“We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation–to make a point–than to further the cause of truth.” Edgar Allan Poe.
“Quoth the raven nevermore…” Edgar wrote in the poetry that brought him fame. The poem concerns loss. I worked as a medical examiner in Baltimore a half-century ago near his remains. How appropriate that the morgue should end up so near his grave.
But as to his remark about the news, it still holds true as I write this. Frequently, the writing involves fear of loss. The newspapers try to sell readers and the networks as well as social media try to sell eyes on televisions or computers, all for ad revenue. They appeal to the sensational, not necessarily the truth.
I try to dig through several newspapers and other sources electronically to understand a complex event. It is a part of the opportunity open to me in retirement. Thank God for this phase of life that allows me to dig more deeply. Hopefully, I am getting an accurate assessment. The truth matters to each of us.