Let’s face it: we are nation that loves scandal. With TMZ growing by the second and “trash magazines” such as the National Enquirer seeing no downfall from the supposed death of the print publication, it’s eminent that we love to gasp at the woes of society.
The only problem with this is it hasn’t evolved. Controversy’s attention should result because it’s a good story ,but also because it involves something regarding our current events. For instance, with the economy still not completely repaired it is financial situations such as events involving giving money to the wrong people that should get the most bangs for the buck when it comes to shock. A great example is a report made not to recently declaring 1,300 prison inmates cashing in on certain housing credit, taking over $9 million from the Government illegally. If that wasn’t bad enough, according to a report made by Treasury Department Inspector General J. Russell George, 14,100 tax filers wrongly received at least $26.7 million in tax credits meant to boost the nation’s slumping housing markets. While there was shock and awe, not only was there reduced coverage but also no aftermath reporting.
While scandals and controversy of a much sexier agenda such as the John Edwards situation, which is seeing a revival with Mrs. Edward’s upcoming Larry King interview tonight, ones that aren’t as sexy but cost us even more in aspects such as monetary means seem to fall by the wayside with no response. Despite the fact that we need all the dimes we can get as a nation in order to see daylight, nobody is questioning the aftermath of this horrid situation.
Is it the media taking care of their liberal majority again? That can be seen possibly as a part of it but even more, I believe it is the lack of call from the public to hear the whole story from beginning to end. One thing that you learn as a reporter is even with the last paragraph, the story doesn’t end in real life. While may reports say the Internal Revenue Service is taking steps to get the money back and stated that more than 2.6 million taxpayers claimed the tax credit through April, why isn’t there aftermath reporting on how that is going or at the very least some puff pieces on the people who should be getting the money?
If we want to start cutting costs as a nation, we need to begin getting involved in the not so appealing but quite a bit more important aspects. More and more we are seeing citizen reporting growing and at times the stories are worthwhile and very close to award winning, but the reality should be to go after the stories the professionals don’t and ask them why they, as reporters, haven’t fully done their jobs for our nation.