That Bites

There’s an old adage in the newspaper biz that says a story about a dog biting a man is not news yet a story about a man biting a dog is. Unfortunately, the fourth estate isn’t what it used to be and what passes for journalism these days leaves a lot to be desired. So it doesn’t surprise me that I signed onto the Internet and was greeted by the following headline about an experienced mountaineer: Climber dies after 1,000-foot fall on Mount Hood. Certainly one might argue that the death of such a skilled adventurer might be of interest but I say, following the man bites dog axiom, this is not news. However, should the opposite have held true I think we can all agree that Climber gets up and walks away unscathed after 1,000-foot fall on Mount Hood would have been utterly and completely newsworthy.


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