You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. (P.T. Barnum)
Or can you?
It seems to me that the media, both broadcast and Internet, got suckered big time over the Balloon Boy stunt this past week. Meanwhile the important issues of the day were buried in the noise.
And now that it’s been proven that it was all a hoax, what is the press saying about it… that they got suckered, that it’s the fault of those who perpetrated the sham, and that it’s not their fault.
Sold a lot of newspapers, didn’t they? Many of the Internet News (and I use the term loosely) sites and televised Journalism (?) programmes were full of reports that in the end meant nothing but that people willingly closed their eyes to the truth and got suckered.
What happened to responsible journalism?
It seems to me that much of what the todays press reports resembles what in the past was referred to as Yellow Journalism… Sensationalistic stories filled with prurient innuendo and little, if any, truth.
Are we so desperate as a society that outrageous stunts and scandalous behaviour are more important than the events that affect and shape our lives and the world around us?
Have we, as a society, been conditioned to truly be that gullible?
I fear the answer is yes.