Posted by: eratigan | July 8, 2009

Maybe Dewey could classify this

Would this news brief qualify as hard or soft news?

It’s got characteristics of both, and I’m having a hard time classifying it. It’s got the tone of a gossip rag, but involves political figures. I think the article could have very well been published in OK or US Weekly (if the majority of their readers knew who Mugabe was).



  1. Unfortunately, politicians and officials sometimes (often?) act in ways which are unbecoming to their position.

    I am sure it is hard news when a supposed head of state is insulting officials and diplomats of another country, but just the general lack of class and dignity by Mugabe gives it an air of gossipy soft news.

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