savannah (onsafari) wrote,

Yellow journalism

I am hugely and unashamedly enjoying the lament of one reader over at officialgaiman. Some poor kid wrote in that:
My Idea of true journalism is to hold people accountable for what they do, be a watchdog for the common man, and not get caught up in political/financial partisan hackery for self advancement.

I can't think of that happening too much anymore.
Yesterday, I listened to a radio package where the focus of the story was "how it can be dangerous to walk all day in a concrete mall." Meaning people might drop dead from the strain on their heart from WALKING.

This is not journalism. This is theatre. This is the grand stage of mediocrity. Praying on peoples fears and offending them by talking down to them.

I'm sorry, but this really makes me giggle. My husband and I will periodically have conversations that revolve around this subject. He wasn't aware that yellow journalism was the standard about a hundred years ago. News has always been theater. It's just a little more obvious now. One of the many reasons I can't watch it on TV and can barely stand it in the papers. They try so hard to pretend that they're just telling a story when it's not even remotely the same. But then, its sort of like debating the difference between fact and truth. There's always interpretation.
Tags: hackery, news
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