Media Follies 2012: Got any suggestions?
For the 17th consecutive year, colleague Maria Tomchick and I are compiling our annual year-end list of Most Overhyped and Most Underreported Stories of the Year. We’ll start in this Saturday on KEXP and over the next couple of holiday weekends, and print the full lists here next week.
Got any favorites you’d like to make sure we include? Overhyped would be anything from British royal pregnancies to Romney’s expected closer-than-close race with Obama (in state-by-state polls, Obama was comfortably head in electoral votes throughout 2012, but you’d never have known that from The Pundits) to the latest effort to transform Seattle into a World Class City ™ through the magic of taxpayers funding yet another new professional sports palace.
Underreported? Well, in this country, anything, anything at all to do with rapidly accelerating climate change, or the latest atrocities in America’s Permanent Wars, collapsing public support for the War On Some Kinds of Drugs When They’re Used by Some Kinds of People, and so on. Locally, the back room deal that handed hundreds of primely situated acres of poor people’s housing at Yesler Terrace over to private commercial development (at deeply discounted prices) has to rank right up there. But there’s many more. What stood out to you?