I am not defending Hillary Clinton. That is something she can do for herself -- or not. What concerns me is the creation of a bogus standard, one that is unattainable in both the private and public realm, and one which ironically invites lying and misrepresentation.
Every time we turn on the TV or scroll through our news feed we see reasons for worry. Admittedly, it is the media's role to report on the world's problems and catastrophes. And yet--why don't journalists also cover stories about solutions to global problems?
The best thing that can happen to bad advice is that it becomes irrelevant, ignored, and forgotten. In the words of Brodsky, "it's the echo that counts." Negativity doesn't deserve a louder voice. Spend your time echoing something worth hearing.
This is a horrendous problem. It suggests that the system is rotting from within on a fundamental level. It suggests that the system is beset with perverse incentives that produce perverse results. And such problems within the system itself are much more difficult to overcome.
Although my (possibly fake) headline is rather extreme, it shows that headlines can manipulate and deceive without being false. Ditto for entire articles, by extension of the linguistic trickery explained in the explanation of the headline.
Being a teen girl, I see the impact that the media has on my friends and a lot of girls' self-confidence. We feel fat, jealous and sad because of the disgusting marketing tools companies use to show us drop-dead "gorgeous" women.
The chicken or the egg? Trump's lead in the polls or the media's sycophantic coverage of Trump? The media's hyperactive coverage of the circus, or the circus's irresistibly magnetic power over the media? Which comes first? Which feeds which? And does it matter?
Breaking bad habits requires discipline. That's what it's going to take to get major media outlets and big-time journalists to stop giving fame and celebrity status to rampagers -- the mass shooters who are killing and debilitating innocent victims at epidemic proportions.
In a classic example of the media being stenographers for law enforcement, DNAinfo delivers a piece built exclusively off of the word of police sources. Almost every single paragraph ends with 'police sources say', 'police said' or some other variation.