I’ve been following the Columbia Journalism Review’s blog recently and picked up some good articles from them. This week is a doozy about fear mongering on morning news shows called Could You Spontaneously Combust During Sex? Not sure, but you could be burned during a surgery! Well, your chances of being burned while in an operating theater are 1 in 2.25 million - about one eighth your chance of being struck by lightning. The article then goes on to list actual stories from morning news shows including “Danger at the Wheel: How Safe is Your Carpool?” and “Addiction to Psychics”. Now, I cannot watch network news without a strong desire to either turn the channel or gnaw off my own arm. With all of the potentially useful things people could learn from television, it’s pathetic that this is what the networks run.
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