‘Green journalism is the new yellow journalism’

Writing about the environment is the new in-thing among young journalists and wannabes. Caring for the planet, cutting carbon emissions, protecting trees, etc, may show that their heart is in the right place, but Jack Shafer argues that there is a hint of haranguing, pontificating, and sermonising in its practitioners that is slightly troubling.

“Often as sensationalistic as its yellow predecessor, green journalism tends to appeal to our emotions, exploit our fears, and pander to our vanity. It places a political agenda in front of the quest for journalistic truth and in its most demagogic forms tolerates no criticism, branding all who question it as enemies of the people.”

Read the full article: Yellow journalism now comes in a new colour

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