4.9.08

...though none dare call it yellow journalism.

When I was about 10, my father went back college to get ahead in life. He attended a Political Science course and of his books for the course syllabus were, "None dare call it treason", and "Splendid little War". I found these among his discarded books and, well I read it. I didn't find them a page turner but I did finish them. (Yes I was a geek.) He probably never knew I read them, but stories and the titles have stuck in the fore of my mind ever since...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yellow journalism is journalism that downplays legitimate news in favor of eye-catching headlines that sell more newspapers. It may feature exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, sensationalism, or unprofessional practices by news media organizations or journalists. Campbell (2001) defines Yellow Press newspapers as having daily multi-column front-page headlines covering a variety of topics, such as sports and scandal, using bold layouts (with large illustrations and perhaps color), heavy reliance on unnamed sources, and unabashed self-promotion. The term was extensively used to describe certain major New York City newspapers about 1900 as they battled for circulation. By extension the term is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion, such as systematic political bias.




Bias, bias? We don't need no stinking bias.




The editor of US weekly does a squirm on Fox.



This kind of journalism is just wrong. I thought that journalistic ethic was one of the first things taught in journalism 101. Perhaps I am wrong.

de Brantigny

(1) W.Joesph Campbell, PHD

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