Right now I won’t belabor the point that dead Black guys on the Eastside don’t get top billing when it comes to mass media headlines. For reason we all pretend to ignore. Even worse, most media scholars (like myself) tend to agree that TV news and most other mainstream media news outlets tend to focus on the trivial. It’s a chicken and the egg debate given that the public allegedly require so many fluff stories and sensationalism to hold their interest. In the end, most newsies stay in the black and on the payroll by serving up a steady diet of junk food for the brain.
The latest example of lazy mainstream media decisions is that Westboro Baptist Church is in the midst of a Kansas City tour that should go mostly ignored if editorial decision makers cared more about the affairs of this town than attracting a crowd to their ongoing rhetorical car wrecks.
I know, I know. In the process of exposing the media hypocrisy I’m force to “name the puppy” also when it comes to the Phelps Clan.But get over that bit of cognitive dissonance and follow along for the much more important conclusion.
I am a bit encouraged because