Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Stupid News Stories in the United States Replacing Real News from Other Countries

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Too often, news stories from other countries are ignored in by the United State. Take this hostage situation from the Philippines where 8 people died as an example. If I remember correctly, the Philippines story had a shelf life of about 4 hours and was quickly replaced by some sort of crap about John McCain's reelection or Sarah Palin -- the political pseudo celebrities forced upon the American public by Fox News and friends. Note that I would complain about the left's pseudo celebrities too, except they're not in the spotlight as much lately. 

I think that a lot of this comes with the rise of the 24 hour news channel. Before, news stations had to cram all of their news into a 30 minute TV nightly news program, so they had to be a bit more selective and report real news. Now, it's almost the opposite effect. News stations can't afford to be selective because they have to run something, so news stations keep running stories, no matter how tiring or trite.

What do you think about the news situation inside the United States? Am I being too harsh, or am I on target?

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  1. Great! And I have to get ready for work too and this is a great topic!

    OK, it's like this: As a journalist, I know that you have to cover the most important news story as much as possible, especially if it pertains to your coverage area.

    So while the Philippines is important, which I read myself, most Americans would want to know what's happening with John McCain because one: He's a big name in politics and two: He was running in the GOP Arizona U.S. senate primary race.

    However, while I visit Japan quite often, I notice in the English newspapers and news shows (well, I can't understand what they're saying but I can see what's being covered), they give most of their national and local more coverage and spend a little time on international stories unless it's big.

    It's the nature of the journalism beast. However, we have to know what's more important. I think it's more important that Americans know what happened in the Philippines than if Kim Kardashian is really dating Justin Bieber.

    But some have called my line of thinking "old fashion." Go figure.

  2. That would be highly disturbing if Kim was dating Justin, but it sounds like something that is highly plausible. After all, she did get her start into the movie industry as a porn actress, so yeah.

    When poor girl makes a sex tape, she gets 200$ and an STD. When Kim Kardashian makes a sex tape, she gets five million Twitter followers and a reality TV show.

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