I am unsure if I am just becoming more ornery and cynical in my old life or if I have found that American Journalism is in fact dead. Wilson Ramos as most of baseball people know is a bright young backstop in the Nats system, and by now we all know of his kidnapping in Venezuela. After that complex sentence our facts concerning this situation is null and void. America cable systems have multiple all sports, all news, and all entertainment outlets that have some how decided that a man’s life isn’t that important to follow this situation more closely. What is more disturbing is how this is an apparent problem in Venezuela and among athletes and their families, but again American media as somehow ignored this. Yesterday they could no longer ignore but they have still found no reason to find out more, and this is where its time to speak out about our lack of journalism.
Joe Paterno and the entire Sandusky Penn St situation is a horrific example of the wrong person being in the news. Is it news that Paterno is being forced out of course it is, but how many truly understand what is going on at Penn St? How many American’s don’t understand why Paterno is being forced out. Even more disgusting is how many think it was Joe Pa that was molesting the little boys, but this is what JOURNALISM has become. It’s no longer about facts its about selling a story and giving as many editorials as you can force in a 30 minute news magazine or sports magazine show. The success of blogging and talk radio has made it obsolete for someone to report the facts and now its about viewership numbers, and scandals. Joe Paterno is a scandal that revolves around a huge sports icon; Wilson Ramos is a 24 year old catcher for the Washington Nationals. Imagine Tom Brady or Alex Rodriguez being kidnapped from their home by 4 armed goons. ESPN, Fox News, and CNN would not be hesitating with reporting that fact.
In season 5 of The Wire this loss of journalism was approached and the one quote that registers today more than ever is when “Wrong Zip Code”. Wilson Ramos plays baseball, Wilson Ramos, was kidnapped in a foreign land, and Wilson Ramos is not a celebrity. Hopefully the only death to report tomorrow morning is the death of Journalism, and not the death of a promising young baseball player, whose kidnapping was not important enough to report on.
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