One of the common complaints leveled at the news media is their seeming obsession with bad news. People complain that the happy stories get squeezed out by accounts of war, natural disasters, crime and other miseries. The good-natured joking by the smiling, affable weather forecaster belies the fact that he is part of the Tornado Team, or some equally scary-sounding organization. Why don't the papers and TV get it?
The point is they do get it. More people will pay attention to bad news than good, so that's why most broadcasts and front pages make it sound like the world is coming apart at the seams.