SPF: Media Misinformation


“Go straight,” ordered Prescott.

“But the ships make for a great background!”

“We’ve come to an inchoate country, we can’t show the world some high-tech new dock!” Prescott sneered.


“Listen, Jasper, you’re new at this. The world ain’t interested in all the nice stuff that goes on. They like their little stereotypes…stop!”

They exited their van and were met with dilapidated structures and barefoot children.

Prescott nodded satisfactorily.

Camera recording, he spoke loudly. “Nothing much has changed in this city notorious for terrorism,” he began.

“As nothing much has changed with you manipulative foreign reporters!” snapped a voice nearby.

A woman with a logo of a local NGO on her shirt walked up, folding her arms.

“You missed a couple of Dunkin’ Donuts and malls back there, but hey, what could be better than a slum area for your fair and balanced channel.” Her voice dripped with sarcasm.

Fearing a confrontation, an apologetic Jasper dragged Prescott away.

But a furious Prescott found another run-down neighbourhood and got his story.

Upon flying back home Jasper quit and started his own online news channel, vowing to stay clear of the deception embedded in the international media around the world.

For Sunday Photo Fiction

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11 Responses to SPF: Media Misinformation

  1. magarisa says:

    Good for Jasper! This is an excellent story illustrating the manipulative nature of media.

    • swritings says:

      I always hold out hope that one day a journalist will feel really guilty and blow the whistle on all the biased news reports! Thanks for reading! ☺

  2. Danny James says:

    “inchoate”…love anyone that can use that word. I smell Fox News all over this.


  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Great story S. Glad he didn’t put up the deception his partner was doing.

  4. A lot of deception in the news about how things are. This shows it perfectly. Good story.

  5. Hopefully, things are slowly changing. People travel more these days and the word gets around. People travel from the west back to visit family and take pictures. Of course, there is still improvement needed. A few malls, fast food restaurants, and fancy hotels and office buildings do not progress make. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

    • swritings says:

      One can but hope. You’re right, it’s only when you visit a country first-hand, that you get to know the truth that surrounds. True, malls, hotels etc may not mean absolute progress (though they’re a start) but the news media still needs to show the complete picture, rather than manipulatively & deliberately selecting areas that focus on the total opposite. Half-truths are even more dangerous than lies at times. Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

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