By Masey Zegarowski
The goal of every newspaper is to grow and to sell the most copies of their issues, in order to make the most money. Magazines, newspapers, and other forms of media do not care what they publish, as long as it is a hit among its consumers. An example of this can be seen in the recent uproar of Angelina and Brad Pitt articles concerning their divorce. When the divorce happened, everyone turned to see what Jennifer Aniston had to say. Why? Because Jennifer used to date Brad Pitt before he left her for Angelina. This sort of intense, alluring love triangle among Jennifer, Brad and Angelina will always grasp the attention of consumers. They’re three great looking people with astounding acting careers. Who wouldn’t read that article?
If there is an article written about Aniston, we as consumers are undeniably inclined to read it. An online site called thegoodlordabove.com said that when Aniston was asked to comment on the divorce on The Today Show, she said “while you idiots are talking about this Brangelina bullsh*t, you’re ignoring what just happened yesterday with Terence Crutcher. An unarmed black father of four was driving home from college when his car broke down. The police showed up and shot him while both of his hands were in the air. This was all caught on video, which you can easily watch on the Internet. But instead, no, none of you will do that. You will instead focus on the fact that a celebrity couple is going through a divorce. F*ck you”(snopes.com). While we would all love to believe this truly powerful statement she has made, it is not true. Aniston was not on The Today Show on September 20th 2016, nor did she make these comments concerning her issues with society.
This story got a lot of attention at the time, getting over 200,000 shares on Facebook (facebook.com). The Good Lord Above is a website that posts satirical news articles. While we do have the right to freedom of speech in the first amendment, there is always the argument of is this website ethical? They post false, sometimes heroic news stories, because everyone loves a hero celebrity who speaks out for what he/she believes in. When in reality, Jennifer did not say this, and this website only posted the article because of the popularity that it would receive. The people who shared the article on Facebook were completely unaware of its inaccurate content. There were many people on my timeline even writing about how brave and amazing she is!
We as a society need to be more careful of what we are reading. We just gather and consume information while completely disregarding the accuracy. We are tricked in the world of media, only making these unethical, corrupt, online websites more popular. Additionally, it is extremely sad that articles feel that the only way they will become popular, or make it in the world of media is by spreading false news stories and by tricking their consumers. While many do know that The Good Lord Above posts false, sometimes funny articles, you cannot ignore the fact that their content is mistaken for true a lot of the time. The website also makes a joke out of very serious, controversial topics. The police shootings of unarmed black men have proven to be a serious topic, and have affected the lives of so many. It is disrespectful, and corrupt for them to make a joke out of it. The popularity of the website can be credited to the fact that many do not know of its inaccurate content. The ethics of media and consumer intelligence need to be taken more into question.