Tuesday, September 3, 2013


I'm wishing that news wasn't 24/7 on ANY channels anymore.

I watch it on all the cable channels and I think it's very wearing to us all to hear every murder story in a town across the country we've never heard of, very desensitizing to hear really important subjects torn apart because spending more time on it fills the time and gets the big bucks from advertisers.

How do you think TELEVISION NEWS could be improved, and do you think it needs it?


Always On Watch said...

When there is an emergency such as 9/11 and the Boston Marathon jihad attack, I appreciate having so many news channels.

Otherwise, I'm burned out with watching news and hearing rambling pundits so much of the time.

WomanHonorThyself said...

I can hardly read news on line without goin mad Z!..have a great day hun..xoxox

Mustang said...

I agree with you: the 24/7 news has transformed this country in negative ways. It is first of all sensationalism, as you noted. Bad things happen all the time in this old world of ours, but I fail to see how a traffic chase through East LA affects me living on the other side of the nation, or even the kidnapping of a 20-something in Illinois. The effects are that people feel depressed about all this bad news, or they refuse to watch any news at all.

This somewhat reminds me of School Board meetings. They are so long and drawn out, so boring, that no one from the community wants to attend them—and this is good for School Board members who eventually get to do what they want within that school district. When Americans stop paying attention to what Congress is doing, or the president … well, then this is no longer a nation of the people, is it?

sue hanes said...

Z - I get tired of seeing the same thing on CNN. They latch on to a news story and keep on showing the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I've stopped watching it. It's like junk food. You don't have to watch it if you don't like it. Because news TV has become some addictive junk.

Jen Nifer said...

What FB said.

I listen to the radio for my news.

Yes, tv news is over-stimulating and lacks perspective.

Jim at Asylum Watch said...

The bestt place to get news is the blogosphere. It is easy to find a number of blogs taking the pro or the con to any story. The better bloggers always provide links to their sources. So, it is not that hard to read the pros and the cons and decicide for one;s self which side has the best arguments. Here in Venezuela, the government has turoughly intimidated all news sources. For years now, they open their news segments by saying it is news that is balance and fair. How can news be fair? News is news!

JonBerg said...

"How do you think TELEVISION NEWS could be improved"

I don't know but I'm watching less of it. One thing that I really can't stand is the redundency given to some issues such as the Zimmerman/Martin case. I quit watching, all together when that was going on.

Z said...

I'm in a hurry but I thank you for your comments AND add that another amazing thing is how a story can be SO important...like Syria...and if a very well known celeb becomes extremely sick today or has a terrible car accident or something, it'll be 24/7 on HIM, as it was for M. Jackson.

As if the past story isn't important anymore..

see you soon...from work, if I find a minute. Z

FreeThinke said...

Print media is moribund (that means "dying" for those of you in Rio Linda ;-).

TV is heading in that direction too.

Even computers, as such, may be going the way of all flesh sooner than we'd like to admit.


Because "smart phones" are taking over as the dominant means of communication. They are portable, and they do everything but pour your morning coffee and have sex with you.

The trend is clear we are already involved in a society where most sources of information are CENTRALLY CONTROLLED by purely ELECTRONIC technology.

The nightmare fantasies of Forster, Huxley, Orwell and Atwood have ARRIVED. WIthout even realizing it YOU have been turned into a robotized cog in MAchibe over which YOU have no control whatsoever -- you only THINK you do, because "they" still allow you to speak your mind in places like this. Our opinions may be valid, but they have been rendered worthless, because NO ONE IN AUTHORITY CARES WHAT YOU or I WANT, THINK or NEED, and they are no longer ACCOUNTABLE to YOU. Technology has made it possible for "them" to be a law unto themselves.

FreeThinke said...

My advice?


Get OFF the Grid.

Take up knitting, crocheting, basket weaving, growing African violets on windowsills, trying a new recipe every day, volunteer at your local hospital, read to the blind, scrub your kitchen floor on your hands and knees, earn to play bridge, try writing a new poem each day, volunteer at an animal shelter -- do ANYTHING but watch TV.

TV, itself, IS the ANTICHRIST.

Pris said...

Racism? I watched the video and heard the 911 call. I didn't hear anything about race, and if I had, and he raped a five year old little girl, what difference would it make what race he was?

If someone broke into one's house, wouldn't anyone have the right to defend his family? This was even worse! The father's little daughter was being raped!

This crime was beyond redemption. The man was raping a five year old child, and the father beat him to a pulp! It's obvious he didn't intend to kill him, but the father lost it! What father wouldn't?

Libman, are you nuts? At least the rapist will not rape anymore little girls!

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Duckys here said...

Good investigative journalism is expensive which is why we have a lot less than we used to and a whole lot less than we need.

What we have now is opinion and cliches.
"He gassed his own people". Yeah, it would have been okay if he gassed other people. Martha Raddatz sure can deliver the story. What a bimbo.

The news room is a profit generator and no longer a separate department in some cases.

Magazines are some help (The Atlantic has some good material on Syria). But electronic media are largely opinion and shallow opinion at that.

"Blow up your TV throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find Jesus on your own"

Gee, FT, John Prine agrees with you. You're having a good day.

Ed Bonderenka said...

I disagree with any notion of disengagement with the culture in which I am supposed to be salt.
I've backed off my Fox jones a bit.
Informed, motivated = good.
Screaming at the TV = bad.
Especially, that idiot (see?) O'Reilly.

Kid said...

TV news could inform us about all of the political thievery, how out of kerry's 3 purple hearts, only 1 even needed a band aid, the real evil that is the hildebeast etc ad infinitum.

But yea, HLN was on in the kitchen when I went in to help like the prince of a husband I am, and nany grace is on there for an hour talking about this POS who delivered in a bathroom of a bar, killed the baby, stuffed it in a plastic bag and then into the toilet tank then back out to watch ...WWE.
yea. Ok, got it. 60 seconds was enough, Next Slide, Next POS to put on stage, Next shiny (or not) fuzzy ball to wave in front of everyone.

Z, I think it very may well be agenda based demoralization. Or just misdirection away from the incredible incompetence and corruption of the current administration. Remember job 1 in 'the country of your enemy' is demoralization. That makes all the other brainwashing so much easier.

Kid said...

FrogBurger. It takes meabout 10 seconds to scan the news.google page. 1/10th of a second maybe to look at each pathetic headline and move on. After 10 seconds, done.
Nothing of value there.

Like Mustang said, nothing pertinent to me, nothing that might provide positive value, bad things happen all the time, hundreds if not thousands of times a day. The only value if you're going to tilt one way or the other would be to focus on positive news. Plenty out there. Because negative energy is wasted energy. Therefore they are wasting everyone's time. At best.

Z said...

Great, my 't's work here, but not in email. S***

"good journalism is expensive", Ducky says.

WHAT RUBBISH. I asked someone with a LOT of connections, on the board of THe Heritage Foundation, why there aren't more conservative journalists hired and she said they just will not hire them.
They're WILLING.
Libs, too, I suspect, are willing to get to the truth.
Who the heck doesn't want a Pulitzer?
Ducky, what rubbish..nothing to do with cost.

TOO man hours..Period..too much rubbish. Too many hours to fill with ANYTHING as long as they're paid for.

beamish said...

It pisses me off when Wolf Blitzer is giving in depth coverage on why they put air in potato chip bags and the small print ticker at the bottom begins to relay a message about a terrorist bombing somewhere in Nepal and it gets cut by a Metamucil commercial.

Why can't CNN get us to the bottom of why air is in a potato chip bag?

beamish said...

It pisses me off when Wolf Blitzer is giving in depth coverage on why they put air in potato chip bags and the small print ticker at the bottom begins to relay a message about a terrorist bombing somewhere in Nepal and it gets cut by a Metamucil commercial.

Why can't CNN get us to the bottom of why air is in a potato chip bag?

Duckys here said...

Well, z ...

1. Investigative reporters are not talking heads. Very little solid investigative work is done, "the news" is mostly the likes of Limbaugh, Maddow and O'Reilly spouting opinions.

2. There are very few people out there considered conservative by the "fair and balanced" Heritage Foundation (founded because they thought Nixon too liberal).