Every so often I have to take a little break from the news. I get so frustrated listening to talking heads and news anchors that have no idea what they are talking about. I just have to shut it down. It doesn’t matter what station your watching either. They are all in such a hurry to get something, anything out that rumors and random opinion are substitutes for news. With experts that are not actually experts used to fill time.
The Navy Yard shooting was a great example of how bad the networks and cable news are. Nearly all of the information the first day was wrong. It wasn’t just a little bit wrong but off the mark by miles in some cases. Now the anchors tell us that the information is breaking and could be wrong. Well here’s and idea, don’t report it till it’s verified and double sources. Wasn’t that the standard at one time?
I’m not a John Stewart fan but sometimes he hits the mark. Below is an example.
In reality there is very little real news these days. What I mean is news where just facts are presented and you the viewer / reader can decide what you make of it. Today you have to sift through tons of opinionated and biased (all sides) reporting then double check every line for information only to find that there are no facts at all in the report.
Is this by accident or plan. There is the need to fill time and this invariably leads to anchors saying many dumb things. But is it really bad to go on with other news until there is something new to report?
Then there is the idea that maybe this is part of “The plan”, to keep the people out of the loop and confused. Unable to discern the truth and make decisions, thus requiring political operatives to tell us what to think. That is never good.
In depth fact based reports are few and far between. It’s all sound bite news, with short little segments of guests pushing agendas for 3 minutes then on to the next issue. We need to slow it down.
I think I’ll read some good books the next few days. I already have The Devil we Don’t Know by Nonie Darwish and George Washington a biography in his own words lined up.