Most of us would say we prioritize objectivity and accuracy when making choices about news consumption. In this clip, Brooke Gladstone argues that there's a less noble way we choose our journalism and she explains how it accounts for the spike in American news following 9/11 and Katrina.
She's on the show tonight, along with Hockey Night In Canada host Don Cherry.
Brooke Gladstone: The polls actually show that people think they want objectivity and accuracy - and yeah, they do. But when they really love the media, is when the media is expressing how they feel. There was a big spike in the American media right after 9/11, briefly, and right after Katrina, because at that point the newscasters were expressing our anguish, our pain, our confusion, our rage... that reporting in the early days after both of those things was pretty piss poor! It was terrible!