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Source: CNN

'Inspiring' news stories often brush aside the symptoms of a broken society


There's a certain brand of "feel good" story, "uplifting" local news item, that has become popular over the past few years. You've seen them. 

Strangers band together to buy a car for a guy who was walking three miles to work every day because he couldn't afford one. A little girl sells cookies and hot cocoa to pay off her classmates' lunch debts. A young kid sells lemonade to raise money for their sibling's medical bills. Note: I thought I made up that last one, but then I googled to see if it was a real thing. Lo and behold