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“To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and those who edit and read it are old women over their tea.”

Henry David Thoreau


What goes best with a hot cup of tea? A heaping spoonful of gossip, of course.

Gossip is one stage nastier than chatter, one stage seedier than investigation. It’s poised between rumor and the real, between the stab in the back and the handshake, between tastelessness and the libel lawyer’s office.  Dan Rather once remarked that “the news is discovering something someone does not want known.” In recent years, the mainstream media seems to have evolved into various network-based, old woman, tea party gatherings with focus more on gossip than reporting just the facts.

For example, gossip known as leaks which takes over a large stretch of journalism.  I recall Bernie Sanders once commenting that “the media has become gossip, clickbait and punditry.”  I’m not a fan of Bernie but will admit he did have a point.  On any given day, the news media hops into the broadcasting driver’s seat to make us aware of political leaks, a serious form of gossip which seems to be taking over much of journalism.  Respectable journalism has been infected by much of this straight-up, no-apologies public gossip.  Read much from either the New York Times or Washington Post lately?  Seems both have succumbed to reporting items that are a tad more than gossipy in their intent.  Everywhere one looks in show business, politics, even business, gossip creeps more and more into the foreground. Once the freak show in journalism, gossip has now become center ring. 

I’m a realist.  Gossip plays a significant role in the reporting of news.  More with newspapers who have taken a back seat to television and radio, the preferred choice of many when a breaking story takes place.  But…gossip?  Well, both websites and tabloid journalists are terrific sources for sharing all the significant and juicy details surrounding some news tidbit.

Pass the tea, please.


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  1. Donetta says:

    That’s a great quote. It does seem that most news is based on gossip rather than facts. It’s hard to know which one to believe.

    • Patty says:

      I totally agree. At times, most of the time in fact, media reporting makes matters worse. Reminds me of something once said to me about finding out the truth in a difficult situation…it usually lies somewhere in the middle.

      Thanks for stopping by, stay safe!

  2. John Holton says:

    I don’t bother with TV news anymore. I’d rather be uninformed than misinformed. You’re right, it’s no longer news, it’s innuendo, rumor, character assassination, and gossip. It’s like a bunch of middle-school girls. I’m sorry, that’s an insult to middle-school girls…

    • Patty says:

      You are so right, John. It seems that we all need to research every news release, wade through the layers of network-based opinions, and try to find out exactly what took place.

      We have a local news outlet who is experiencing a news lull. They continue to carry \”severe thunderstorm warnings, flooding, etc.\” on their online front page. Issue is, that report was from last week! I cringe when I see the reader comments and observe people pushing the panic button, focusing on the sensationalism, not the facts.

  3. Kim says:

    So true. Not only that, but there doesn’t really seem to be a fully neutral news outlet anymore…they all seem to be either left or right leaning when it comes to politics, at least. And then, there’s the pervasive gossip in every aspect of it. The legit news outlets need to just forget about conjecture altogether.

    • Patty says:

      I agree, Kim. Maintaining neutrality doesn\’t appeal to the general public. It\’s all about whatever drama can be mixed into, what should be, fair and unbiased reporting.

  4. Abby says:

    I agree with Bernie’s comment. Unbiased news seems nonexistent these days. Dry facts and figures don’t get the clicks.

    • Patty says:

      The mainstream media broadcasts seem to resemble daily soap operas. Nothing more than network melodrama.

  5. Kat says:

    What happened to fact checking before worrying the world about whatever new headline you are plastering to the internet? I agree, “leaks” and sensationalism can be so frustrating.

    • Patty says:

      Agree, agree, agree.

      Has responsible journalism become, simply, an oxymoron? Maybe not but what we often witness are the news media exceptions and the decisions made by people who become notorious examples of journalistic practice.

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