A lot can be said about advancements in information technology over the last two decades. The internet, mobile devices, and social media have allowed us to stay ever-connected to what’s happening in the world around us. There’s a problem with it all, though, as news stories which should remain in focus get pushed aside by the next breaking scandal, catastrophe, or political faux pas.
It isn’t just the suddenness of news now available to us. There seems to be more news now than there was before. That’s a very subjective statement, but I’d argue that it’s clear the news cycle has accelerated dramatically in recent years with it reaching unprecedented speeds in recent months. Are more things happening? Have journalists, bloggers, and social media hounds increased in reach and numbers to the point that very little gets passed us today? I don’t know the answers to these questions. All I know is there are more big, breaking news today than in times past.
The unfortunate side-effect of all this is the rise in unresolved news. As the media moves off one story and onto another, the pressure that a free press applies is relieved. We saw this during the 2016 presidential campaign as two candidates with more scandals between them than several previous candidates combined were able to watch damaging reports come and go. We actually witnessed several occasions where truly damaging news, particularly about Donald Trump, was pushed aside by something he said, did, or leaked. I noted in a previous article (which I unfortunately couldn’t locate at this moment) that every time pressure was being applied about releasing his tax returns, some other less important but more interesting news about him would pop up. The John Barron story, leaks of his wife’s nude photos, and allegations against Ted Cruz’s father’s connection to the JFK assassination were all perfectly timed to diffuse and divert attention away from his taxes.
It isn’t just the President or his former adversaries, though. It’s all big news. Very few big stories are finding resolutions because the press stops asking questions. There’s absolutely no reason why Stephen Paddock’s motives for the mass shooting in Las Vegas should still be completely unknown. If the media still pressed the issue, we’d very likely have some sort of answers by now. Unfortunately, it’s now off most people’s radar. The same can be said about the Texas border agent who was murdered two weeks ago. Agent Rogelio Martinez may have had his skull bashed in repeatedly by assailants with stones. Others are reporting it may have been a tractor trailer that sideswiped him. Two weeks after the event, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have answers.
The advantage of having a free press is their ability to push for answers on behalf of the people. If they stop asking questions because they move on prematurely to the next big story, where does that leave us? Yes, some if not most of the blame falls onto the general public. Our short attention spans combined with these technological advancements mean we’re not demanding answers from the press who in turn used to demand answers from the subjects of their stories.
One of my goals in building this site was to present the news in ways people would want. The “NOQ” in NOQ Report stands for News, Opinions, and Quotes. We’ve added videos to the mix, which gives us a full-spectrum to deliver the news people want and need to have at their fingertips. In this regard, we’ve done well in a short period of time, even getting into Google News and other news aggregators well ahead of schedule.
Starting today, we’ll be going further with our charter. Like most news outlets, we’ll be talking about what’s happening right now. Unlike most, we’ll also keep asking questions on stories that others have already dismissed. Americans need to find resolutions. We can’t continue to be left in the dark on one topic just because other topics are fresher and buzzing. As we continue to try to innovate the way people receive their news, it’s important that we’re contributing to the process of delivering the right news.