Mar 04 2017
Get Over It, Mediafolk!
It’s time to get back to
feeling good about what
puts food on your table!
Dear Mr. and Ms. Mainstream Persons,
In case you haven’t noticed, the rest of the nation is moving on.
To be a more integral part of that progress, might this be a good time for you to start looking for ways to make better use of your time and energy?
It’s obviously hard for you to find a leg to stand on as you continue contributing your talents to your bosses’ lost cause of politicized blaming, manufactured “news,” and borderline slander . . . at the cost of your personal reputation and trust in your judgement.
Most Americans seem to know –frankly– that you are better than that. But you lose favor every day as you continue to test public mettle and sink your teeth into risking your integrity in the process — for nothing!
CONSIDER these three suppositions:
1. Somehow, or other, you were born and raised to emulate and hopefully become a modern day version of what history has traditionally honored as the “Town Crier.”
2. Perhaps you stumbled into what you do, but odds are that you were educated and trained to report the news to others who lack that drive, inquisitiveness and skill set.
3. Somewhere along the road to making a name for yourself, you elected to opinionate instead of report. You made an active decision to be subjective instead of objective.
ODDS ARE you are actively appeasing the misguided media moguls whose money supports you and your family. And your career in that arena has rarely if ever felt truly fulfilling.
I have many years behind me as a news writer, radio host and producer, and magazine editor-in-chief. I mention this only to lend credence. I imagine I’m not too far off in making the assumption that you are selling your soul and boxing yourself into a career corner that (really) makes no sense, and offers no forgiveness.
BREAKING NEWS . . .
How to fix it!
First and foremost, recognize and accept that your behavior is (and your career pursuits are) always –first and foremost– your CHOICE! Can you just as easily choose to report fact-backed-and-checked stories as you may choose to fill the gaps with fiction, slander, skewing, bitching and sabotage?
If you actually prefer the latter set of words, maybe you should think about abandoning your beat and, instead, write a novel? I’ve done that too; it’s a much better platform for exaggeration and self-expression.
BOTTOM LINE: The time is NOW to stop berating those who have been thrust into power by the people.
It’s time to recognize and accept reality.
The incessant clouding of news issues (the bias dictated by those who pay your salary to further their own unhealthy practice of dwelling on the past and worrying about the future) is pulling you away from a present-moment focus and into a fantasy abyss of unprofessionalism.
You have in your hands the glue this nation needs to heal and hold itself together and be strengthened at every level. It’s name is “responsible reporting.”
When you deliver stories without substance, you distance yourself and your thinking from all measure of good taste and reality of life. You set yourself up to undermine yourself and your family’s credibility . . . and turn the enjoyment of pursuit for living a rewarding life and lifestyle, into a struggle.
Are you are risking your very existence and lifestyle to step outside the perimeters of good judgement that your life, until now, has been about?
Take Heart! You still have a chance to turn things around — to distance yourself from the world of irrationality, bad taste, poor judgement and make-believe career pursuits in favor of reality and just plain common sense.
Close your eyes for a minute, take a deep breath and see yourself as the happy, honorable and pleasant person you were born to be.
Surely you can do better. Will you CHOOSE to take that do-better step on your own behalf?
I, for one, am rooting for you to move onward and upward. Contact me if I can help. Have a great day!
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