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Yellow Journalism – An Accepted Practice to Promote Harmful Agendas

30 Apr

Yellow Journalism or sensationalism, they’re both the same. How about yellow as in cowardly? I found one example of the word yellow used in a sentence:

Yellow shouts louder and increasingly, it’s the color of choice for the driver who wants to make a statement

Yellow Journalism2Yellow journalism is a spineless way of exploiting, distorting or exaggerating mostly gossip (I won’t call it news) to create sensations of shock; and attract readers aiming to boost circulation of stories that are NOT newsworthy.

These journalists seek out what they deem as sensational stories because they’re too indolent to explore the history of the report; or they aren’t honest enough to acquire the story first hand, from the source. Yet, their aim is to make a loud statement. What’s so alarming about gossip or tabloid junk or a report magnified beyond the limit of truth? There is such a thing as making a loud statement using a lie, but an even larger statement can be made with the truth if it’s presented in good taste or not overstated.

Truth runs marathons; Lies runs sprints. “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court”, in the words of Michael Jackson.

Promoting truth is a marathon effort in itself. In many instances truth becomes or is a greater than normal, extensive and exhausting mission; as in the case of Michael Jackson’s 2005 accusations of molestation. Michael Jackson was correct in his statement that the truth would win that particular marathon in court. However, because many “Yellow Journalist” desired to keep him under a “false light” an attempt to continue the marathon effort was exploited. False light invasion of privacy occurs when information is published about a person that is false or places the person in a false light, is highly offensive to a reasonable person, and is published with knowledge or in reckless disregard of whether the information was false or would place the person in a false light.    False Light

In the case of the deceased person truth run sprints because the truth has a brief life-span while lies last much longer. There are not many who care to challenge the lies because truth doesn’t boost ratings or produce wealth or fame. The accepted form of journalism, especially in America, is to exploit and distort. Tabloid addicts seem to approve of this type of journalism because it satisfies the shock therapy they crave by providing them that sudden or violet disturbance of the mind, emotions or their sensibilities.  

Defamation PhotoSince many people are under the assumption that the reputations of the dead can’t be hurt we have become comfortable with that analogy; and so we continue to promote the agendas of yellow journalists and odious citizens or groups who have become addicted to these shock tactics. How many of us thought it was newsworthy to view the deathbed/morgue photos of Michael Jackson during the televised trial of Conrad Murray or the death photo of Whitney Houston in her casket and, published by the National Enquirer? Of course the National Enquirer has kicked it up another notch and posted Michael Jackson’s morgue photo on the front cover of their latest  issue and enjoy using it as their profile picture on twitter.  I, personally, consider it to be disrespectful to the preservation of Mr. Jackson’s and Ms. Houston’s memory, hurtful to their children, parents, siblings, other family members, friends and yes, once again,  their fans.

Yet we have another final indignity for Ms. Houston, especially after her family made an enormous effort to keep the viewing of her remains private. Whitney Houston’s Casket Photo on Front Page of NE

Another internet media source titles it “Whitney Houston’s open casket photo on tabloid cover”, Open Casket Photo of Whitney Houston

Should we blame the tabloid news outlet for publishing the photo of Ms. Houston or the person that sold the photo to the tabloid outlet? I think blames lies with both parties. They were both gluttonous for financial gain and guilty of exploitation.

We ALL have an agenda, even Cadeflaw and our fixed and final mission has NOT changed. The deceased are not here to defend themselves. We have become their voice. We will continue to call for a law that will hold people accountable for their appalling actions toward the deceased.  

Free Speech ceases to be free when it is used to exploit, distort and defame. You can join us to make this law a reality or you can pretend you don’t see the tragedy in this accepted practice to promote hate by covering it up with beautiful photos and videos. However, beautiful the photos and videos of victims like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and others they won’t stop people with wicked minds; remember they know how to create photos and videos too. In fact, some of them use these death photos as their profile pictures on many internet sites.

How long will we stay divided between two opinions or will we stand up for what’s right? How long will we accept Yellow Journalism – An Accepted Practice to Promote Harmful Agendas?

Help protect and preserve the legacy of the deceased. Don’t allow people to trample on their memories.

AdLLaw Global Petition

 Cadeflaw Global Petition  – Petition Closed

Cadeflaw CA Petition – Petition Closed

“The life of the dead lies in the memory of the living.”

 

We have free speech for everyone who has nothing to say, but if you have an opinion, then speak at your own peril.

~Air Force Colonel, Morris Davis~

 

Yellow JournalismYellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies by W. Joseph Campbell

 

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One response to “Yellow Journalism – An Accepted Practice to Promote Harmful Agendas

  1. Dialdancer

    May 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Sex, infidelity, misfortune, political intrigue and murder will always be a staple of any kind of news reporting. The News industries know people and know people like to gossip. They like the opportunity to lord over someone who has fallen on hard times or is in trouble. They know some live vicariously through those seen as the privileged and important. They also know the easiest way to misinform and mis-educate a populous is to askew the truth or create a lie, spread it in print and keep repeat it until it becomes the truth.

    With this “truth” the necessity for accuracy and fact checking is neither required nor desired. Most people may feel some sympathy for the victims of our new Yellow Journalism. They may feel outraged for someone they know, but just as with the latest report of violence we do not believe it will happen to us. We do not know how easy it is to go from unknown to infamous and what it does to home, family, happiness, earning potential and the ability to move about freely without intrusion.

    When these losses come by way of the defamation of a loved one it is only then people wish there were a law like CadeFlaw.

     

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