Friday, November 23, 2007

This is not Funny! Why Should We Tolerate News Writing Like This?

A so-called spoof on writers who were supposed to be on strike but were probably out for Thanksgiving Day was written by a certain Andrew Lawrence, of Los Angeles, CA.

According to Lawrence’s news who was the supposed reporter and witness, these writers were supposed to be picketing outside Universal Studios and Warner Bros Studio, but they were not.
Titled, “A Writer's Strike With No Picketers?” Lawrence then says at the end of his supposed news, “How can writers, who aren't working, have a day off? Or do they start the strike day later, say 10AM and end early, say 2PM? Where were the strikers? What kind of a strike is this, with no picketers? C'mon, writers, show 'em you're serious. Get your asses out on the picket lines!”
Lawrence’s news was at best confused whether it should come out as an opinion piece or an event, as it mixed its elements.

After his piece is a disclaimer: “The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious. If you fancy trying your hand at comedy spoof news writing, click here to join!”

Hey, Lawrence! What kind of mind have you got? Is this your kind of journalism?

What are you talking about? You want to start a kind of news writing with a world of lies?

How would laughter that your stories might elicit, measure against a trend that would spontaneously grow out of your crooked style of news writing?

Is that how you imagine legitimate news would come about? Wild temporary entertainment against systematic plunder of truth?

Should business, for the love of money, dictate how news is supposed to be crafted?

Enough of fake news, Lawrence! May heaven forbid that we train the young to write like your crooked kind.

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