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While viewing several national news websites, I struggled to find one encouraging article. The majority depicted violence, injustice or corruption.
The media focuses on gruesome violence and perpetrators' mental states. Would they be so keen to act if they knew their acts wouldn't be publicized?
Why is media coverage slanted toward the unsavory? What if, instead of violence, it reported on kindness? On service instead of selfishness? On people making a difference or overcoming challenges?
Those reports could inspire others to act similarly and help our children understand that there is good in the world, even when evil seems to surround us.
I urge the media to consider this concept the next time they are wondering where to focus their efforts.