The News

When CNN first came upon the scene in the 1980s, the concept of a 24 hour news station seemed incredible. Before then, the news was something you watched at six or eleven on a major news station, something to kill the time before and after Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Different Strokes, and the Dukes of Hazzard. I was in junior high school when I first started paying attention to the news and I was fascinated, if uninformed all all the major events. Global politics, the cold war, the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, and runaway inflation were all brought to me in stories from the Cable News Network. The concept of 24 hour news ultimately was a success and thirty some odd years later CNN has become solidified in the culteral landscape.

Fast forward to 2012 and I now have access to CNN from the web. You would think I’d be happy but in fact I’m rather irritated. I don’t know if it’s due to competition with programs like TMZ but for whatever reason I’m detecting more fluff in the news now than ever before. Simply put, I don’t care who Justin Bieber may have punched, who Tom Cruise is splitting up with (yeah I ended with a preposition, deal with it), what John Travolta said to whom, what Oprah may have said to offend which subcontinent, or what Lady Gaga is or isn’t packing in her unmentionables. I DO, however, care about what is going on in Syria, what the Presidential candidates actually stand for, who’s actually dumb enough to shoot Sikh when they really meant to kill Muslims (D’OH!), and what is happening with the US economy. If I had my druthers, I would that CNN stick to serious news so that I could read up about significant events when I’m on the site. I am perfectly capable of looking for social inanity if I so desire. Reading the news is cheerius bidness and I would like my news outlets to reflect that.

Now if you will excuse me I have to read about Miley Cyrus’ dog pooping diamonds.

2 Responses to “The News”

  1. Phelps says:

    I dunno, I’m coming around to the idea that the guy actually meant to shoot Sikhs. They hate tyranny, and they claim (justifiably) to be Aryan. That is probably enough to set any skinhead off. After all, the Muslims were generally Nazi allies. The Sikhs were not.

  2. SM says:

    So, I googled Cheri Hornung and ended up here. I’ve found her on facebook…in case you want to know. 🙂

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