NEWS: The news is that bad news makes better headlines

It’s official. The media does present a disproportionate amount of bad news: but the real bad news is it’s not likely to change.

It’s official. The media does present a disproportionate amount of bad

news: but the real bad news is it’s not likely to change.



Last Tuesday’s Evening Standard argued, in a double page feature, that

‘unrelieved coverage of death, crisis and disaster’ is misrepresenting

the true national picture.



The Standard feature comes three years after newscaster Martyn Lewis

called for ‘a more balanced news agenda’ and just a month after the

Conservative Party launched its good news newspaper Look!



Don Berry, Standard associate editor, said the paper’s optimistic

emphasis was not a ‘political plot’ linked to Look!. ‘We are not saying

that bad news is actually wrong we are just saying there is more to life

than that,’ he said.



However Quentin Bell, who is this week succeeded as PRCA chairman by

Manning, Selvage and Lee’s Jackie Elliot, said: ‘There are certain rules

of the media jungle and one rule that you will never change is that bad

news is good news.



‘I think John Major’s government has suffered from this trend. The

electorate has been brainwashed into thinking that everything will go

wrong. No wonder they feel insecure.’



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