One of the most common comments on WQAD’s Facebook page is, roughly, “This isn’t news. It’s not worth reporting. It must be a slow news day.”
First, it got the person who made the comment to comment, so it’s worth posting.
Second, whatever the story is, someone is likely interested in it. Thus, it’s worth reporting.
And, third, it’s on a Facebook page, for goodness sake! Facebook is not WQAD’s main news outlet. Stories are not created for WQAD’s Facebook page. The page is used predominantly to interact with viewers by posting links to news articles, be they on wqad.com or another news source, such as ABC News. It takes just seconds to post a link to a news article and ask for comments. It’s not like WQAD is ignoring other newsworthy items to post a link and ask for comments on a specific story that some might not find newsworthy. It’s a stupid, unnecessary, overly critical criticism.
Every time I see a comment saying, “It must me a slow news day if this is your news” I just want to reply, “Yep. It’s a slow news day. We’re not covering anything else whatsoever except this link to this ABC News story about a boy with pink toenails!”