Some years back, I was a newspaper reporter which left me with a somewhat jaded view of the news media in general. What many people don't know is that reporters are often paid, as I was, by the inch. We were paid "$X" per inch, "$X" for each photo published, etc. The more inches we got into print, the more money we found in our paychecks. This was a real incentive to make "news" from vapor. If we got ahold of a good local issue, we could ride the wave for a week or two. Human interest stories were paid on a contract basis but the rates weren't great so I didn't spend too much time writing the "good news" because it took money out of my pocket. For the past year or so, we have had almost weekly stories about the local scandal - the police chief is having an affair with one of the female officers. Logic would dictate that two or maybe three articles would be sufficient to cover the real "news" but the articles have continued for almost a year. Money is being made by this scandal as the reporter feeds the frenzy. When you read your newspapers, think about that!