Fluff Journalism by Cindy Cross
The current state of affairs in the world seems to be in utter chaos; wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, civil unrest in most of Northern Africa, rising price of gasoline, etc.
But what headlines do we hear about the most? Here are a few:
“Charlie Sheen booed in New York During his One Man Act”
(Who cares about this self-absorbed nut case? Can we please stop giving this guy free press?)
“Plane Carrying First Lady Michelle Obama Narrowly Misses Military Jet”
(Truth be told, the military jet was three miles away! Please! Let me know when her plane was missed by three inches: Even then I may be a little annoyed since no one was hurt, right?)
“Prince William and Catherine Middlefield Wedding Plans Revealed”
(Sure it’s sweet, but didn’t we leave England to escape all this royal buffoonery? Constant headline news about what she might wear, or who was not invited to the wedding is getting real old. For goodness sakes, can we please get this wedding over with and move on?)
“Lindsay Lohan to Change her Name to Lindsay—Dropping Lohan”
(Why don’t you drop the Lindsay too so we don’t have to watch your train crash for the umpteenth time?)
Sure, we all need trifles to keep all the bad news at bay, but the constant hammering of specific “fluff journalism” stories bury the important news.
How many of you are aware of Tim Hetherington’s death on April 20th? He was an award winning British journalist killed by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) while documenting the civil war in Misrata Libya. He directed the Academy Award nominated 2010 documentary film, Restrepo - put into literary form by renowned writer Sebastian Junger.
Also killed during the RPG attack in Libya was American journalist Chris Hendros—at least 6 other journalists were injured.
American journalist Clare Gillis has been missing in Libya for sixteen days along with at least six local journalists and two media support workers are also unaccounted for.
I suppose this news doesn’t sell newspapers, but these journalists gave their lives to gather it.