Sure Could UsE a Little GooD NewS TodaY

Good News is No News- LA Times

“THERE ARE stories you won’t see, hear or read today. The
employment rate is 95.1%. About 29,564 domestic flights took off
and landed without incident. Four million Iraqi children
got safely to school.
Meanwhile, their parents shopped,
drove to work or otherwise went about their daily routines, mostly
— overwhelmingly — without getting assassinated.”

“The foregoing has major implications for how we get our news,
what we conclude from it and our perceptions of life itself. In its
most elementary sense, after all, newsworthiness is built on a
foundation of anomaly — the classic “man bites dog” paradigm. (A
second newsroom aphorism: “Nobody writes about the
planes that land.”)

“Despite any conscious awareness… we internalize what we see,
hear and read. TV imagery, in particular, is bound to have a strong
visceral effect. If what we are shown is a tireless parade of the
dour, dismal and deadly, we can’t help but be affected by it. We
conclude that the world is a pretty ugly place.”

“The overselling of discrete facts — today’s breathless endeavor
to build major “trend stories” out of random events, statistics and
quotes — serves up a circumstantial stew made of a spicy
anecdote or two, and maybe a minor research study, liberally
seasoned with the assertions of a compliant expert (who probably
has a vested interest in the form of a book he’s hawking). It’s
intellectually dishonest.”

Good News eh?
O.K. How bout this for starters?..Heh.

The Associated Press
20 February 2006

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – “It’s every chocolate lover’s wish that their favorite indulgence could somehow be healthy for them. Now, chocolate makers claim they have granted that wish.

Mars Inc., maker of Milky Way, Snickers and M&M’s candies, next month plans to launch nationwide a new line of products made with a dark chocolate the company claims has health benefits.

Called CocoaVia, the products are made with a kind of dark chocolate high in flavanols, an antioxidant found in cocoa beans that is thought to have a blood-thinning effect similar to aspirin and may even lower blood pressure. The snacks also are enriched with vitamins and injected with cholesterol-lowering plant sterols from soy.”

Healthy chocolate..go figure.
Sure beats hearin bout bird flu and botulism don’t it?

5 Responses to “Sure Could UsE a Little GooD NewS TodaY”

  1. Lady Jane says:

    I almost posted this same article!

    Great mind think a like! lol

  2. WomanHonorThyself says:

    yes they do girlfriend!..heh.

  3. Iran Watch says:

    Do you ever watch Lou Dobbs on CNN? If you watch his show by the time it’s over you would think the world is about to end. He is by far the most pessimistic left-wing newsman to ever hit the airwaves.

  4. Timmah420 says:

    I’d hardly call Lou Dobbs “left wing”.

    There isn’t much good news coming out of Iraq today no matter how you slice it. The killing has reached a point where no one in Baghdad can keep track of it all. People aren’t walking the streets right now after the mosque bombings and the retaliation killings.

    Civil war seems near, I don’t see how that isn’t worth reporting on.

  5. Karl m says:

    you can choose to sit and wait and listen for good news….or you can GO and BE the good news…WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE TO DO TODAY!!!!