To write news in its perfection requires such a combination of qualities, that a man completely fitted for the task is not always to be found.
--Samuel Johnson, The Idler
The Gannett company is a big name in American journalism. It owns a string of newspapers across the United States. In keeping with centuries of journalism tradition, it heavily covers crime news. But that's not to say the folks over at Gannett aren't wringing their hands about it.
Gannett's website includes an article entitled, "Is Crime Coverage Out of Balance?" It suggests a touchy-feely approach in newspaper crime coverage that would be more slanted toward the questions a social worker might ask about the crime and approach violence as a "public health problem."
This is, of course, ridiculous. Crime news is a raison d'etre. People like to read about it. Why not embrace your Muse?
In fact a lot of journalists are getting a kick out of the piece. The Jackson (Mississippi) Free Press posted this editorial, with some snickers perhaps; the comments point to an interesting rivalry between the Free Press and the Jackson (Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger, the "other" newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi, where reporter Jerry Mitchell is becoming, well, famous for his true crime reporting.
Which is -- here's the circle closing -- owned by Gannett.
Th' newspaper does ivrything f'r us. It runs th' polis foorce an' th' banks, commands th' milishy, controls th' ligislachure, baptizes th' young, marries th' foolish, comforts th' afflicted, afflicts th' comfortable, buries th' dead an' roasts thim aftherward.
--Finley Peter Dunne as “Mr. Dooley”