Wednesday, April 14, 2010

why i hate the press

"A gunbattle erupted on the main coast boulevard in the heart of this Pacific resort Wednesday afternoon, killing six people, including a mother and her 8-year-old child. None of the victims appeared to be tourists."

After writing that a mother and her 8-year-old girl were gunned down indiscriminately in Acapulco, The Associated Press writes that none of the dead appeared to be tourists, as if that mattered in any way whatsoever. Stop pandering to your audience – Americans care about kids dying, whether they're American or not – when you don't need to pander, you fucking idiots. Bury (no horrific pun intended) the pandering that I understand is necessary but really doesn't belong in journalism, put it further down in the story and provide some context that is actually worthwhile (ie, innocent children killed in drug war.)


  1. Amen to that. But, in my opinion, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to problems with the press.

  2. you tell 'em. it irritates me when i read news pieces that always feel the need to include "no Americans were believed___ (killed, injured, annoyed in any way) as it if it matters. People dying is just that people dying. Oh, some Mexicans died in Acapulco? They weren't tourists? OH THANK GOD. smh.