scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: This is objective reporting?
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Fri Jul 07 1972 - 11:21:06 CDT
On Fri, 7 Jul 2000, Bob Lazell wrote:
> The good in Scouting is treated no differently by the media than any good in
> our society, as non-news. That fact that anyone is surprised by this is the
> only thing that surprises me.
Very very true. The Journalistic definition of "news" is: not ordinary,
unexpected -- NEW.
"16 Million Schoolchildren arrived home without incident on 6 July 2000"
isn't a headline that will let anyone say anything other than
"53 Million Mail carriers not bit by dogs 5 July 2000" isn't news, even
"Pit Bull attacks mail carrier" isn't BIG news anymore (too many pit
bulls) but "Mail carrier mauled by Chichahua" d* well IS news. (g)
> and should, not imply a 2-way street. I'm very sure that the Klu Klux Klan
Ahem. That's Ku Klux Klan. (As a member once pointed out, nastily, to
me when I used the extra L.)
And, if I may be permitted to throw sugar into a boiling pot of water --
if people'd quit reading/watching tripe, they'd print/show less of it.
Everyone I hear talking thinks Greed and Millionaire and Survivor are
AWFUL concepts, but be darn if they can't quote from the latest show (at
least, I think it's the latest -- I wasted my 30 minutes a week of TV on
the fireworks the other night). If the Neilsens for those shows dropped
to 10%, those shows would be dropped faster'n you could say "shoot-fire."