Sean Hannity and Yellow Journalism

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Sean Hannity will do whatever it takes to advance his specific point of view and agenda. On his radio show that aired on July 19th, he enlightened his audience as to the real nature of the President.


“Now the president’s saying Trayvon could’ve been me 35 years ago,” Hannity declared, “This is a particularly helpful comment. Is that the president admitting that I guess because what, he was part of the Choom Gang and he smoked pot and he did a little blow.  I’m not sure how to interpret because we know that Trayvon had been smoking pot that night.”


Hannity’s comments show one area where the problem with race relations in our country rests, in the news organizations, where responsibility is not a requirement and where ‘yellow journalism‘ is alive and well.


To Sean Hannity and others that model their success to unprofessional and irresponsible punditry, the message is, “forget about the facts, folks, it’s how you feel that is important.” Their job is to push the right buttons to tug at their listener’s heartstrings, and in history, they would have been the ones inciting the mobs to get out their pitchforks.


Yellow Journalism is defined as the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers, and this appears to be exactly the model being used by many news organizations today.


With many news organization’s, their modus operandi is to spread their bombastic, non-intellectual opinions to rile up only their targeted base to stand and defend them, leading to an ‘it’s us versus them’ culture, and to show such a lack of empathy, regarding the President’s speech and the Treyvon Martin case, on a subject that is keenly felt by so many Americans, is beyond the pale for any news organization, whether it is coming from a pundit, or a real news journalist.


Hannity knows exactly what he is doing, and when he gets the horrified reaction from the rational and sane, his base supporters rally to his defense, which helps his numbers rise. It’s a win, win, for him, and dollar signs for those that follow the example.


It’s not very civilized though. The conversations that we should be having in our country today are being drowned out by scared people living in a changing world that is leaving them behind.

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