January 26, 2009

A Call to Responsibility

Posted in In the news at 8:58 pm by R

The other night over dinner, my mother-in-law made an excellent point with respect to the call to responsibility that President Barack Obama made in his inauguration speech.

Here’s what she said:

I hope the media does it’s part in helping to turn the country around. Reporting the news is one thing, but excessive negativity in coverage is another.

A brilliant point I think.

There’s a palpable connection between the media and the level of confidence in our country. I’ve heard frightening reports from journalists that they are under strict directives to stick to the bad news, tell stories of failure, smear frightening unemployment numbers on the front page, capture pictures riddled with uncertainty and fear.

And what good does that do? ‘Cause it sure ain’t sellin’ papers! And it sure ain’t helping the economy.

All that being said, it wouldn’t be responsible simply to tell cheerful, happy stories either. But there’s a balance to be struck. Now-a-days it IS newsworthy to be successful in business. In a climate like this…uh, hell yeah!

You have to report the good along with the bad. I think that’s something our new president would want to see. He would want people to know that progress is being made, but there’s still room to improve, more progress to be made.

I think that’s the responsibility my mother-in-law was talking about, seeing positivity, even among all the negative. Because it is there. Good PR people just have to bring it to journalists attention šŸ™‚

~R

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