Yellow Journalism

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network news
yellow journalism
court approved

The writing prompt for today is “yellow” I decided to write this senryu using the definition of yellow as follows:

dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, especially in sacrificing truth for sensationalism:

Beware of what you see and even more of what you are told.

I hope that you , my dear readers, will question the veracity of what you see and/or read in the news. Verify the source and try and get primary data to interpret for yourself and make up your own mind.

About fiercebuddhist

Welcome. I am happy that our paths have crossed. Here you will find various poems, articles and photography. I hope that you enjoy them and visit often. I am currently working on writing “A Haiku A Day” so that I can, perhaps, have enough good ones for publication. If you are wondering what a “Fierce Buddhist” the following declaration should clarify. The “Fierce” in FierceBuddhist I define as “an obligation to do what I can to benefit all sentient beings, not just those close to me or those I agree with. If I see something or someone that is hurting others I must step forward and do what I can to assist them.” In the Army and in the dojo I learned how to defend myself, family and country but that does not mean I endorse the use of force. Two nonviolent examples of Fierce Buddhists that come to mind are Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. While I do not claim be even close to them I can strive and so can you. Furthermore, my Buddhist name, given to me by Sensei Kubose, is Seiyo. His interpretation of my communication and interaction with him led him to this name. He told me Seiyo means “Fierce Sun.” The sun shines on everyone without prejudices without giving preferential treatment to anyone. This is tough to live up to, as you can imagine, but it sure sets the tone for my life. In Buddhism this is called a Fierce Bodhisattva. I am only on the path to Enlightenment and can only say to be a Fierce Buddhist.

5 responses »

  1. There are two levels of danger in what passes for popular “journalism”. The first or more obvious is that you are being told what to think. As you correctly say, we can note this, reflect and come to our own conclusion. The second level is more insidious and thus perhaps even more dangerous. We are being presented with a topic to think about which as a consequence prevents us using the time to use our mind more constructively.

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