I enjoy Steven Colbert at The Colbert Report, and he said some interesting things to say about the 24-hour news programs when he was interviewed in Entertainment Weekly:
There’s not more news now than there was when we were kids. There’s the same amount from when it was just Cronkite. And the easiest way to fill it is to have someone’s opinion on it. Then you have an opposite opinion, and then you have a mishmash of fact and opinion, and you leave it the least informed you can possibly be.
That’s exactly how I see these 24-hour news networks which is why I can’t stand watching them. I mainly get my news from little blurbs online like Google or the BBC. News, nowadays, has lost the function or respectibility of being news. It’s mainly opinions, breaking news, or stories that isn’t worth to be called news (remember when Anna Nicole Smith died and everyone had to talk about it for a week. That’s not news!). To get another glimpse at what I’m saying, check this out. This is what’s happening to news and what’s sad is that people are believing that it is news.
People now think of news as opinions from commentators and take that as a source of information, or the facts of the case. But that’s not news, it’s opinion. Example: on FoxNews, their motto is “We Report, You Decide.” How convenient! Not only do I hear the news, but I get to decide if what I heard is true or not. But how can I tell if it’s true or not? Well, I have to investigate and the only way to do that is go to. . . the news. We’re at a loop here and it’s no wonder that post-modernism is looking at this and taking it into validating consideration. When I hear the news, I don’t want to decide if it’s true or not. The point of the news is that it’s supposed to be true. News gives us the facts: tell us what Congress is saying about the bailout (I don’t want to hear what the host thinks is a good idea). Tell us about the debates (not that the same “I hate McCain/Obama rhetoric”). Tell us what’s happening in the nation, give us the facts that’s newsworthy (not some lame scoop like some guy invented a way to mow the lawn 30 seconds faster). Give me the news, facts, the truth!