Letter: Int’l media prefer mono-news coverage

The principles of ethical journalism…apparently have been usurped…Build a mountain out of a molehill and then recycle it ad nauseam.

To the editor:

Until Malaysia Airlines MH370 went missing, I had no idea how little important news occurred each day.

Perhaps the global media is suffering from a post-Olympic-Games hangover and can’t get motivated to do any genuine investigative reporting.

Journalists have always been thought of as highly respected professionals. Lately they seem content to dramatize (verb: represent something in a staged or theatrical manner) and regurgitate (verb: feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food) the flimsy clues and dubious reports coming out of Malaysia.

The principles of ethical journalism—truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability––apparently have been usurped by another doctrine, namely: Build a mountain out of a molehill and then recycle it ad nauseam.

Lloyd Atkins,

Vernon

 

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