Thoughts

The Dangers of Generalizations 

“The Media is Corrupt.”

 “The Media is Rigged.”

These careless phrases repeatedly being thrown around lately sadden me. They are creating anger in the American people by perpetuating a generalization of how all people in the media operate. But here’s the problem: generalizations are dangerous.

My husband works in the media. Many of my closest friends work in the media. They work their asses off, and more often than not, put themselves in danger’s way to keep America informed and safe.

They sacrifice so much of their time to tell the stories that need to be told, and in some cases, they put their lives at risk. If a person doesn’t like what someone in the media is saying or the way they are telling a story, they have the option of finding someone they do like to get information from. I promise you, there’s someone out there for everyone. But don’t diminish the work these reporters, producers, and crews do 365 days a year by making generalizations. While my husband is in the path of a category 5 hurricane, or at the center of multiple manhunts with deadly killers on the loose, please tell me how bad the media is while so many watch safely from home, sitting next to the family they love.

Generalizations are dangerous. They lead to stereotypes, judgments and hostility. As a society, I hope we can do our part to minimize this. The divisiveness it creates is something our country doesn’t need to be clouded with. We are a team, and regardless of the outcome of this election, I’m hopeful that one day we can get back to being one nation.