Friday’s trending topics a sort of Rorschach test for journalists

Journalists! Stop going to psychiatrists.

  1. You probably can't afford it.
  2. You can self-diagnose simply by looking at Friday afternoon's trending topics on Twitter.

Are you hurriedly trying to capitalize on the news that Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro interrupted President Obama during a press conference? (Perhaps with a slideshow about other recent Daily Caller triumphs?) Have you gotten zero work done in the last hour while enjoying and maybe even composing jokes about the incident?

Then you're a journalist, and this is probably as close as you'll ever get to real happiness. (Of course, you could be a corporate mole.) As for the infinite emptiness in your soul that remains after you file your story, well, your best bet for that is a job counselor or a Chicago Tribune reporter willing to buy you some drinks.

Or are you gripped by news that Lindsay Lohan was found unconscious in a California hotel? You are probably a normal human being. Go about your life.

Related: Your heckling is my aggressive questioning (The Huffington Post)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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