No truth in the news and no news in the truth

Posted: March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Do you watch the news? What is the news, for you? Why does something make “the news”?

When I was 3 years old CNN was launched. The world was treated to 24 hour news. Since 1980 we have been bombarded with the 24 hour news cycles and presented with news all the time. Just think about it. How many 24 hour news organizations can you name right now? I bet you could name at least 3…. Now I have one more question for you of the 3 (you may know of more), how many cover the same stories? Within the same 24 hour news cycle why does there seem to be all the same stories? Aren’t different things happening at the same time all over the world?

I have an interesting theory about this and it stems from my posts title. “No truth in the news and no news in the truth” So what does that mean to me? Hmm that a news story is broadcast because it will be read or listened not because it should be. Therefore “the news” brings to the forefront stories which will be seen. The stories that make the news channels are the sensational and not always exactly true. So you got one catchy maxim and now I will give you another. Always skeptical never cynical.

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Last week my favorite news radio show On Point with Tom Ashbrook interviewed a writer who had just published a book in which he scrutinized the news in the world. The writter brought up many points and the one which resonated most with me is that, with all the information available we the consumer can become our own editor. As an editor we should be careful to understand what we read see and hear. So be skeptical, not cynical and understand your own place in the world of the 24 hour news cycle and the always on generation. I guess ultimately what I am saying is do not loose yourself in the sea of news.  Perspective is so important!

The only gossip I’m interested in is things from the Weekly World News – ‘Woman’s bra bursts, 11 injured’. That kind of thing.

Johnny Depp

peace

john3c

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