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Monday, September 12, 2005

Is Anyone Else Tired Of The News Media?

There was the headline a couple of weeks ago that coroners and recovery workers were expecting as many as 10,000 bodies to be uncovered in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The official count is in. It's 197. First of all, let me say PRAISE GOD! With a disaster of this magnitude, it certainly could have been much worse. Still, I'm very discouraged by 'reporting' that appears to be aimed more for shock value and ratings than truth. I think the irresponsibility of reporting numbers like 10,000 is more about creating news - as those numbers cause people to panic and become even more outraged. "Quick, get them on camera!"

I'm also disturbed by the images. Not the images of the aftermath - that is news. The images that are played over and over without any time or date stamp on them to let us know when they were taken. I've seen one particular scene (a man wading waste deep in water pulling a raft with what appears to be his remaining possessions on it) several dozen times. I know that image was captured within a day or so of the storm's fury. Here we are a couple of weeks later and they are showing that image daily as if it is current news. You know what I'd like to see? That street today. I'll bet there's been a little improvement.

And speaking of improvement, what of reporting on that? Why is almost all the reporting on the negative aspects of the story and not the heroics that are also going on there? Where are the stories of people who have given sacrificially to help? Where are the stories of the great neighbors who have risen to the occasion? What of the many who have made it to safety with family or friends, or even the open homes of strangers, and are putting their lives back together?

MSM (Mainstream Media) is wondering why it is losing its audience. Hmmm. What do you think?

7 Comments:

  • I'm without TV coverage for the last several months. Can't say I miss it. Yes, I did wish for it on a couple of occasions, but it's been good not to have the temptation of wall to wall watching, gaining what one pundit called the otherday "Cable-Induced Migraine".

    I'm with you, I HATE what TV news does to a story. TV news is a medium ill-equipped to handle the reality of a story. The heat of the picture overwhelms all thought, rational discourse, common-sense.

    What's more worrying is that we are becoming a country RULED by this phenomenon. The "reaction" to this storm hasn't been perfect, but somehow, the pictures have made "us" believe that the rescue efforts were entirely bogus.

    Only in ONE place have I heard a conversation of the wonderful things that DID happen. The self-help efforts. The community banding together. That was in a 5 minute NPR piece about a week ago.

    Following a story by reading helps me to form a much different opinion and one less influenced by the heat of emotion. Can't say I miss the TV. A picture may say a thousand words, but all-too-often the "words" aren't truth.

    D

    By Higher Up, Further In, at 9/12/2005 12:01 PM  

  • That is one reason that I am glad that we got rid of cable and network news some time ago. Almost anything you see is questionable as to it verasity.

    I read both Christian and secular news sources primarily on the Web. I confess to listening to conservative talk radio, too. What I like best about the latter is that I get to hear a lot of sound bites that don't make the left leaning msm.

    As a recovering news junkie, I have to avoid getting too riled up with it all.

    By WBR, at 9/12/2005 1:58 PM  

  • awww, everyone has a secret code name... i gotta come up with one

    By amanda, at 9/12/2005 6:23 PM  

  • You mean amanda ISN'T a secret code name? I was told you were really Frank the Butcher!

    D

    By Higher Up, Further In, at 9/13/2005 11:39 AM  

  • oh know!!! you caught me ;-) wow that would be a pretty scary code name

    By amanda, at 9/13/2005 1:43 PM  

  • you're right.... amanda is a very scary code name...

    And I agree... I am tired of the news shock factor and the blame game that always goes on. No one is ever truly prepared when tradgedy strikes... as for blaming the lack of preparation on racial issues... come on!! I don't understand why people always go there... salt for past wounds anyone??

    By germaine, at 9/13/2005 4:42 PM  

  • The magazines showing up on the newsstands this week are FINALLY reporting on the heroics and miracles that are occurring in the aftermath of Katrina!

    By Jackie, at 9/13/2005 6:03 PM  

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