I blame the flat earthers, but maybe they are an easy scapegoat. Maybe it is the UFO folks, but I liked the X-Files, so I’m less inclined to blame them. Society has reached a stage where anyone can say anything and it becomes truth. How does a person separate Fake News from Fantasy or more importantly truth? As news becomes more political and websites must face left, right or die a barren death, the quest to stay educated on current events becomes a time struggle. When a news story is presented, I file it away so it can be researched to ascertain what key points were left out. Apparently innocuous stories buried many minutes into the evening news must also be investigated for real consequences. They want to make sure they mention them in case any CYA is needed down the road.
News is like pending legislation. It must be researched to determine what is in it.
Reporters appear to do little due diligence when reporting stories. I have attempted to contact some of them to ask them about pertinent questions concerning a story, but most can’t be bothered to call back. Once the story runs, it is old news and not worthy of their time. I get it, got to keep it fresh to keep the job. But how about the stations? How much misinformation is allowed before some recourse is warranted? Who is responsible? Most of us can’t afford to sue a news station and the retractions or corrections are often superficial, at best.
How about when the information presented is blatantly wrong and a simple inquiry or a little research would have made the facts clear. What should happen? The news should NOT be like the internet: You know, if you saw it on the internet, it must be true. The news should let you know what is happening, objectively.
There is much discussion about social media and other tech giants censoring individuals and/or topics. As has been discussed, this is bad policy and detrimental to society, but it is worse when the news starts to slant the truth. If they can’t be bothered to do the necessary research, at least say so.
The other problem with watching, or interpreting the news, is half truths. It may contain a few facts, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Look at inflation or employment numbers. These numbers are manipulated and exclude various components that skew their meaning. These calculations are never mentioned.
Another issue with the news is its clear avoidance of particular issues. The murder down the street should be on the news, but how about the dozen overdose deaths or abysmal ranking of the local school district? When was the last time a local news station discussed the city budget or how potholes are filled? When was the last time a local news cast had a critical assessment (not necessarily negative) about a local company or industry? It is just fluffy.
Maybe my expectations are too high, but it feels like the local news lacks substance.