Or: If it leads, it bleeds.
Iowahawk performs a public service by bringing the depressing spectre of post journalistic stress syndrome into the open. In one brilliant stroke he reveals the inner turmoil behind the frenetic barking of presenters as diverse as Dan Rather and Keith Olberman; the tragedy of almost average minds gone to waste. It is time for us to recognize that the immortal words of Howard Beale, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” were a pathetic cry for help*.
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Bylines of Brutality
As Casualties Mount, Some Question The Emotional Stability of Media Vets
An Iowahawk Special Investigative Report
With Statistical Guidance from the New York Times
A Denver newspaper columnist is arrested for stalking a story subject. In Cincinnati, a television reporter is arrested on charges of child molestation. A North Carolina newspaper reporter is arrested for harassing a local woman. A drunken Chicago Sun-Times columnist and editorial board member is arrested for wife beating. A Baltimore newspaper editor is arrested for threatening neighbors with a shotgun. In Florida, one TV reporter is arrested for DUI, while another is charged with carrying a gun into a high school. A Philadelphia news anchorwoman goes on a violent drunken rampage, assaulting a police officer. In England, a newspaper columnist is arrested for killing her elderly aunt.
Unrelated incidents, or mounting evidence of that America’s newsrooms have become a breeding ground for murderous, drunk, gun-wielding child molesters? Answers are elusive, but the ever-increasing toll of violent crimes committed by journalists has led some experts to warn that without programs for intensive mental health care, the nation faces a potential bloodbath at the hands of psychopathic media vets.
I have to say I was heartened by the response to my investigative piece on the national crisis in journalist violence. As you know, whenever a public crisis is identified, the first steps in a solution are (a) a non-profit foundation, and (b) posters! Luckily I had some spare time today and it was too damn cold to go outside.
I’m now waiting for Iowahawk to report on homeless media vets.
*Rent Network. It’s a good movie.