Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lazy Media Strikes Again

One of the Media Maven's pet peeves is "Lazy Media". While the Maven whines about this example as being lazy, today's media "professionals" will call it a time-efficient way of getting information to the huddled masses. Either way, it short-changes the media consumer and adds little credibility to the offending media outlet. Sorry, Journal Gazette, this one screams.

Any third-grader can tell that the story below is merely a stenographic regurgitation of a Fort Wayne Fire Department Media Release or fire incident form. There is no "reporting" here, just a listing of "facts" and "insider jargon" (an adult and three children) all referenced back to a "statement" from the fire department.

Apologies to any English majors who are offended by the 4th and 5th grade level paragraphs which appears to give life to the media release.