Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Is it me?

Is it me or has anyone else noticed how the news, all negative, is repeated every hour on the hour, every day? The news motto is, "if it bleeds, it leads." So we are subjected to who got shot, who robbed who, the latest gang activity, usually a shooting, who got raped, who was a hit and run victim, who embezzled what bank or which investors, and on and on. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!

Take News 12 New Jersey, for instance. I have turned to this news station, gone out for a couple of hours, and come back to hear the same news stories being repeated. As if no other news occurred in the time I was out. First of all, if it's repeated, it's taped so what are the reporters getting paid for? The news was taped early in the morning and repeated all day. WTH? I'm not trying to get people fired but get real. If the news program is going to repeat taped information all day, they should set it up like the Music Choice stations and just play the story without showing the reporters as if it's a new live report.

Then there is all the negativity. Is there no good news in the world - and I don't mean the demise of Osama Bin Laden? If we are lucky, we may get a story about a dog, cat, squirrel or some other animal that was rescued from a hole in the ground or drain pipe. Or maybe a story about the birthday of some sweet little lady who just made 100 years old. Wonderful.

How about leading with one of those stories? What about the person who went back to college and got their degree at 60 years old? What about Michelle Obama dancing to the Move Your Body video made by Beyonce? What about the man/woman who donated hundreds/thousands/millions of dollars to build houses for the veterans or whoever? Or the person who lived a very austere life and when they died it was discovered that they had millions that they left to their school or church?

It's time to change direction and focus on the positive and not the negative. What a pleasant surprise that would be.

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