And then, though folks who were with me on MSN Spaces already have read from me on two occasions, I am dead set against what I call "yellow journalism" in the papers as well as television. It's far far worse in television nowadays. This harrangue of mine concerns when tragedies happen..wrecks, fires, accidents of any type..shootings, you name it and what happens when the media is there. National news and local news makes no difference. They are there with a microphone thrust dead into the face of the poor dazed victim, asking horrible leading intrusive questions aimed at making the victim or victim's family cry..at which time...the camera goes for a close up so we can see the tears and hear the halting voice as the poor person who can't think straight (otherwise they wouldn't allow themselves this "honor" of being interviewed), IF we can hear their pitiful words over the smarmy piano playing in the back ground that was cued up for such an event. That disgusting music is of course meant to evoke pity from the viewing audience.
The pity part however is the horrific spectacle that the media puts these people thru. They do it for money..because some people out there actually enjoy seeing other folks' misery and misfortune. It sells papers, gets advertisers and makes money but the poor victim...not at all. They are being used.
What happened to the times when, if a crime was committed, they reported it as a crime, what it was, maybe who committed it and the possibility of them having gone to jail. NOW we have to know who..what happened in gruesome detail down to the last drop of blood and the pictures of same are spread out for our "enjoyment". We have to know every single useless detail down to the size of underwear (kidding) the killer/perp was wearing and what color. But the more blood..the more gruesome the better. The pictures are paramount. If it's children..oh..they REALLY play it up. I watched a so called Dr. interviewing a child on ABC the other day deliberately asking questions to make that boy cry. And he did.
OK. That's my last treatise on this..just had to say it. I won't usually watch news at all for the very reason stated here and yesterday. Plus..the TV news..all of them, are not balanced and the media are very happy to show their political favoritism and slant the news accordingly. Done.