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Create news or report news?

Following last week’s crazy fuel shortages, it makes you wonder what the role of news media is!

It’s not unusual to drive down a UK motorway and see signs saying a service station has run out of fuel, but no hysteria. Yet, news media reporting a few petrol stations running out of fuel caused a mass panic! Everyone wanted fuel, and inevitably chaos was created!

So, my question is, was it in the public interest- a phrase we hear often from the media?

It must be difficult filling 24 hour news channels - it’s hard enough for me writing a short diary every week! But should they create news or report it? If this was an isolated incident, it would be easier to accept, but I’m not sure it is. It did however give them plenty to talk about for the next week, and single-handedly pushed the price of fuel even higher! 

“The whole idea of television news or any kind of news is to inform people about things they need to know about.” Ted Turner