Looking for News? Skip This Week’s Focus on the Debt-Reduction Super Committee - Page 2
That’s how news reporting works. The highlighted stories are the facilely-analyzed, klieg-light-ready topics ready for their close up. The media groupthink pounces on the issue for a news cycle or two. Emotions are ramped up, showcased, and dumped as the end-of-the-world (or salvation-for-the-world) just doesn’t happen. Reporters dust themselves off and swarm to the next top story.
The real news comes in the third-, fourth-, fifth-tier and beyond stories. Those are the ones that detail behind-the-scenes alliances, strange sightings of supposed enemies talking, new statistics suggesting an incipient disease or medical breakthrough. These articles aren’t written by the famous reporters and they aren’t ready for the on-camera stars. But, they are the stories to read to learn what’s news.
Let’s use the Super Committee failure to good purpose. We know that its failure isn’t important to our lives. So, right now, we all can start skipping the overexposed top two stories in whatever we read or watch. We can safely ignore the hard-news Super Committee update, and we can bypass the accompanying sidebar fleshing out some aspect of the failure.
We’ll skip over the over-hyped leads and delve into some real news. Our time will be better spent, we’ll be better informed, and our blood-pressure will be lower.