(And note from me: until I read this column below by David Westin, I had not really thought about this. He raises really good points to think about.)
Viewpoint: TV News Shouldn’t Hype Powerball
Incessant coverage by the media feeds the lottery myth and preys on the poor, argues the former president of ABC News
By David Westin @David_WestinAug. 14, 2013
The media may not be telling us much these days about radical Islam in Nigeria or corruption in our local city or town, but there’s one story that no one can escape: the Powerball lottery drawing. Last week, the most recent Powerball awarded $448 million in winnings, the third highest in history (so far). And the networks were all over it.
We learned that a third of the pot will go to a group dubbed the Ocean’s 16, employees at a garage in New Jersey that normally services state vehicles but who took some time out to buy some lottery tickets. We learned that another third will go to Paul White, a project engineer from Minnesota, who will use some of his new wealth to buy his father’s first car, a 1963 Chevy Impala. And, we’re just a bit frustrated that we don’t yet know where the remaining millions are heading. But rest assured, once the winner or winners come forward, we’ll hear the story in great detail.
Everyone loves to hear about ordinary people who turn into millionaires overnight. It’s hardly any wonder, then, that lottery stories lead the national and local newscasts across the U.S., spawning countless human-interest stories about the people who won, the people close to the people who won, and even the people who sold the tickets to the people who won. You can’t blame the news outlets; they’re giving us just what we want.
But the media are only covering part of the story. What we don’t learn CLICK HERE