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What Is “News”?

dachs_dude Wrote: Apr 14, 2013 11:52 AM
If you listen to the stories the media talks about on the news, or on TV, you only need to ask yourself one question: "Would this story be of interest to the frightened, suburban, soccer-mom, who frets every waking minute about the safety of her "babies". A school bus crash in a small town used to be LOCAL news. Now it's NATIONAL news.

When the massacre in Newtown occurred, it received wall-to-wall coverage, as well it should have. We’d never seen anything like this before – a mentally ill gunman shooting tiny children and their teachers in an elementary school. It shocked the senses and dominated the national conversation – as well it should have.

And aside from opportunistic leftists, such as Michael Moore and Piers Morgan, the original coverage leaned toward what caused the murderer to act and how such mental illness might be addressed in the future. But just as a serious and productive conversation was beginning, the political agenda of...