News, they said, was important to their educational studies. The youngsters erupted in tears when the sad news was finally announced. When the students broke out in songs and celebrations, they were simply celebrating their survival of the worst disaster the world has seen in many years. A commercial airline has just crashed into the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, killing all of the crew. As we all scramble for facts, the real question is: What kind of a world are we living in?
Unfortunately, it seems that all journalists have lost their minds at the thought of writing news stories. Current events and world events have now become mere distractions for some reporters, much like sports players who lose focus in the middle of a crucial game. It’s as if the media is no longer interested in publishing in-depth reports that tell us how government officials are reacting to various current events.
This has been going on for a long time. In fact, the days of covering news stories for a major newspaper or broadcasting news stories on your local television station are gone forever. The reporting process was almost a matter of survival. Today, it is all about who can get the story out first, regardless of how it is told. Whether it’s a breaking news story or a news story disguised as a human interest piece, the public no longer takes pride in reading news stories.
There are several reasons why this has happened. One, the quality of journalism has declined so much that there is little interest in knowing the truth or finding out the truth. Many news reporters today are only interested in getting the story out that way. They don’t want to spend the time reading the story, researching it or finding out what actually happened. As a result, their in-depth reporting efforts have dwindled to almost nothing.
Another reason why most journalists and news outlets have become so one-sided has to do with economics. As society becomes more affluent, the need for journalism and news reporting decline. With less consumers, newspapers and television stations can afford to focus less on deep human interest stories and more on providing information about what the rich and famous are doing. Now, instead of a hot cake coming straight from the oven, you get the latest gossip in the celebrity gossip columns.
A third reason why many people hate reading news stories is that they are often inaccurate and politically motivated. Because journalists and news outlets are often funded by special interest groups, they have an interest in spreading information that will help them make more money. Sometimes this means publishing news stories that are completely inaccurate and one-sided. While it is important to hold reporters accountable for their reporting, spreading bad information just to pander to the public will ultimately hurt the reputation of the news media as a whole.