Monday, August 17, 2015

The First Amendment Tango

 My local newspaper boasts that it's Dedicated to being the most valued information provider in South Florida.
  However, most  of the local news in the Sun-Sentinel involves Cop Stuff.
Coach fondled boy, 11, cops say
  Duck killer sentenced to jail

  Both of which were "play" stories on the front page my Sun-Sentinel today (7/25/2013)
  So it goes.
  Back in my day as a newsman, if some irate citizen might accuse me of writing stories to "sell newspapers," I'd respond with the Good Old First Amendment Tango.

  Which includes a Hallelujah Chorus on the glorious heritage of journalism - from  Ben Franklin's Pennsylvania Gazette to Ben Bradlee's Washington Post.
    Along with a righteous soliloquy on the Fourth Estate's hallowed role the America political system of Checks and balances, which includes the Executive Judicial and Legislative branches of government -- non of which would work without the First Amendment."  
     No  way would I fess up to the role of Dr. Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as the source of the Secret Sauce that makes journalism work.
     And also why the saga of a duck killer is also worth headlines on the front page of the local section section.

            Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
(Journalism's Secret Sauce)
     Just as McDonald's staunchly refuses to discuss its Secret Sauce in a Big Mac, no way -- back in the day -- would I have acknowledge the role Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs plays in the front pages of the New York Post below:


     However, irony is...
     Based on the dynamics at work in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, there is little - if any - difference between the New York Post front pages above and the images below.

      And so on....

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