After reading the comic stip by John Campbell, a reader can understand that it is referring to Michael Jackson or another pop culture star (as it states in the sentence following the comic).
While reading this comic, I immediately thought of the most recent death of Senator Kennedy. As you read the comic, specifically the fourth square, you know that someone is going to be on the television or in the newspaper stating that Sen. Kennedy was a great person and accomplished many goals in his life. This may be all true, and most likely is, but we must understand that if this event would not have occurred, then we would have never heard from this individual.
Now as we continue to read, the comic states that "someone will read from Wikipedia." So, I browsed Wikipedia and found the Wikipedia webpage devoted to Senator Kennedy. The key word in this specific comic square is the word "edited." At the top of the page, on Wikipedia, it states that the "information will be changing rapidly due to his recent death." This seems to relate with exactly what the comic is saying.
The second to last comic square talks about a "crowd gathering" and this can be seen, in relation to Sen. Kennedy, by looking on his tribute website. This may not be an actual crowd of people, but it is a virtual crowd that is already giving tributes to Sen. Kennedy.
And finally, the last comic square states "what a story" (Campbell) which sums it all up and this applies to any event. The sadness of Senator Kennedy passing can be called a "great story" because of the great impact that he and his family had on our nation throughout his life.
So, why am I talking about the comic strip and the passing of Senator Kennedy? Well, this is because of how the media takes one person's death and puts it on everyone's mind (front row center). Would you agree that the news should respect the family and their thoughts on having his picture and information shared and talked about all over the world. It is good for us to hear about him, if we don't know much, but the news seems to always go over board when someone famous dies.
If it wasn't for famous people, then the news would be even shorter in length. We always, almost everyday, read about a famous person or someone in government, but we don't always seem to hear about the older lady down the street who saved an abandoned animal.
So, is the news bias in what they report?
What is so different from a famous person that dies or a normal citizen?
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