Why do I watch it? What purpose does it really serve? I have seen the local news for what it truly is and yet it is still on my television every morning at 6 am for roughly 2 hours replaying it’s 15 minute loop of “fluff” stories (personal interest pieces?), propaganda and guesstimate weather predictions.
This morning I see that there was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake centered in the southern part of the state that I live in. They literally spent 0.4 seconds alerting us to this fact – and if I would have blinked I would have missed it – which I found way more significant than 0.4 seconds worth of news time it received. They promptly moved on to a “heartfelt” story on how a local mother gave birth to her child in the intersection of one of our downtown roads. I’m estimating that that story had 4 minutes worth of content and information given, which, don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful and I’m grateful for the miracle that took place… but can I also get 4 minutes worth of time and information about the earthquake that seems to me is significant enough and could be the sign of something more significant to come??
If you are a criminal it is a bragging right to have made it to the local news. Something I don’t think people realize is though, that the criminal they are reading about is just a fellow human and probably at the lowest point in their life when they commit these crimes. The comment sections of the news stories have brought some people I have known that have made the news to thoughts of suicide. And is that the purpose of the comment? To refer to someone who commits a crime in such a negative and hurtful way that they literally want to die? I would hope not. Because that’s a sad state of affairs to want someone to cease to exist because they made very bad choices. The other unfortunate part of this story is that it brands you a criminal for life and thereafter it is very hard to live down the fact that you made mistakes and more than likely were brought to justice and served your time and paid your dues for these mistakes.
After watching “Wag The Dog”, a brilliant Dustin Hoffman flick about how a network teamed up with government essentially “staged” a war for everyone to believe simply by showing fake clips of supposed war and the aftermath on the world news and people ate it up and took it for truth. This, among many other things, has aided my mind in becoming open to the possibility that our televisions are not always trustworthy. I realize it’s a movie but try this for me – Watch it and center your discernment meter on it… I would make bets that something will definitely ring true.
I’m not certain, but I would assume that the people in charge of making the news have most people’s best interest in mind. I would assume. Or maybe HOPE is the correct word here…
My final thought being that there’s got to be a better way to deliver important information to the people in a way that educates and enlightens instead of glorifying and then mentally breaking down criminals and also alerting us to the things going on in the world that truly matter and make a difference in our day to day lives.
Someone figure this one out and implement it for me would you please?
Love, light, compassion and balance to you all.