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misguided new focus?(5 posts)

misguided new focus?DougSloan
Aug 11, 2003 6:36 AM
I don't know about anyone else, but I get really tired of the choices for news focus from both local and national news.

First of all, I think local news should cover local events. Why the heck do I need some local broadcaster in Fresno reading some AP story about the middle east? If I wanted that, I'd tune in CNN or CBS. Waste of time.

Second, the national news has for most of my lifetime spent far too much focus on the middle east, or focused upon some single event that is vastly overblown in importance compared to what's going on in the rest of the country and the world; the Lacey Peterson murder would be a good example. While a tragedy, it's one of thousands of missing persons/murders unsolved.

I cannot even begin to understand the overblowing of the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Why the heck do I need a nightly report about some idiot who got shot because he threw rocks at some soldiers or yet another car bombing? It has happened every freaking day for over 30 years. It's not news. It might be news if it *did not* happen.

I want to know what's going on in this country, maybe some news out of Australia, Germany, Africa (getting a little now) whatever. What the heck is going on in these news director's minds? Anyone have a clue? Thanks for listening.

Try catching BBC news off NPR...rwbadley
Aug 11, 2003 6:45 AM
They tend to give a little broader overview.

I agree, most media coverage here is very selective in it's presentation.
or just stop watching the news on TV altogetherColnagoFE
Aug 11, 2003 7:34 AM
I rarely watch news on TV anymore. The local news is just a litany of murders and other news designed to shock. If I want the weather I look on the net or watch the Weather Channel. National news is like you say--more news of rock throwing and bombs going off for the most part. I catch CNN online and a few other news sources to stay current, but why sit around and get depressed watching news that seems only designed to shock and make us all walk around in fear when for the most part your chances of getting murdered or assaulted in most cities is actually pretty low if you use common sense safety measures.
The Economist...PdxMark
Aug 11, 2003 8:29 AM
Great worldwide coverage presented with amazingly good writing. It writes about topics that you see almost no-where else, both for the US other parts of the world. You'll know about the next Bosnia (or various US situations) weeks (or months) before US media sources clue in. The science and technology section is always interesting, and even the obituary is insightful. I can read through a Newsweek in an hour, but rarely get all the way through an Economist before the next one arrives.
I'll second The Economist.critmass
Aug 11, 2003 9:40 AM
Information literacy can't be achieved by just watching television. The best sources are books, magazines, newspapers, primary source documents, intelligent friends and even some Internet sites you have reason to trust. But then you can't just be searching to validate your own view of the world.