My mother felt so strongly about my seeking an honorable profession that she threatened to withhold college tuition if I pursued an acting career.
The role I landed as a journalist has plenty of drama — believe me — but not much honor anymore, apparently.
Not only do I hear Donald Trump’s diatribe du jour about the media, but I feel the slings and arrows of a daily barrage of negative comments on social media sites.
I’m beginning to think the taste of rotten tomatoes flung from an angry audience might have been sweeter.
No dollop of sherbet can melt away the bad taste that often lingers in my mouth, nor the sick feeling in my stomach.
On the eve of the final presidential debate,Trump told an enthusiastic audience: “These are very dishonest people. … Rigging the system, folks.”
PBS has asked, “Are the media fair to Donald Trump?” Professors will be studying that for years.
The real estate magnate devoured his Republican rivals when it came to airtime and newsprint during the primaries.
With international fame, he had entered the arena as a new player in politics.
Reporters love to put the “new” in news.
In the beginning, did any of them think he’d be the GOP candidate?
At the end, critics charge that correspondents are doing everything they can to prevent him from being president.
The Hill media reporter Joe Concha said Trump may have a point about bias in coverage.
A review of nightly newscasts on ABC, NBC and CBS showed that recent allegations of Trump’s sexual improprieties drew 23 minutes on ABC, NBC and CBS, compared to 57 seconds on the latest dump of leaked emails connected to Hillary Clinton.
A similar review of The New York Times showed 11 “negative” Trump stories and zero on the email release.
Some of the Clinton camp correspondence bashed Catholics, among other things, which could hurt with a large bloc of voters.
Mind you, I don’t cover national politics, but I feel the collateral damage of the public distrust of media.
I’m a veteran of the ever-shrinking newsroom that’s now competing with culture correspondents on Facebook.
They are quick to question motives, criticize our intelligence and pen scathing insults.
As we try to widen our nets to catch more fish in the sea of social media, we may not choose the best headline on a breaking story.
I’ll give you that.
As you work to please everyone while feverishly feeding fresh information to readers, sometimes it seems you can’t please anyone.
As newspaper colleagues jump ship from what CareerCast.com called the worst of the Worst Jobs of 2016, I press on to cover my community fairly.
I take this role seriously and responsibly, in spite of those who rail that I am less than a “decent human being.”
It is getting tougher to lure news consumers in a world flooded with information, a waning desire for substance and an increasing appetite for the salacious.
Pope Francis held a Sept. 22 audience with journalists, whom he urged not to become a “weapon of destruction” of people or even nations, according to EWTN.
The pontiff dedicated October to praying for journalists.
His prayer is that journalists “may always be motivated by respect for the truth and a strong sense of ethics.”
Can I get an amen?