News organizations keep us abreast of what is going on in the world – at least they claim that is what they are doing.
But “yellow journalism” and “sensationalism” live on. They always concentrate on what is going on that is “bad” or “frightening” or “heart-wrenching” but NEWS? Hell, they just do not have time for that!
Items that should be considered vital to our understanding of the world are generally ignored or misreported.
But everything that might send fear through the society is reported, often, and loudly. It is almost as if they wanted to keep us all in fear.
But that’s something for the conspiracy theorists to ponder.
The part I am most interested in is the blatant mediocrity in the mainstream media. It is almost as if they had a checklist they followed: three killings, a terrorist attack, tragedy striking a family in the Midwest, or Northeast, or wherever.
Sometimes they go to great length to fill their quota of these things. I live in Virginia and if there is no killing locally – and with D.C. so close, that is a rare occurrence – they will mention a killing done in Des Moines or Tulsa, Oklahoma. The killing does not have to be local, though that would be better “news”, any random slaying coast to coast will fill the quota.
I’m sure you’ve seen this before even if you’ve never actually noticed it. It is as though they have decided what should be in a standard news report and they search the wires until they find all the stories that meet the bill and fill the various time slots.
This is news at its mediocritiest. (If there is such a word… “most mediocre” if there isn’t.)
Before the JFK Assassination in 1963, the evening news latest a total of thirty minutes: 15 for local news and 15 for national news. And that was all.
After the Kennedy killing, news became a much larger part of television broadcasting.
Too bad they have not done more with it in the years intervening.