You start at the beginning and go through each page searching for something that has a ring of truth stamped through it from start to finish. By then you realise you have fallen into the ‘might,could or if’ trap that is so beloved of editors.
‘Hold the front page’ I hear them cry in my mind. ‘Heres’ something that is potentially sensational. The truth is a mere detail so let’s cover ourselves with a few mights, or could be’s and we can virtually create what we like’. Because it might happen like this or it could be the result of that or if this was applicable ….. you can enter anything that you damn well please!
Somewhere in between all those ‘mights, coulds or if’s’ there is a speck of a real story. But not enough is known to ensure that it will capture Joe Public’s attention so it requires a verbal paintbrush to paint a picture in the imagination.
Well I for one have had enough. I don’t want the news hidden amongst a plethora of fairy stories. I want to read facts and figures. I don’t want celebrities thrust at me from any angle the camera catches them in.
I want real people, real stories and real news. I like the puzzle page. I don’t expect the whole paper to be like a treasure hunt where I forage for the scraps hidden in the mire.
Give me the facts and I will make my own decisions on what or what might not be the outcome. When I get a nose ring fitted I’ll let you know. Then I’ll be ready for you to lead by the nose.
What price does integrity come these days? It’s appears to be a lot less than sensationalism but maybe it’s just me!