Monday, August 11, 2008

no news would be good news

The media. Can you sort through it? What kind of filter does it take to find out the truth about current events? Seriously!

I don't care about Bradgelinla's babies. I don't need hype and drama. Give it to me straight. I don't care about personal interest stories. I don't need a Hollywood minute. I don't want to walk away from a news program (or article) knowing for whom the reporter and editor and producer will be voting. I don't want spin. I don't want bells and whistles. And for the love of all things Holy, please, make sure the anchor woman is dressed professionally. There is no place for decolletage in reporting. It doesn't matter to me if the reporters are attractive. I would like for them to be able to read the teleprompter. Is that too much to ask?

The whole "fair and balanced" thing is ridiculous. We'll have some people way on the left, spinning the news their way, and some way on the right, spinning the news their way...then you can stir them together, and come up with a crude amalgamation of the two---the truth lying somewhere in the mix.

I'm sick of it. Sick of scare tactics. Sick of the morning news becoming more and more like a television tabloid. Sick of actors promoting their latest movies. Sick of authors trying to sell their books. I don't need Good Morning America telling me about the hot new look for fall. And when did we start wanting to end a news broadcast with a concert from the latest "it" artist? It's the news!

If I want a good recipe, I'll look in a cookbook.

If I want fashion advice, I'll pick up a copy of Vogue.

If I want to be frustrated, knowing less about the world, and more about fluff, I'll park myself in front of the television at 9am, 6pm, and 10pm.

If you know of a good place to find out honest and accurate information on the economy, national security, politics, and relevant current events, PLEASE point me in the right direction.


lovemytannerman said...

I can't help you. I get my news from The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He makes me laugh.

I totally agree with your post. Good news is hard to find. That's probably why I resorted Comedy Central. =)

Visty said...

I feel you. Just today I was vomiting uncontrollably while watching Good Morning America, looking for some Olympics news. I would also like to say that I wish someone other than the Canadian channels could manage to cover the Olympics from a wider standpoint that having the cameras trained on only the Americans for once.

I can help. These two newspapers have always struck us as being quite neutral and extensive.

The Sydney Australia Morning Herald:

The Guardian UK:

There will still be a bit of this and that, but when it comes to a big world news story, you can get the straight answers here.