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Posted on 2004.08.01 at 13:48

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closet_geek at 2004-01-08 13:16 (UTC) ()
I think it's more the spirit of the news itself that I actually hate. It's become nothing but a magnifier for the terrible in society and preys on our fears, all for the sake of ratings, and I highly resent that. The T.V in my room has become my alarm clock, I have it programmed to the local news channel and it's the first thing I hear in the morning. Really, there's no better start to your day than, (hypothetically) "A twelve year old girl scout was raped and left for dead in the high school footbal stadium. Meanwhile, a puppy was cooked alive and eaten by Michael Jackson. Also, there is no more ice cream for anyone, ever." I heard a joke once...The news is where they start out with "Good Morning" and then tell you why it isn't. It's not as if I want anyone to be sugar-coating things for me, but I don't think that this one-sided 'everything is terrible' reporting is great journalism either. While I'm sure the reports like the girl scout story is true (and I would sympathize), I'm sure, somewhere, somehow, a kitten was caught up a tree and was rescued by some nice firemen. There should be a balance, not just shock stories.

Plus, I hate the stories about Micheal Jackson. (More commonly known as Wacko Jacko.) Innocent before proven guilty.
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primroseburrows at 2004-01-08 22:13 (UTC) ()
It's become nothing but a magnifier for the terrible in society and preys on our fears, all for the sake of ratings, and I highly resent that.

Yesyesyes. I abhor local news because it's all sensationalism. I can't do anything about the fact that there was a woman killed by a hit-and-run driver in Providence. I can do something about a referendum in the state for more traffic law enforcement, except I'll never know, because that particular subject doesn't sell product. Wah and bleh.
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