Why the emphasis on the sordid in the newspaper?

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  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    March 25, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    What is "news"? Ordinary events are not "news" except to the people who are part of those "ordinary" events. Cub Scout Pack Meetings are an example. The boys look forward to them. The leaders prepare carefully. The parents hope that the boys will catch the vision of what scouting can do. But to you and me, unless "our boy" is part of that Pack Meeting, we're not going to take time to read about that Pack Meeting.

    If the headline tells you that the story is "sordid", you don't have to read the article. Just like on a TV, you have control over what you watch or listen to or read.

    The Deseret News is an excellent newspaper. It is family oriented. It is filled will articles that enlighten and inform; but, it is also a newspaper. As a newspaper, it reports "news", even "news" that we would rather not have to see. The world still has problems. Being aware that those problems exist protect us from blindly wandering into danger.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 25, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    If it bleeds, it leads. We have to be kept fearful.