Thu, 3 December 2015
If you tried to watch the news in the last 24 hours, you were likely left wanting. That's because for the past day nearly every media outlet has been broadcasting 24/7 coverage of a story they largely know nothing about.
The shooting in San Bernardino, a Bonnie, and Clyde duo was met with a smorgasbord of coverage and rampant speculation. Why do so many news outlets feel the need to guess at the news?
I think the answer is simple. In the world of 24-hour news coverage, most media outlets need to fill time. Especially during a quickly evolving story where little is known. This requires them to ask questions and speculate when there is clearly no "news" available.
You might ask, "Why not just move on to another story why you wait?"
That's a great question. The problem is that when they change topics you change the channel. True journalism is becoming a thing of the past. Most news outlets don't want to report on stories that aren't already being reported on. Nobody wants to "break" a story. There's simply too much risk.
During a rapidly evolving story, they get to pretend like they're doing to news why getting cover for potentially getting facts wrong since the story is "quickly evolving."
It's a sad, sad state of affairs in America today. Not a great time to be a real journalist. All that and more today on the show.