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TNT: Front-page downer on New Year’s Day

Letter by M.A. Walters, Gig Harbor on Jan. 3, 2012 at 1:05 pm with 2 Comments »
January 3, 2012 1:05 pm

Millions of people worldwide exclaimed the hopeful phrase, “Happy New Year”! There was an opportunity for The News Tribune to adopt and share a positive statement for 2012 in its bold headline on the front page of the first paper of the new year.

Instead, in large print, readers were greeted by “Bipolar GI liked manic feeling of his disorder” – a very sad article about an Army medic who killed himself and his wife and possibly their 5-year-old son. Gruesome details included.

Perhaps your “news” writers are so entrenched in sad, pathetic news that they are numbed by the horror of what they write about. Perhaps the editors are equally as desensitized, following the old “hooks” that draw readers to their papers: sex, death, morbid details, scandal.

Frankly, I believe many of us are weary of these sensational articles and, further, are insulted by your choice to prioritize this despairing article about a tragic incident that took place last April. We readers would have much preferred that the article titled “2012 brings hope, smiles and dance” (in a smaller and less bold font) were given top billing.

There are many amazing and wonderful things that take place in this world, on a daily basis. Why not focus on the positive, hopeful and enlightening events and people – especially when ringing in the new year on the front page?

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    Mr. Walters,
    The shooting was a big story and the Trib needed to cover this. But on the other hand they are not excited about the future in 2012. They will endorse obama and inslee and worry the voters will prove them wrong and not people will cancel their subscriptions because they carry the water for the most liberal of democrats/socialist.

  2. agent8698 says:

    A guiding principle of the newspaper industry: “If it bleeds, it leads”. Why? Because it sells more papers.

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