Can We Sue Mainstream Media For Yellow Journalism?

Here’s the question. What’s the answer?

As defined by Wikipedia and Open Dictionary: Journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration. It is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism. The term yellow journalism is used today as a means of expressing contempt or disapproval to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.

It could possibly be included as libel: A published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation. Defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, calumny, misrepresentation, scandalmongering; aspersions, denigration, vilification, disparagement, derogation, insult, slander, malicious gossip; lie, slur, smear, untruth, false report;

informal mudslinging, bad-mouthing.

Nothing could be more deserving that to wreak havoc on the news media, that has made every effort to misrepresent, distort, malign, and all the other synonyms that originate from libel. If even there was guilt, the wordmongers are deep in it.

Now unlike the “user agreements” written for software programs, websites, digital products and the like, that are usually too small to wade through and so full of legalese as to be impossible to comprehend, we the public, signed no such agreement that limits us to mediation. We can go for the jugular!

Now, having said that, I don’t know if the select news outlets can be enjoined in a class action lawsuit for libel, or any number of other infringements on truth in news. But would it give us some great sense of relief to see them have to pay up for all the crap they have been trying to shove down our throats and infest our minds with? What a just desert to serve up to those who would have us believe they are purveyors of truth.

FOX News, while not perfect, has been one of those beacons in the dark morass of, as Sean Hannity and others say, a bunch of lazy journalists that are driven more and more like the typical liar, whose story gets longer and longer as they try to keep it believable. They use explosive, emotional words, with the intent to explode the typical molehill into a mountain. That it doesn’t work only drives them to greater efforts, with even weaker results.

Even the public that may have been fooled at the outset, are beginning to realize what they’re doing, attempting to legitimize their efforts by using partial truths that then are distorted to meet their ends. The only problem is they are just no longer believable. President Trumps approval rate continues to rise. As ta cuts and a new healthcare plan are rolled out, it wouldn’t upset many to see a few writers get some proverbial tar and feathers!

All the naysayers, doubters, hacks, traitors, who have done their best to obstruct, will have a feast on their own words. When they have run out of their own, there will be an army to continue feeding to the very last morsel. Perhaps better by far than a lawsuit, will be the relief, pleasure, and immense satisfaction of watching as those so ready to count our President down and out, must endure being replaced in the 2018 elections. It will be the first time since WWII, that we have seen a president actually keep his promises! If he misses a few that would still be about 100 percent more than any predecessor!

When was the last time you felt good right down to the tips of your toes about something? It seems that something is knocking on our door. Imagine the double pleasure of seeing the reality of promises kept by a president who is not a politician, and so called journalists, hacks and pundits gaging on their words. Just maybe that sight might be a bit much to assault the eye, only just maybe.

I’m going to go get a good seat for this show!

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Alan is retired and resides in Quito, Ecuador. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with four sons and 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill! Alan is a charter "Boomer", a Viet Nam veteran, committed to roasting his own coffee and writes about whatever pops into his mind. He loves to build and ride recumbent bikes, play racquetball, writes almost daily, travels Ecuador, and talks to anything that does not move fast enough! The twinkle in his eye is a combination of the sun, and an active sense of humor. His desire to encourage others to write is being answered through his articles on the Internet.