Between 'not wanting to know' on the one hand and going to the extremes of outrage on the other, so often it is difficult to remember much of the in-between after some of our news programmes. I meet folk who live in depression and fear - it's not caused by the news but it isn't helped by it. The intriguing paradox of 'not believing what you read in the papers' (or see/hear on television and radio news) is often not lived out by those who offer the advice so glibly.
News is not what happens - it is what journalists choose to write about. It is an edited, partial, selected view of what happens - there is no such thing as uninterpreted fact - but the time is ripe for a different selection and a philosophy that has the nerve to ignore viewing figures.
It would be good to see a wider appreciation of news-sense in those who decide what is finally broadcast. It has become frighteningly narrow - a strange thing to say about journalists]
Stanley, County Durham
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