What the Hell...I have had it with the Media! I'm having a sit-in!

I figure while I am still in a ranting mood from yesterday's blog post, I would just keep the free therapy rolling...



Today I need address my issues with the News Media. I have touched on my love hate relationship before in my Open Letter to the Media, when they turned the grieving town of Newton CT into a media circus, but today I need to address the ridiculousness as a whole.




WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH US??  That's all I can think.  The Media hounds are essentially products of demand.  They give us what they think we want. For example, every time any major news worthy event happens, the story is beaten to death until there is nothing else left to report-no more doors to knock on, people to drag through the mud, lives to be violated and exploited.

When I worked in the media, yes I was there once, there was a widely used and accepted saying, "If it bleeds, it leads." The demand for sensationalism is so high, when the supply arrives the news pounces.  I am am SICK of it.  SICK SICK SICK!  Today the 6 O'Clock news reported on (in this order)

  1. A mother and her children found dead in a creek
  2. A man hit by a train
  3. A teenager that pled guilty to killing her grandmother
  4. A trial underway for a woman accused of molesting two children, who both are taking the stand!!
  5. A new Pope is named.


As far as I am concerned, the ONLY news I needed to know about is the election on the new Pope. (Which is wonderful, brought tears to my eyes, prayers to my lips, and hope for my Roman Catholic Church to my heart)

I have had it with the countless interviews of the far removed neighbors or gawkers who really do not even know the person, but give the reporter just enough to squeeze out more speculation to feed the scandal.  Or the digging up relatives who will say anything for a buck.  OR the ultimate, making up shit to be the first to "Break the story!"  The report above about the man hit by a train, was actually a reported as a child hit by a train at first!  That was when I deleted the news app.  If they cannot even wait to get their facts straight... So much is lies, speculation and grasping at weightless facts.

Anyways... I have had it with the news!  I tweeted earlier that the news was more depressing than watching my grey hair grow. Well, the news is GIVING ME GREY HAIR!!  I do not need to know about 85% of the shit they report on.  NO ONE should have to carry around in their hearts the sickness the news reports on.  I also do not think 85% of the stories are my business.  I do not need to know about the the senseless deaths of the day, the arrested drug dealers, the slain prostitutes or the corrupt cops.  I especially do not need to know about the horrible things that have happened to children by their parents or guardians.  I am thankful the abuse has been caught and the parties are prosecuted, but I just do not see how it should be my business?

I have decided to self censor the news form now on.  I have removed my local news Apps from my phone, keeping only BBC and CNN, because I do find the world News to be more like 85% about things I need to know about - Natural disasters, wars, threats, New Popes... more or less, no petty miserable news stories that break my heart. Or at least, if they do report on heart breaking stories, they are tied to major (news worthy) events.

 I think the local news has made it their business to go too far to fill a half-hour with dreadful 'if it bleeds, it leads' stories.  What happened to reporting with integrity, delivering great stories that affect the masses? I would love for a news station to stand up and say, we have integrity and plan to report in that manner, not ambulance chase to fill the 30-minute time slot.

I am fairly certain that I am not going to achieve any real #NOMOREDIRTYNEWS movement here, but I do wish we as the masses could lower our demand for sadness and tear jerking stories.  For every crack whore there is a single mother busting her ass to make a difference.  For ever corrupt politician there is a teacher changing lives. For every senseless crime there is a good deed.  Why can't the news report on that?  And so, I say until the news reports on that, I will be getting my local weather report from my weather app, my local traffic report fro my traffic app and my world news from my CNN and BBC apps.  Starting today I am taking a stand, I refuse to watch the local news until they make a change.  I want more positive time fillers, and less if it bleeds it leads sensationalism.   #nomoredirtynews


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8 comments:

A Mother Life said...

Yeah they do go over the top. Unfortuately I'm a little addicted to the news. But hte coverage here is nutsand the way they drag things out is laughable...

Alissa said...

So true! The other day they were reporting about some guy that killed his wife and dismembered her... Andy and I looked at each other and had conversation about how we can't even have the news on anymore with little James in the room... seriously and we just wanted to see the weather forcast!!

I rarely watch the news because it depresses me... so much so that a few years back when there was that giant oil leak in the ocean.... I didn't hear about it until about 2 months after it happened. Then one day at work after watching the news I said "Hey guys did you hear about that oil leak in the ocean?" And everyone was like.... yeah it happened 2 months ago where have you been? HAHAHAHAA... I was blissfully unaware.

I'm with you! I'll join your movement not to watch the news anymore.

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

Yay!! Thanks for joining! The man that dismembered his wife... Sick, but how is it our business?? Down with the dirty news!!

Jessika said...

Yes ma'am. We had this discussion recently too- when the "breaking news" was someone's house being broken into- not that that is to be taken lightly- just that they will sensationalize anything just before the news comes on, just to attract viewers. I rarely watch local news anymore- go online to the local news website for the weather, and that's about it. I will sometimes watch a news show in the morning like GMA, only because it tends to be fairly upbeat and gives me some background noise in the morning. I'm over the drama everywhere I turn :/

Quirky Chrissy said...

I don't watch the news for that reason. Facebook tells me when the big stuff happens, and then I can look it up on the Google. Is that bad?

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

I am with you, I watch the news for weather and sometimes a sports update, but other than that I have had it! GMA is too my guilty pleasure, but they report on everything and you said, they are upbeat!

April @First Time Mom and Dad said...

Nope! I have the same feelings. If it's really important I will hear about it!

Outsmarted Mommy said...

It really is out of control. I can't watch the news as I make dinner in fear that the stories will traumatize my kids and I can't watch it before bed or I don't sleep. The media really knows how to beat a dead horse.

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