I have to stick up for the MSM on this one....A letter writer to the WDT chastises the paper for "bullying" by running a story about a man pushing a wheelchair around NNY highways with a mannequin in it....a mannequin the man claimed he was married to. The fellow was causing no harm and obviously had issues by most standards....
I think it was an interesting story and reported on something that happened and some people likely wondered about. I think they should do more "water cooler" journalism. What people talk about drives interest in the product and by extension circulation.
Crassly put in the 70s the phrase, "if it bleeds , it leads" was coined in TV news. Then there are sweeps series about transgender teen prostitutes , and two headed cows. Don Henley said , "its interesting when people die."
Surely there is room in the hallowed halls of old media for some stories you say "wow" or "can you believe that guy ?"
The guy with the mannequin was perhaps a manifestation of mental illness or just quirkiness....I don't make fun of him....but it is interesting and nobody had to die for it to be so.
Watertown Daily Times Bullying by the Times