Those who have been with me since Live Spaces days know how I feel about this hot button issue for me. What I term (using the old term from before my days) "Yellow Journalism".
It is rife in two media forms in particular. Meaning television and newspapers. Thinking more about it, it is rife in computer "news" too. It is inescapable no matter where you turn.
What is my meaning here you may ask. For one, I am referring to the two hour local news casts in some areas, mine for example where they are compelled daily to fill those two hours with whatever mundane, pandering to the lowest common denominator in humanity events (I will never say news) there is to rub into our collective faces.
If the local networks went back to the thirty minute formatting there would be less time for the "directors/producers" to be forced dredge up old and mostly untried theoretical happenings and conjecturing as well as any and all tragedies that have happened over night and during the day to fill those two hours, and more time for reporting the genuine world and local news. Real news, not so-called "human interest" drivel.
In local news particularly...no matter which city I view it in..no matter what State of the Union I am in, when there is a human or animal tragedy (hoarding for example insofar as animal tragedies are concerned) that has occurred or animal cruelty, there is the intrepid "reporter" thrusting a microphone into the face of an injured or bereaved person who is being exploited by the network for all they're worth...and there is the cameraman twisting his lens for an extreme close-up of tears or other private emotions. The recording goes on with the camera focused close up to the point you can count the pores on the person's face making sure to ask deeply hurtful, useless and personal questions to force the person to re-live whatever happened, a death of a spouse or child perhaps, and the more tear filled and wavering the victim's voice is, the more likely that is the segment that will be showcased over and over in the local news. These poor people are usually dazed and don't realize they can say no if they wish to. Just SAY what happened and stop re-victimizing whomever it is you are invading with your microphone, camera and invasive insensitive questions. Then move on!
National "news" does not escape my assessment either. They have felt compelled to show horror and murder. If someone is being beaten to death that day somewhere in the world, it will be televised with a gratuitous sentence that it may be "disturbing" to the viewer, then quickly we have the atrocious happening thrust into our faces if we don't turn away in time. Tell me please, what use is it to see beatings happening, murders in progress or afterward and accident victims? Don't tell me people demand that. So far no, they don't. But keep this up much longer and we'll have the old Roman Colosseum days back again. How far off from that are we at this point?
I have the pleasure of reading a local on-line newly developed new site here in my town. Great local and Statewide coverage. There may be National news on it as well but I have not read each issue thoroughly yet. I will however as I can learn what is happening without being subjected to the parade of horrors and might-have-beens and sheer conjecture plus atrocities that I have see on TV. Magazines, so called news mags are just as bad. The pictures are many times nightmare inducing.
PS I rarely ever watch TV at all, certainly rarely the news.