Below is something I wrote nearly three years ago. I just think that far too often various media types give time and attention to stories and those who really are not worthy of our time to read or listen to.
I like Roger's thought...
Just some thoughts:
Will Rogers was many things. In his time he was the most widely read newspaper columnist in the country. He was always looking for a story.
In the space of two years, 1925-1927, he wrote 511 columns, and, beginning in 1926 until his death in 1935, he wrote 2,861 daily squibs. He was the most syndicated writer of his time. He had articles that appeared in the most popular magazines of the times. He was as big as any TV journalism-type personality you might think of today. He wrote about everything, and most everybody read what he wrote.
Now here is the difference in Will Rogers and too much of what we have today.
Rogers went to visit and interview Al Capone while in prison. He interviewed him for the longest time and took a vast amount of notes. After doing such, he did something that would be unthinkable on the part of a “journalist” today. He would not submit the story to be published. Here is what he said;
What’s the matter with an age when our biggest gangster is our greatest national interest?”
Good question, Will.
Media giving thought to what they might do in a given situation, and realizing that by giving publicity, it could make him into a “hero.”
Unfortunately far too often today, the media, print and television are more than willing, for the sake of a story, to give exposure to whatever and whomever.
Today we have too many “Capone’s” being given media’s print, too much prime time and far too often even shown in a positive light. My opinion.
August 19, 2013