Why is all the news so negative?
Maybe it’s because journalists are naturally drawn to aberrations — outliers from the norm — and those tend to be more bad than good. After all, a flight landing safely isn’t a story, but one crashing into the ocean sure is.
Maybe it’s because reporters see themselves as watchdogs, tasked with identifying malfeasance, corruption, discrimination, and other social problems that need fixing. A government program working well isn’t as exciting as a mayor taking money under the table.
Heck, maybe it’s because the world is just inherently a dark and depressing place — a theory the past decade or so seems ready to endorse.
Or maybe it’s because it sells.
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