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Fluff Journalism

Original post made by Cindy Cross, Parkside, on Apr 22, 2011

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.

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Posted by LJ
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Apr 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I actually did read about the deaths of Photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hendros. However, it was not on the front page of the mainstream media. Instead I read about both men in the obituary section of a major newspaper. If I hadn't been looking for a friend's obit I would have missed the story of these men's tragic deaths.
I guess it's all about selling news. It's a sad comentary that people would rather read about the "Bling" rather than the lives of newsworthy men and women that are trying to make a difference in our crazy world.

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Posted by lillieh
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 22, 2011 at 9:36 pm

LOVE your writing! This article was very amusing! And I'm so sick of fluff journalism!

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Thanks for writing this piece- I agree! I heard a great piece on NPR last week about the journalists in Libya. There was also great interviews with journalists who had been injured multiple times in the line of work they do and what drives them to continue.

Those who want real news can still seek it out, then there are those who just want news that reflects their personal point of view and then call it news. With the amount of television Americans watch, and stupid television, we sure have dumbed down the information we are receiving.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of another community
on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Right on Cindy!! Too mamy in this generation have been raised on soaps, Playboy and romance novels. Too many are just plain brain dead, or at least really numb. Naturally then, this is what they want and publishers want to sell thier wares. Hopefully, the light will dawn before it's too late.

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Posted by Who?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:35 pm

WHO IS Cindy Cross ? I've seen the cindy posts several times in the last several weeks..a So So writer. Are you a student ?? I've challenged some of your points. I agree ALL media is pretty bad in their selection of topics. The scary part is reporters totally ignorance on subjects...however, that ignorance doesn't hinder them from sharing their 'opinions' which apparently they must value themselves.
Altho Cindy'a premise that reporting is pretty pathetic is correct, I fear she does not knock my socks off.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

Who is WHO? Maybe someone trying to pose as an intellectial?

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Posted by crosse
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Another great post Cindy. I look forward to your posts each week. They are factual, entertaining and "food for thought". Who is Who? Sir, I doubt you have ever had your "socks knocked off", you are what one would consider a BOOR!

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