It seems to me that the news is more about entertainment and less about information these days. CNN, PMSNBC, FOXnews, and CNBC's news programs these days are hardly that. At best they can be called editorial programs. They all have the split screen with people on opposite sides of any issue talking over each other, name-calling, making disgusted faces, and never really listening to one another and actually having an adult discussion. These things along with the ticker at the bottom of the screen, the fancy graphics, and the "Breaking News Alert" that merely captions the point that someone on screen just said make it unbearable to watch, and actually give me anxiety at times. Even if it is on in the background it raises the tension.
Some wonder why we are such a nation divided. An argument could be made that these things are a large contributing factor. In some ways we are all still like children in the respect that we mimic what we see. Right now that includes feigned outrage, and the need to name call rather than discuss. Not to mention, you cannot have a story just given to you without either the anchor or co-anchor giving their two cents. How refreshing would it be to have a news program that had just one person reading the stories, no editorials or group discussions? It's not exciting, but it give the viewer the opportunity to form their own opinion. It would take half the time and the facts could get out there. Then after that show is over, the yell-fest could begin again, and you could change the channel.
One more thing then I am done for the time being. It all blew up with one little line. "I may not be a real doctor, but I play one on TV" I know that celebrities have always been active in the political arena ie. Hanoi Jane, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and others. But, these days it is out of hand. Do 18 year olds that have been raised in Hollywood with a golden spoon in their mouth really think they can speak for the blue-collar, middle class, middle American worker? More often than not, I could care less what they think. Just because you once had a roll as the president does not mean you really know what it takes or should tell me who to vote for. I wish they would just stick to acting, and leave the politics alone. The occasional PSA is OK, but I cannot recall a single time I went to the polls and thought "I wonder who Elmo is going to vote for".