At­ten­tion, please

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

In these days of so­cial me­dia and in­stant, breath­less re­port­ing by the 24/7 ca­ble shows—which have to fill air time even when there’s no news to re­port— it’s easy for the talk­ing heads to get car­ried away. By ab­so­lutely noth­ing. Such as they were yes­ter­day when the news came that GQ mag­a­zine named for­mer NFL quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick “Ci­ti­zen of the Year.” You might re­mem­ber that re­porters first started spelling his name cor­rectly when he be­gan kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them.

Yes, al­though there are good folks in the NFL who do good for their com­mu­ni­ties—J.J. Watt raised mil­lions for hur­ri­cane re­lief for Hous­ton—the ed­i­tors at the mag went in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

Our considered edi­to­rial opin­ion: So what? It’s been years since we’ve thought of GQ mag­a­zine. This was a pub­lic­ity stunt to get the mag­a­zine back in the news, where it hasn’t been for years. Why not ig­nore the noise?

As a news vet­eran named David Brink­ley once said, “The one func­tion that TV news per­forms very well is that when there is no news, we give it to you with the same em­pha­sis as if it were.” That goes dou­ble in the age of ca­ble.

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