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 Author:    Posted: Sep. 8, 2002   This Page Viewed: 9,823,749  

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Question of the Week: 70 - 12/10/2001

What's News?

Are you a news junkie? Do you watch or read the news on a regular basis? Why or why not? What are your favorite news news programs and media sources? Do you think that the news is generally fair or is it biased? Are you getting the news that you want or do you think that the news is being spun, controlled or otherwise influenced by corporate interests or the government? What sort of news items would you like to see more of on Wren's Nest?

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I Recently Gave A Search For What Looks Lke A Promising Skin... Dec 8th. at 2:09:50 am UTC

David (OZ, North Carolina US) Age: 3


I recently gave a search for what looks lke a promising skin cancer treatment and a maybe not so sure about one for internal cancers. A search for casama black may not turn up the site. Do a search for Alpha omega labs. Of course use at you own risk.


For The Record, I Would Like To Point Out That I Don't... Dec 8th. at 10:43:47 pm UTC

Jenne/Morrigan-Aa (Woodbridge, New Jersey US) Age: 26 - Email


For the record, I would like to point out that I don't have cloven hooves or a pitchfork.

I happen to be a member of the dreaded media that's been so reviled by previous respondents. However, I am accustomed to being hated, both on the job for what I am, and off the job for being a Witch. In a way, that's what drew me to journalism; I've had rocks thrown at my head since I was a child for my religion, so a few through my window for my profession didn't seem as bad.

Not that I was always a journalist. I am a graduate student, and will undergo my doctoral defense next week. I taught college writing, wrote grants for an environmental organization, organized an office for a Holocaust Center - none of which paid the bills. I turned to journalism because I was a good writer who needed a flexible schedule, benefits and fullt-iem employment. That was three years ago, and it's been a love-hate relationship ever since.

I'm not a cynical human being; I do weave my spirituality into my work as a beat reporter for a daily newspaper, even though I don't profess my religion to people on my beat (it would be akin to expressing my political opinions, similarly verboten). I see everyone I meet as the face of the God/dess: the man who shot up a nightclub; conniving politicians and those who honestly want to make a difference; the "evil" developer who bulldozed a swathe of woods, yet also happens to be a Holocaust survivor with a great sense of humor; the paralyzed woman protesting for the legalization of cannabis; the elderly library volunteer. Heck, I extend that beyond the people I meet at work to the lady at the DMV, the maple tree in front of my house, the possum hiding out in the bushes. Everyone, everything, has a lesson to teach.

Compassion - and listening - are spiritual disciplines, no matter what your job, or lack thereof. Journalism takes thick skin, but it also takes a certain openness, a willingness to reach out to people that you otherwise wouldn't like or talk to, to reach out and truly *listen* to what they say, whether or not it gets in the paper. It's a tough profession, but one open to grace and beauty in a million forms, if you know where to look for it.

Sure, I could talk about the capitalist pressures, or the process by which news gets into print. I wish more people understood that, honestly, but my post is getting a bit long as it is. I guess I'd just like people - Pagan or otherwise - to understand that reporters, assignment editors, photographers, camera people, etc. are not demons from a Bosch depiction of the inferno. We're human beings who have a particular job to do. We kiss our loved ones, garden, change the oil in our cars. Some of us are even spiritual beings.


I Am Definitely Not A News Junkie. In Fact, I Put Myself... Dec 9th. at 8:32:41 pm UTC

Brigid (Denver, Colorado US) Age: 32


I am definitely not a news junkie. In fact, I put myself on "news fasts" often. I find that too much watching or following of the news causes me to feel unrest. I have difficulty sleeping, my eating habits change, and I am generally crankier. I watch enough of the news to find out the basics about events, and that's it. I find other pursuits to occupy my time.

I feel that the news is generally biased toward the political bent of the publisher. Everyone knows which paper is the "conservative" one, and which is the "liberal" one, in any particular town. I feel that the news can be reported in an objective manner, and sometimes it is; but when a story is particularly explosive, exploitative, or heinous, the report tends to be biased.

Of course, I feel following the news is important, in order to have a general awareness about the world. However, I do not think it is as important as the media would try to make be believe.


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