I hate the news.
Not news in and of itself but the newscasts and the billion dollar industry that is cable news. Their function is not to really inform you of anything. The local and national news exists, purely, to sell commercials. It is a money making endeavor. And, like a good capitalist, I appreciate that. They use teasers and hyperbole and many would say they even lie to get you to come back for more anxiety and commercials in 24 hours.
My favorite saying is that the news is trying to create short term anxiety so you will tune in again tomorrow. Their primary goal is to bring you back to the trough so you can woof down your daily ration of Hollywood scandal, local crime, Wall Street inequities, and global unrest. Heartburn pills not included.
Pick a channel. If FOX is fair and balanced then I am a toaster. CNN and MSNBC? Those guys make lean so far left they ride donkeys to work. ABC, NBC, CBS. More of the same. Where did you go Walter Cronkite?
If you listen long enough, you will feel good if that is what they are pushing, or you will feel worthless, tired, and beat down. It depends on the network you are watching and who is living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. During Clinton’s stay, he could do no wrong on CNN, but was the anti-Christ on FOX. Opposite for Bush. Does anyone on the news today have an objective take? Jon Stewart, maybe?
I hate that news can’t be without an agenda. I just want to know what happened today without your ideological subtext. I just want the news and I would prefer for Diane Sawyer to read it to me. She is swell.
I will close with a teaser to get you to tune into my “blog” another day (maybe not tomorrow):
Next time I will reveal the winning lottery numbers and the secrets of LOST.