Journalism—before it became an amorphous entity called the media—used to be devoted (primarily, at least) to reporting the news. Nowadays journalists and wannabes seem as ready to create—or “enhance”—events as report them. “Breaking news” stories go on and on and on . . .
The hostage situation in Australia was but a recent example. That went on non-stop as “breaking” news for nearly seventeen hours. Wouldn’t an occasional update have served as well to keep the public informed? I cannot help but believe such coverage—the repetition, the sensationalizing of every trivial detail—merely encourages the sickos in our midst. School shootings are a case in point. A Columbine begets a Newtown begets a—
Protests following the Ferguson incident in Missouri and the choke-hold tragedy in New York caught our attention—and continue do so. The basic issues should do so! But to what extent are the protests the result of sensationalized media accounts—and/or of opportunists seizing on events to promote their own agendas? Still, one cannot deny that, while there is a degree of exaggeration and “jumping on the bandwagon” on the part of many demonstrators, there ARE fundamental inequities in the legal system. (To protesters, however, “the legal system” has taken on the persona of some sort of monolithic entity, practiced uniformly throughout the nation!)
Now we are seeing police officers—totally unconnected to the incidents in question—being assassinated as they go about routine duties, their deaths born of an “us versus them” mentality. No right-thinking person can condone cops’ targeting black men, but neither can we summarily dismiss all police officers as racists who have merely traded their white sheets for blue uniforms.
A little moderation—common sense—serious thinking—sincere consideration of an on-going problem in the American psyche would seem to be in order . . .