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Ripley's Believe It or Not? Sorry, It's Just the News

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

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Once Upon a Time ...

... It seemed as though we could believe most of what we read in the newspaper or watched on the evening news, or maybe I was just naive in those days. Nowadays, with the tabloids in death throws and the most popular source of news being the Internet, and social media (Facebook in particular) it seems that investigative journalism is dead or unviable, and that a large percentage of the news we are fed is manipulated, regurgitated, or falsely reported.

It seems the media in general has become a powerful tool to shape and influence society, political outcomes, and to highlight certain agendas above others. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to separate the false news from the truth, and old news from new. This poem attempts to address these issues.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not? Sorry, It's Just the News.

Old news comes around again,

We're fooled that it is new.

But it's really on a carousel

And often isn't true.


They say that good news doesn't sell,

So bad news grabs front page.

Disaster, murder, terrorism,

Corruption are the rage.


The tabloids and the TV news

Are dying as I write.

My parents used to watch the news

At 6pm each night.


Now, social media and Facebook

Are the most popular source of news.

Sensationalism draws us in

But lies and falsehoods spew.

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A story maybe five years old,

Sometimes it's even more.

But we are fooled to think it's news

We've never seen before.


Investigative journalism

Appears a dying trade.

Sometimes the stories we are fed

Are fictionally made.


The Internet makes us aware

Of events across the Earth,

But to many lies and fake news

It has also given birth.


So, let's all keep an open mind,

Don't believe all that you read.

Always research to confirm

It's from a reputable feed.

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April, National Poetry Month

Well, this is a contribution from me to this National Poetry Month of April. I haven't been as prolific as some of my colleagues who have been writing a poem for every day of the month, but hopefully I will manage a couple more between now and the 30th.

© 2017 John Hansen

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