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Jon Halsey: Wishful thinking re: Fourth Estate, responsibility

On yellow journalism; Writer Press ignores responsibilities inherent in the Constitution which gives journalists certain freedoms
Comments re article 57397 Martha Berry Carol Perkins right but should carry it farther

By Jon Halsey

Ahh were it so! Unfortunately the Fourth Estate has been ever so. Just as unfortunately it seems it is the human condition for the worst in us to rise and overpower the best in us.

Back in the late 1800's they even coined a term for it when Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolf Hearst (of Citizen Kane infamy) squared off. Some wag coined a new term: Yellow journalism, which is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. (known in the trade as: Screamers).

Most of today's media seem to ignore the responsibility inherent in the Constitution which gives the "Press" freedoms that the ordinary citizen does not have. I am convinced that CM's insistence on "swimming against the tide" accounts for a large share of it's popularity and avid support. Now if CM's multitudinous staff could fan out across the country and re-educate their fellow journalist on avoiding the "feeding frenzy", eschew the "screamers" and limit their items to facts - "What a wonderful world it would be." - Jon Halsey, Knifley, KY.

This story was posted on 2013-02-03 17:45:01
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