The last few days have strengthened my dislike for 24/7 “news” channels. I’ve always felt that channels like Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc serve only to highlight the world’s suffering. Do you really believe that the world is getting worse every day? That all of a sudden war is hell? The fact is, as humans we’ve always been a slimely law breaking bunch. Before 24/7 news though, you only got to hear about it for one hour every night at 6:00pm while you ate dinner. Now we can wallow in our own filth around the clock. So why are YOU watching? Are we gluttons for this garbage? Does seeing others suffer makes us feel better because it’s not us? You get the idea: I don’t watch news channels.
In the last few days it’s gotten worse. Two examples:
1. When did the news become “the news”? Why do I care about Geraldo and Bill O’Reilly having a spat over imagration? This was more than a little self-important in my eyes. Fox has covered their argument adnauseum.
2. Don Imus said some REALLY stupid things. There’s no way around that. He should lose his job. Yes, I know this statement will get me slammed by folks who loathe political correctness. This goes beyond that though. It wasn’t just insensitive. It was offensive. All a two week “vacation” for Imus will result in is a huge ratings boost when he returns. After all, we’re a voyeuristic society, so why shouldn’t tv news joing the ranks of reality television.
Here’s my question: Why did I need to see a press conference with the Rutgers coach? More than that, why in the world did I need to see the players themselves read personal statements about how their lives are now permanently scarred because of this? That’s laughable. That my friends is the definition of melodrama; bogus overly sentimental camera face time. Those 18-21 year old girls were clueless about who Don Imus is before this happened. Everyone they know was probably clueless about who Don Imus is. I was offended when I passed through the room in which my wife was watching some news channel who was airing their “statements”. I’m sorry they dreamed up that this old guy in a cowboy hat and sunglasses statements ruined their “great season”. 24/7 News has apparently taught them that they needed to react, in a big way. By the way….GO LADY VOLS. Rutgers you were out of place in that championship to begin with.