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We’re Journalists! Reporters! We have “ethics”!

ha ha ha… ethics… ethics die in the hands of unbridled sensationalism… they die in the hands of analytics and ‘trends’… they die in the hands of the foolish and childish…

 

 

When I searched “ken bone” on twitter… this is what twitter gave to me… sensationalist bullsquirt articles deriding Ken Bone…

 

Ken Bone’s Disturbing Reddit History Shows He’s Not Nearly as Adorable as We Thought
Ken Bone was hailed as a symbol of all that is right and good in America after his debate question on Sunday. Now, however, a fuller picture of the guy in a red…
The Daily Beast

Ken Bone is actually kind of an awful guy
America’s debate sweetheart may be a bit bad to the Bone. Ken Bone ogled Jennifer…
New York Post Oct 14, 2016

Ken Bone’s Reddit account reveals some pretty unsavory past comments
Ken Bone might not be the loveable undecided voter America thought.
Mashable Oct 14, 2016

 

Now I have already talked about the fairly average nature of his comments…

 

But this truly grossed me out…

 

It also reminded me of a line from Harry Potter

“You horrible woman. You don’t care, do you, anything for a story, and anyone will do, won’t they?”

– Hermione Granger (talking about the sensationalist reporter Rita Skeeter)

 

Frankly, I’d like to litter this post with all kinds of swears… but I swear enough as it is on Pink Ink soooo… What I’m trying to say is I’m pissed off. I’m so pissed off in fact that I am not going to publish this for a while. I’d hate to say something in anger that I’d later regret.

 

Now… why am I pissed off?

 

I think I’m pissed off because of the sheer rudeness and hypocrisy. That this is how people choose to behave on ‘news’ sites that go on and on about how they’re wonderful and ethical and do no wrong… That this is what they choose to write about. They choose to write low quality gossip as if the entire world was still stuck in middle school.

 

Frankly, while I understand that people have every right to be gossipy jerks, I feel that if they want to be gossipy jerks than they should go make their own gossipy jerk websites and not pass themselves off as news sites. There is a difference.

 

 

It’s very frustrating.

 

When this is the kind of stuff that modern media companies choose to publish… It’s kind of easy to see how so many people distrust the general media.

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