Don’t Filter the News

Covert Matters Digest The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

When the Press Does its Job

By Harry M. Covert

When reporters report the news, they’re not participating in a popularity contest. They’re supposed to give the facts fairly and objectively.

There is great misunderstanding among many news consumers that only good news should fill news pages. This doesn’t work. Never has.

A Pennsylvania publisher once committed to printing only good news. Circulation and advertising dropped quickly and within a few months and massive financial losses the publication became history.

The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving terrorist brother in the Boston Marathon bombing, had his boyish face plastered over a national magazine has caused great consternation.… Read More