Good Press, Bad Press

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Uh huh?

“One reason that cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers.”

― Gwendolyn Brooks, In the Mecca

So my 14 year old sister asked me to stop reading the morning paper.

“Why?” I was puzzled!

“Because there’s so much hate in the paper. They only talk about murders, robberies, kidnappings. You know, the bad stuff. It’s depressing.”

I stared at the paper I was reading. Yes, there it was, written in bold. “Drunken Teenagers Thrash Cop”

And then I couldn’t stop thinking.

Where did we go wrong?

Are alcohol, guns, governments, corporations and newspapers to be blamed? Or are we, as a people, responsible for birthing the news these papers print every night? Is only the press responsible for bad press?

 

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8 thoughts on “Good Press, Bad Press

  1. I think the public is responsible to an extent, for being attracted by sensationalist headlines and reporting. The world is a lot more peaceful than the press suggests, but they focus on the negatives because that’s what sells, sadly.

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