Why do journalists turn a positive story into a negative? Why?

Why do journalists turn a positive story into a negative? Why?

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This is an amazing story that brought many people to tears. In 1967, USAF Capt. Roy Knight left his wife and 5 year old son behind at Dallas’ Love Field and departed for Vietnam. He was shot down and went missing. His remains were recently found in Laos and positively identified.

His remains were flown back to Love Field on board a Southwest Airlines flight. The captain of the Southwest Airlines flight was that 5 year old in 1967, now Cap. Bryan Knight, flying his Dad home – at long last. A beautiful story.

But rather than just cover the story, the reporter goes off on a barely related tangent with this negativity at the end of the story:

Source: 52 Years Later, A Vietnam MIA/KIA Returns Home : NPR

What?

Numerous media reports do this – reporting on the issue at hand, but then are apparently compelled to insert a propaganda oriented message as a counterpoint to the original story. Why the negativity added to an otherwise great story?

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