Every day, loyal contributors to the website Fark.com send in links to thousands of news articles that they deem "unnewsworthy." Drew Curtis, founder of the website, reads each article and posts some of them, classifying them as "amusing," "weird," "interesting" and more. Gayle talks with Drew about his website and his book entitled It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News.
Drew says "fark" is a made-up word that doesn't mean anything and that his website and book poke fun at the 24-hour news business that often runs stories that Drew says aren't really newsworthy. "When they had a half hour a day that was enough time to basically cover the big issues and you are done," he says. "But now you have news 24 hours a day or the Internet," he says. Drew says writing the book It's Not News, It's Fark was an extension of his website and that he had a lot of material to choose from.
Citing what he calls Americans' obsession with celebrities, missing white women and plane crashes, Drew says it is difficult for TV and newspaper outlets to make money reporting the "real news." "It's a push-pull between, 'We are journalists and we went to journalism school to do real stuff and change the world,' and now in the Internet day, 'We can see where the traffic is [really] going,'" he says.
While Drew says he isn't in the business of telling people where they should be getting their news, if people want a good laugh he says that is what his website and book are for. "The idea of the book was to be funny first and foremost," he says.