I am discouraged by the media, particularly the national broadcast media. Journalism is an honorable profession for which I studied years ago. Over the years, at least in some sources, objectivity has been lost.
When I was in college, I learned I was to keep my opinions to myself except in editorials and opinion pieces, of course. News was supposed to cover both sides of the issue to let the reader form his own opinion. Journalists were the “watchdogs” of the nation. They were to dig down for the facts, the truth, as far as it could be determined.
When I watch the news, I’m bombarded by negative news so much that I often feel discouraged after viewing it. It seems like they want to draw in viewers with sensationalism or scare tactics. It’s almost laughable how dire the “breaking” news is at the top of the hour. An example is the worst storm hitting the country. I live in the Midwest where winters are frigid, and if people use common sense and dress properly, they aren’t in any more danger this season than they were in past seasons. I feel like I cannot even trust or believe the news anymore. They are becoming like the boy who cried wolf.
Watching the news, I’m learning how selfish, ignorant, or foolish certain people are. I see how people think the government is supposed to save us from a crisis, which is totally false. The government can’t save us from the crisis. People need to think for themselves and act better to make the world a better place. People can make their own decisions about immunizations and how much McDonald’s they want to eat. The government is supposed to protect us from real enemies. Educators are supposed to teach us about proper diet and financial balance. The government isn’t responsible for our decisions. We are responsible for our own decisions!
We are told the government needs to do this or that. Yet in the next headline we learn that the government still hasn’t accomplished such and such. If the government hasn’t accomplished something yet, why can’t the media just let it be for a while and update it later rather than reminding us daily? What purpose does it serve except to erode our confidence? If they didn’t finish it yesterday, why not give them a month and follow up instead of repeating the same news over and over? If a certain bill hasn’t been passed yet, well, tell us what was accomplished instead.
Another irritation is that the world news stories are nothing more than the teasers they gave at the top of the hour with a smidgen more detail. Honestly, it wasn’t worth waiting through all the commercials to hear that. I’m starting to feel that they think I’m stupid and that they don’t think I realize that they are wasting my time. Perhaps I am being foolish since I keep coming back hoping they’ll actually report more.
The day Billy Graham died, the world news program I tuned into went about 18 minutes without a commercial. My kids and I were astonished. My kids commented that maybe they actually had something to report. I believe they have something to report every day, much more than what we are getting, but the news has become a commodity to earn money. In the pursuit of fame and fortune, integrity can be lost. Their price has gotten too high—when you lose respect and honor, it isn’t worth all the money. The news isn’t for entertainment. It is to learn the facts, not opinions. Facts. This means there needs to be a little more in-depth reporting, not headline skimming.
We all have opinions and slants based on our worldviews. I don’t care what political party you represent as long as you are actually working to improve a situation and you truly respect individuals.
Have we become a society that has to be entertained in everything? Do we honestly need to have shocking teasers to lure us in to watch the news? Doesn’t anyone simply watch the news to learn what is going on in the world? I desire more in-depth information, so perhaps I prefer newspapers and magazines for my news sources.
Some say that people just don’t have the attention span anymore. Yikes! If a group’s attention span can be deteriorated over a generation, why can’t the reverse be done to improve it?
What is your news source, and do you find them reliable?
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him. Proverbs 18:17