With a new outlook in life, a death of the old, and a birth of the new, I’ve come to find my voice. I’ve come to notice more things that I had heretofore ignored or had just taken for granted, like most of us seem to be doing.
Yesterday, on my first Mother’s Day, I was watching the local news at a friend’s house, on whose couch I’ve been surfing for the past two weeks, and I remembered why I stopped watching local news in my previous life.
Local news sucks major dingleberry.
There was one report of a truck losing control and running up a ramp and injuring one person.
Yeah. That’s terrible. And it would suck to be the person driving that truck, just as it would most definitely stink to high heaven to be the person on the other side of that grill.
But why is this news? Why does anyone other than the immediate family members or the emergency response teams involved need to know about this? Either of which would have their own notification systems in place. So, what’s the point of reporting this?
Why would every other person, not involved with this need to know that it happened? If either person has a family or an ICE, no doubt they’d be notified. And as horrific an event as this is, there is no reason why I or you need to know of it.
Why is this news?
It’s an event that occurred that some talking heads have deemed worthy to bring into our living rooms, not to build empathy – because this is not the Age of Empathy at all, but the Age of the Villian – but to boost their ratings.
And you get a clear idea of the callousness behind this horse-toothed reporting when they boast of being “the first to report it”.
This is madness beyond reckoning. And it needs to stop.
And the scariest part of it all is: turning off the local news, lowering their coveted ratings, would only result in them “creating” news. No, I’m not calling out “fake”. But ala the Rodney King Riots and the irresponsible reporting thereof, I’m calling this out as being needlessly alarmist for the sake of them being on the air, for the sake of sponsors hawking local car insurance or second rate plumbing services.
Hey, we’ve all got to eat.
But my take: If it’s not relevant to national security, and overall public health and safety, or national politics, then we don’t need to hear about it.