Before we switched to the 24 hour news cycle, the formula really wasthat simple. The most tragic, gruesome news was always the Big Story. Earthquake, plane crash, that annoying boy band does a reunion tour. You know, the real tragic stuff.
There was more airtime to fill. Instead of just the reporting the news they gave more attention to how their wall-to-wall coverage could let them shape public opinion about it.
When selecting news stories they report, notice their story-telling angle. Seriously, it’s not about events, so much as story telling. There are heroes, villains and victims at every turn. And — shocker — the villains tend to always be people their beloved Democrats oppose or vilify.
This has nothing to do with the fact that they all practically swooned with each Democratic electoral victory, or any tingles up Chris Matthews’ leg, or even the fact that a former Clinton “White House Communications Director” went on to be chief anchor at ABC news. Impartial coverage. Of course not.
So how does one tell the news when you are trying desperately not to tarnish the record of the party you used to work for? Tell a story that upholds the White House narrative. Splinter America into small groups, to play one against the other. Portray “target demographics” as victims which can then be easily exploited by the next nominee.
Barack Obama and George Zimmerman, for example each have one white parent. But news (or Obama himself, for that matter) never emphasizes Obama’s maternal heritage. It doesn’t propel the narrative forward. Zimmerman was different. Because they had already cast him in the role of villain, he was described “white hispanic” on CNN.
They will ignore real stories with actual victims and instead give wall-to-wall reporting on a hunger strike by a pampered millionaire activist. If you are looking for real black victims you might read the obits on any long weekend in Chicago. I’d say “news”, but it apparently their deaths aren’t newsworthy enough to #matter.
It isn’t hard to prove their hypocrisy. Would it be newsworthy