In recent times I have lost faith in the media to report accurately, or fairly, or truthfully. The days of investigative journalism are dead and gone. Instead I observe cut and paste reporting. I know of 12 articles that were reproduced 1000 times. The only thing different in some of those reproductions were the headlines. Always striving to out sell the competitor, the editor adds another sensationalist word to the headline. Never mind that there is no evidence, no proof, no truth in the added word. The examples of lies, intentional omissions and twisted truth are too numerous to do justice to them in a short blog like this. It would take a book. Fortunately, a lawyer friend of mine is writing that book. Today I'm pinpointing the journalistic use of the phrase 'Mainly Women.'
We live in the age of ‘post-truth’ journalism. According to the Oxford dictionary, post-truth is described like this: an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’."
I joined a writing group at the beginning of the year. We banded together to support each other in becoming more active writers. We have a team of dynamic leaders who do internet research, come up with topics that we discuss together and swap editing and proof reading tasks. I was keeping pace until we hit the suggested topic of ‘women.’ Now being a woman, you wouldn’t think that this would necessarily be a daunting topic. Yet, I found it so.
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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