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The news today
The news today
Is it just me? Or has the news totally become "Enquirer" style?
Are we as a people that desperate for sensationalism in news reporting?
Today, while watching tv, the local news station broke in and reported that a small plane had to make an emergency landing at TIA.
They weren't in danger of crashing. No one got hurt.
Were the news people hoping that a disaster would happen???
Yeah, I think so.
I remember many years ago, no one in another state knew when someone was kidnapped in California.
The Peterson case, while it was tragic indeed, didn't need to be covered like it was. EVERY SINGLE DAY, something like this happens. Why did that case set precedence? And the case in Utah?
I could go on and on.
And the "news" from Hollywood??
Now, personally, I don't give a rat's ass about Brad and Angelina. Or Jennifer and Vince. Or that wacko Tom and the equally nutty Katie. There WAS a time in Hollywood, when bad publicity was the death of stars. Now, they revel in it. And, it sells tickets. And, makes these nutjobs a ton of money. WTF is wrong with that picture? Gossip columnists could make or break a star. Negative remarks hurt at the box office. Not anymore.
I find that pathetic.
It's hilarious that people live vicariously through these so-called "icons". They can't wait for the next issue of "US" or "PEOPLE" to come out, so they can keep up with what's happening. Jeez, more people know what's going on in Hollywood than what's happening in Iraq.
When I was a kid, the front page of the Tribune was ALWAYS about what happened in Viet Nam. We were in a WAR. Didn't matter if it was wrong or right. Walter Cronkite was on every night. And, our troops were ALWAYS the main topic.
Now, I've noticed, in the Times, stuff that happens in Iraq is usually on the second page, unless a local died over there.
We are quick to fly the flag, but, Iraq isn't news worthy? But a kidnapping in BFE Kansas is???
I don't get it. I really don't. Probably one reason why my tv isn't on much anymore. And why I rarely buy a newspaper...
And CNN and MSNBC play the same shit, over and over and over again, about the same topic. During the Peterson case, it was non-stop. The so-called "experts" always had their opinions. The gruesome details were repeated again and again. It was like sharks during a feeding frenzy.
It made me sick.
Speaking of which... OJ and his infamous ride down a freeway. Mother of God, they interrupted a damn NBA playoff game for that shit. And it went on and on. I remember being pissed as shit over that drivel. AND, it was on EVERY SINGLE STATION. WTF? And that was news???
And the trial? Sweet Jesus. What a WASTE of taxpayers dollars.
But, all of America, (save me, I think), tuned in.
*shakes head sadly*
Sorry... just in a venting mood.
Oh yeah, right or wrong, or how you feel about what's going on over "there", may God protect our troops... and keep our country safe...
8/9/2006 12:48 pm
I couldn't agree with you more. It often seems as if the news media and Hollywood have a perspective that is totally out of the ball park, let alone just left field. Part of it is that Midwest upbringing. "Spin" on the Left Coast sounds like "shit" to us.|
8/9/2006 3:01 pm
8/9/2006 3:12 pm
Everything you said is true. That is one of my biggest annoyances. I've been known to rant about that on occasion. It's is unbelievable what passes as news anymore. A couple of my favorites are:
#1 . . . San Jose, California (but on network news). . . . A small airplane almost had to make an emergency landing on the highway going into town. Fortunately whatever was wrong was corrected and he didn't have to do it.
So.... we have a story about something that didn't happen.
#2 . . . In Washington state there was heavy rain and mud slides in a rural area. Some children were unable to go to school that day because the school buses couldn't get through. Obviously a major tragedy, unless you were the kids.
But why would anyone in California (or any other state) give a flying fuck why some kids got to skip school in rural Washington state?
A number of years ago (don't remember when) the autonomous network news divisions were alimented and news was transfered into the entertainment divisions, which are purely profit driven. They lost their independence and are pretty much losing their relevance. We have no more Cronkites or pure news programs.
LOLOL...jeeze, I got pissed off just remembering all that. I better stop before I start picking fights with the cats (they always win).
Thanks for getting my blood circulating . . . . . . .
8/9/2006 5:38 pm
I haven't really believed in the news since the early 1980s when on some report they where talking about how many milliliters per gallon something was... I just wigged out - you can't mix metric and standard measurements! (Ranks right up there with bad english!) |
I find it horrifying that some blond kid from a wealthy white family gets murdered or kidnapped and the news goes on and on and on and on... But the same thing happens to a black kid and you never hear about it. The fact is as Jami pointed out - its profit driven and if they don't get ratings - they don't get paid.
So, I just catch highlights once in a while and leave it at that...
Oh - before I forget - remember how disappointed the weather channel people where when Charlie turned and hit Punta Gorda, rather than nail Tampa? You could just see them deflate - I was laughing my ass off at them.... They so wanted it to hit Tampa and give them something to report on!
8/9/2006 10:35 pm
It is the changing times my dear, I go back to the time of no tv and we had to go to the pictures to see the world news, that was at least three weeks old but was reliable.|
How things have changed and I fear you are right it is pathetic.
Sometimes I wonder what the next generation will be like and shiver.
8/10/2006 9:13 am
I hate watching the news. They only talk about murders, , robberies, terrorism ... etc. I would love to have a station that talked about the positive things that happened today. That would REALLY be news!|
8/10/2006 3:03 pm
Perhaps you have asked the wrong crowd if sensationalism is warranted. Part of me is still hammering nails on a beach front high rise waiting for a certain white bikini. ........let my journalistic purity be distracted and the result is a sore thumb and yet we hammer without concern|
8/10/2006 11:11 pm
"I read the news today oh boy|
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords"
Only change is today it's film at 11 and web-cast out into the universe...and they wrote that in 1967...A Day In The Life.
8/11/2006 1:25 am
Had to leave another comment this morning on sky London news the news flash was about the bomb scare aimed at ten planes.|
Now using your favourite word the Fucktard retard commentator started telling every one how to make a bomb that looked like any bottle of soda.
I mean what is the world coming to.
8/13/2006 10:28 am
I think most "journalists" rarely stop to think of the ramifications of disseminating the info that they do. The live coverage of the JetBlue landing last year, SNL did a sketch on it, that the aircraft had inflight tv, and that the passengers could watch their own plane possibly crashing. Thankfully, the pilots made a great emergency landing, and the only casualties were the nosewheel, and the gouges in the runway. They did, however cause a lot of anxiety amongst the passengers, and their loved ones on the ground.|
I remember quite a few years ago, when a mentally ill man called a Miami television station, to tell them that he was going to set himself on fire at a local park. They sent a crew out, and the man waited while they did their level checks, and then the reporter said "OK, we're ready", or words to that effect, and let the man light up. A passerby interceded, and put the fire out(the man was using lighter fluid, not gasoline), while the news crew did nothing except film the whole pathetic spectacle. They said it wasn't their job to get involved, just to report the news. Ultimately, they were all fired.
I think the collective media has a lot to answer for, whether it's stalking and harrassing a celebrity to the point of causing traffic accidents, or divulging national security secrets. I fervently believe in a free press, as long as it's a responsible one.
8/16/2006 11:02 am
Buc, it is all about their numbers, how many watch, what age group, income level, everything is under the microscope and with the expansion of TV from the 3 channels to the 100+ channels now, the truth was first colored with "expert opinions" and now it is commented/slanted by every tom dick and harry, oh and mary jane has something to say about it too!!|
Throw in the internet and the access to info and the explosion of "expression" (by all of us) and as you say, bad publicity is just publicity, we are no longer shocked by anything. In fact it has become more important to just be heard, and content or sense matter very little, it is all about "My Voice" in the matter!!
nothing shocks us, but the drink is "stirred" and everyone is at the lip of the glass for a taste, whether sweet or sour, foul or healthy. Allegiance never sways, regardless of action or information.
We tune out what was once our focus, the war, and our brave defenders, our troops, thinking we can always get the news at another time!! Before we realize how our distractions dominate our lives, a victory declared, has continued in the backround of our lives not forgotten, but not a focus!!
The Corporations that operate/control the news/entertainment hinder our access, but we, the viewer, have turned our back partially to what is going on... we all must shoulder some blame.
Access has altered the vision and focus of everyone!
Buc, I too, meander through the day, and I am still struck with the fantsy of the .. W H I T E .. B I K I N I !!