Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Indianapolis Star Has Another Featured Story Promoting Drinking
I don't profess to understand all that drives the news reporting at the Gannett-owned Indianapolis Star, but quite clearly a top priority of the newspaper is to promote to its readers the consumption of alcohol. Today, reporters Amy Haneline and Will Higgins share a story about a drinking tour they recently took of 10 Indianapolis bars offering "drinking nostalgia." Again, I have nothing against drinking alcohol in small, measured amounts, but I don't think the media should be encouraging us to drink alcohol anymore than I would expect it to promote us lighting up cigarettes or popping pills to calm our nerves or feel better. There's hardly a day that goes by that the newspaper is not promoting alcohol consumption in one form or another. Why? Does going out and tying one on every night lead to better health and stronger families? A lot of people struggle with alcoholism, and The Star isn't making life any easier for those folks.