Recently, as I was getting ready for work in the morning, I heard a teaser for an upcoming story on my local news channel that got me thinking; what makes for a good news story and where does it come from and can anyone just make up random stories and have them presented as news?
The teaser went like this, "Studies show that a big, heavy breakfast will keep you full longer than a small, light one." Really? Studies show? Hey, I could ask this question of anyone on the street and come up with the exact same answer. This is not news. Neither is the worst car crash of the evening. This is something that has always bothered me. News outlets choose the saddest, lowest, worst stories to report on and feed it into our homes at every broadcast. No wonder the state of the world is so depressing; no one ever hears GOOD news anymore. Just once, wouldn't you like to turn on your television and not hear a report on how someone killed their wife, or police officers arrested so-an-so, or police overnight are investigating a car crash involving... Give me something to look forward to in the mornings and evenings and not something to dread. It has gotten to where I don't even want to watch anymore and often times will watch something else, switch over for the weather, then change the channel again.
Sure, you get the heart-warming or light-hearted story from time to time, but next time you watch your local broadcast, count the positive uplifting stories and the depressing downtrodden stories and see which are reported on more often.
So, for big television news outlets out there; keep the news real and relevant and make it worth wanting to watch and for goodness sake, stop depressing everyone.
Agree? Disagree? Have a good made-up story of your own like, "higher temperatures keep you warmer"? Drop it in the comments below. I'm sure someone could always use a good laugh.