Saturday, January 19, 2013
Big news that isn't and missing news
So Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah that he used performance enhancing drugs. Big woop. I really don't care. Why does the news people think this is big news?
It isn't. It's what they have instead of news. All the major news outlets have reduced or even eliminated their investigative reporting. It's expensive and there's no money in in. Not only that, it can annoy advertisers and they don't want to do that.
Right now news organizations are coasting along on reputation. There are enough people who still think they are a solid source of news, so they tune in to be informed. It's like going to a dry well and never noticing the bucket keeps coming up empty.
If the United States was a functioning democracy it would be a problem. A democracy needs educated and well informed citizens to make wise decisions. Instead, the corporate masters make all the major decisions, so the citizen has little input.
The news division is just another entertainment branch of the network. They treat it that way with celebrity “newscasters” and infotainment.
Once in a while something so big happens that it can't be ignored. It's pretty funny to watch entertainers pretend to be actual news people. They lack the tools for the job.
It's a sad thing when a news story gets more professional coverage from Russia Today or Al Jazeera.