They have made a hype for Rizzo, by Jorge Fauró

I’m from that generation that dragged your mother to the premiere of ‘Grease’. Up to nine times he had to swallow the love story of Danny and Sandy while I managed to memorize every shot, every song, every dance number, every phrase of the script. In one of the scenes that includes this myth of our childhood, Marty, one of the ‘Pink Ladies’, surprises Rizzo preening in the toilets of a drive-in movie theater. Embarrassed and nervous, the character of Stockard Channing -how we liked her role as first lady in ‘The West Wing of the White House’- she confesses to Marty that she has had a foul and you think you are pregnant. With more hope than conviction, Rizzo asks his friend not to reveal the secret, which, however, takes less time to become public than the two pink ladies spend leaving the bathrooms. The gossip of the presumed pregnancy flies from car to car until it reaches Kenickie, the presumed father of the supposed child: “They have made a hype about Rizzo.” The social networks, version 1959.

There is not a day that I look at that showcase of egos or the headlines of some internet publications in which the comment that runs vertiginously throughout the drive-in does not come to mind. Rizzo got a kick out of it. By the time at the end of the film it is revealed to the viewer that Rizzo’s fears were unfoundedThe rumor has already spread throughout Rydell, including swearing comments from the rest of the students and the puritanical beating of the entire high school. True or not, poor Rizzo is already flagged, and rumor has it that Stockard Channing’s character is “that kind of girl.”

Fortunately for journalism, heThe newspapers have abandoned the clumsy habit of publishing innocent December the 28th. That was redundant, because several times a year it is not extraordinary to screw up some information: a badly contrasted news, a source with little knowledge or little solvency, the haste of the unsuspecting editor for something so reviled that reality does not spoil you a good headline. A journalist has a bad afternoon as does a doctor or a lawyer in the turn of conclusions of a trial. In addition, if readers still believe in something, it is in the newspapers of a lifetime. With that said, believe me that there is no evil in error. Social networks have done nothing more than empower the traditional press, which mixes their news on the ‘timeline’ with the lies of idle Internet users, in the same way that in the past they lied in the bar, despite the fact that the newspaper was on top of the bar and the hoax was easily verifiable just by opening the newspaper.

On Twitter, which as in any dump -this one for news- there are also sometimes valuables (the traditional media), they have taken it these days with Nacho Duato for some unfortunate demonstrations that, no one knows how or why, have returned to the limelight despite the choreographer pronouncing them in April 2019. Duato released a monumental nonsense: «The right-wing politician is more cultured because almost all of them come from well-off families ». We will still see Arias Navarro become a ‘trending topic’ with that of “Spaniards, Franco is dead” because that day some did not see the first channel.

In the same week of the anachronism of Nacho Duato, the account of the Barcelona City Council recalled ‘the execution’ of the former president of the Generalitat Francesc Macià, whom the municipal ‘community manager’ confused with Lluís Companys. Poor Macià was taken away by appendicitis and not the bullets. The subconscious also gets a hype from time to time.

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Nor was the great Antonio Resines. Admitted to intensive care because of the covid, someone took to spreading that he already had three doses of the vaccine – which increased the sensational character of the news – and several serious newspapers bite without contrast. A bad afternoon in the newsroom, I imagine straightened out by a boiling editor-in-chief.

If we have learned anything from this pandemic, it is that after the covid and its health and economic consequences, it is still in danger false or untimely information. This article is nothing more than an unsuccessful plea in favor of quality information, which you will only find in traditional media. By the way, Stockard Channing, the actress who played Rizzo in ‘Grease’, got married four times. Whatever things are, he never had children.

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