Where Has The News Gone?
Letter to the Editor:
What can the American populace expect from news sources during an era of looping newscasts over and over. Twenty-four hours a day we are subjected to non-news. News stations seem to have become a new form of tabloidism. Yellow Journalism. News tainted to get the viewer in front of the TV.
I am a baby boomer and proud to say I remember a time when we turned on the news in the evening to hear pertinent information for our daily lives. Where has the news gone?
Now I must try to glean what tidbits I can from worthless information. Not only is the information worthless, but apparently the means of obtaining worthless information is encouraging individuals to do activities in which they normally wouldn't participate.
Look at Octomom, a wanna be Angelina Jolie. All those kids, but it paid her to be irresponsible. Look at Anna Nicole Smith, dead, her son dead, and her daughter living without a mother. Look at Michael Jackson, and the hordes of people getting on TV to stake their claim to five minutes of fame. Look at Casey Anthony, a dead daughter, but selling her pictures to the media. Look at Haleigh Cummings and the circus her dad and his wife are putting on the news media. And the latest with the fake UFO and a horrible two and a half hours wondering if a small child would fall to his death.
For me, this news frenzy for the absurd, just to fill up time on the TV news channels, is in itself a dangerous game to be playing with people's lives. And the worst part for me, is the exploitation of children to gain the fame and money. I know I am not the only one in newsland that is sick and tired of the looping and bogus news. I would like to see, just one news channel to take a stand against this insanity and do the right thing, report the news, not sensationalism. Wouldn't you like to hear the news again?
- Valerie Gamblin, Cleveland, TN