"An environmental leader said, 'Bad behavior is rewarded because what gets reported is the most outrageous statement made.' For every reader who thought the press was guilty of showing a political or ideological bias in the news columns, there were many more who complained about what they called 'negative' bias" (Haiman 49).
Haiman, once again, brings up some very interesting and debatable ideas and topics about the news industry. The quote above made me think about newspapers and also the television media. What is the most common phrase that, most, people say about the media or news?
"All that I see or read is bad news. Where is the good news?"
This statement is so popular among the variety of people I talk to that it has become second nature to even think differently.
According to Marano, "it [our brain] is simply built with a greater sensitivity to unpleasant news" (1).
Marano wrote the above quote in Psychology Today and it matches our society and most people's brain. When you hear of an unusual or tragic event, then what do you do? I would think that you would find out more information or talk to other people about it. The same concept applies when writing a news article. The author wants to find the "news worthy" aspect of the story and they usually will do whatever it takes.
Dr. Nauert, in Psych Central, stated "The researchers found that news about local health threats increased attention and memory in readers more than news about distant, or nonlocal, health threats" (1).
It is amazing how negative news attracts more people than good news.
So, why does the media and newspaper usually report from a negative angle?
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