Science Addiction

A dormant blog by Devanshu Mehta

Tag: news

How the Media Decides What’s News


This morning, I found Natalie Holloway had returned to the front page of CNN. This afternoon, I find a story on by Brian Stelter about the Independent Film Channel’s new show ‘IFC Media Project‘ which explores, among other things, how certain stories make it to prime time.

“People love to hear stories about tragedies,” Mr. Garrison tells the producers, sitting in his office, a framed copy of a People magazine cover saying “What Happened to Caylee?” on the wall. “It’s like eating a potato chip; you just can’t stop.”

Cable channels presented almost 900 reports about Caylee in the first 12 weeks after she disappeared. “During that time, approximately 100,000 other children were reported missing,” the program observes.

The show hopes to look in to the military “analysts” that show up on the news programs who have clear conflicts of interest and how advertisers influence which stories get covered. The show will be hosted by Gideon Yago, who younglings may remember from MTV News.

Note: The IFC is advertising on the same page as this article. Ironic?

Election Over: CNN Back to Non-Journalism

Now that the election is over, CNN and others can return to what they do best:

That’s their front page. The good news is, we will now discover Anna Nicole Smiths new baby, Michael Jacksons illness, that Paris Hilton actually supported McCain and that sources are reporting that journalism standards have been abducted, molested, killed and the remains are scattered all over the Hudson river.

Good Times: HuffPost and Drudge Agree on Headlines

Aah, bipartisanship– where will you rear your pretty head next? Both Drudge and Huffington Post can agree- bailouts are a crazy thing. Both of them scream on their front page (a version of):

Mayors of Philadelphia, Phoenix seek bailout share

Good times.