Child Snatchings Are Hot Button Issue for Media (washingtonpost.com) Media Notes by Howard Kurtz. In today’s column he asks: “Are journalists basically vultures who pick at the carcasses of tragedy victims?” I recoiled at this because journalists are not vultures, instead they are often made to seem so by the structure of their profession. Then Kurtz makes what I believe is an error, saying: “The recent outbreak of media hype over child-snatchings seems to know no bounds. All manner of relatives, friends and the surviving victims themselves are rounded up for the talk show circuit, their grief marketed for public consumption. It’s almost expected now: something terrible happens to you or your family, you head for the nearest studio and tell the world.” Kurtz is not talking about journalists. He’s talking about talk show entertainers and equating them with journalists. Katie Couric and her ilk are not journalists. I don’t think we’ll ever begin to correct the problems of modern American journalism as long as we blur the line between news and entertainment.
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