Thursday, March 31, 2005

The news has got to stop

Right now in the American media machine, we are in the middle of one of the worst news cycles in years. Between the Michael Jackson trial and Schiavo versus Schindler family fued, some of the most important news of the twenty-first century has been pushed back to page two. As if the media circus karma here has come full circle, Johnnie Cochran past away this week. The originator of media saturation, Cochran was the lead attorney for the defense in the O.J. Simpson trial. That trial set the standard for what has now become the norm in reporting. Some people call it sensationalizing, others call it trash. I consider it the easy way out. It's too difficult for lazy journalists to write about what should matter to the public. Some journalists use the cop-out excuse that they're just reporting what people want to know about. The flaw in that thinking is this: Journalist set the agenda for the news. They decide what goes on page one. If newspapers decided to put the ACLU trial against Donald Rumsfeld before pre-season baseball articles, more people would consider it important. If more journalists took the high road, so to speak, more Americans would know what they're country has done and is doing in Iraq and Afganistan. We might start to understand why some of the things we read about are happening. But, that is the hard way. The easy way is to scramble outside of a courtroom in Southern California waiting for soundbytes, or publicizing a family fued over a sick woman.


At 8:16 AM, Anonymous Peter said...

Miss Currell, Surely you would agree that it is part of the dumbing down of America. That portion of the country that questions the path this country is being lead down seems to be shrinking daily. We stand by while Bush manipulates the press. Many belive everything they hear. We thrive on packaged entertainment shows and gossip magazines. We pay our athletes and entertainers millions more than those that we leave our kids with daily expecting, hoping that those they will turn out better than we did. Better educated, more accepting of diversity around us but it is an up hill battle. Question Authority, Don't just buy in.

We need more journalist like you that challenge use to see what is going on around us. You make me want to know more.

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