Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Today's Cartoon: JonBenet Ramsey, John Mark Karr and the Emmy Awards

I wonder how long it's going to take for the mainstream media to start blaming "the public's obsession" of the JonBenet Ramsey case, in response to the wave of criticism that is about to hit them, over their relentless, round the clock coverage of John Mark Karr's incarceration; now that he has been cleared of any involvement in the JonBenet Ramsey Case.

The media's responsibility to the public is to keep "us" informed as to what "they" determine to be the most important "news" stories. The public has absolutely NO say as to what the mainstream media decides to be "important". All that we can do is criticize their decisions, which are routinely ignored... Or, we can rely upon the internet to stay informed ;)

In my opinion, the "public's obsession" with the JonBenet Ramsey case is a non-entity, simply because we have no control over the press or the decisions that it makes. "Ratings" are no excuse for excessive (and unnecessary) coverage, because if the media were to provide the same amount of attention any other story, more people would tune into that mainly because they trust in what the media believes to be "important".

Unfortunately it is becoming more and more apparent to me that either the mainstream media can no longer determine what is actually "important", or they are completely taking advantage of the public's trust in them, by using it as an opportunity to use "tabloid journalism" to distract the viewer/reader's attention away from much bigger and more important issues.

Either way, it would appear that the mainstream media has been hijacked by itself; and thus, only has itself to blame... which means that they owe the public a HUGE apology for wasting its time.


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