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libertyforall
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KevinL75
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There is something fundamentally wrong with the media in the United States.

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Started: 1/23/2008 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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libertyforall

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I watch the news every day. It is almost all I watch on TV. Anyway, today I realized something very disturbing with the media. Here is what disturbed me. Not to long ago I was watching MSNBC and there was a 10 second story on a baby that was thrown over a highway rail and killed. They then totally switched gears and went to talking about politics. No one had anything to say about this incident, there was no emotion shown by anyone except the girl giving the news actually laughed and smiled as she turned things over to Joe Scarbrough. Today, (actually I am watching it ss I write this) on Morning Joe, they were talking about the death of Heath Ledger. They spent a good 5 minuties talking about his death and saying how sad it was (including the same women who didn't show any emotion about a baby being killed). This really pissed me off. What is wrong with the media? They can report a story about the most disgusting of murders and talk about it showing (and feeling) no emotion about it, but then you have something happen to a celebrity and all of a sudden it is tragic. Don't get me wrong, obviously Heath Ledger's death was tragic but without a doubt, so is the murder of an innocent baby.
KevinL75

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I'll accept your premise that when compared to a baby being thrown off of a rail car, the death of Heath Ledger is not something over which it is appropriate to show a ton of emotion - after all, from what I've heard, Ledger had at least some part in contributing to his death, most likely by overdosing.

However, an integral part of your argument seems to be that members of the news media should show appropriate emotion as it relates to the stories which they're reporting. I don't believe this is a feasible idea for members of the media. Even a local news reporter is faced with the job of going into work everyday and relating the news to the citizenry, and let's face it - the kind of news that sells the most is bad news.

If we expected news personalities to react the same way that someone casually watching at home would for every story on which they were reporting, the would most likely develop a wholly depressing view of the world, and it would negatively affect their lives. Because their job deals with gruesome and shocking news all day long, every day, it is appropriate and necessary to develop some kind of detachment from (at least most of) the things they're reporting. This is similar to the kind of detachment that's developed by those work with crime and crime scenes.

It's not that reporters aren't capable of being empathetic or sympathetic to these situations, but if they did allow the stories they reported to affect them the way you think they should, it would probably psychologically damage a whole lot of reporters.
Debate Round No. 1
libertyforall

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Well without anything new to respond to, I'll just make it to 100 characters. Character character character...perfect!
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