We all know it...the times right now are challenging. Apparently the media doesn't get it, though. For some reason they've collectively decided that sensationalizing bad news, or taking something that isn't bad news and soundbiting it to make it sound bad, must be good for their business! They want ratings; they want viewers; that's understandable. Their sponsors want those viewers so they can sell their products. But if viewers are bombarded with signs that their money is disappearing right from between their fingers, how much are they likely going to spend on those sponsors' products? What am I missing here?
And as if that's not enough, they seem intent upon bolstering suspicions of scandal in government ... and when they don't find a scandal, the invent the possibility of one. So we believe our economy is in the toilet; we're suspect of all the folks trying to get us out of this mess, we're inundated with stories of the worst of the worst (over and over again) and we're trying to make sense of it all. The media claims they're just "reporting" the news. That train has long since left the station! Instead of unbiased information, we're getting very biased "infotainment"...just enough fact that we "think" we should believe it, but so jaded and biased and slanted as to have lost nearly all semblance of truth. And this is the "news" we're supposed to be basing our informed judgements on?
It seems we're in the midst of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. The question is whether it's to be one of growth, of hope, of recovery .... or the one the media is defiantly choking us with; one of fear, of loss, of despair! Maybe if we stop buying what they're pedaling we might actually find our way out of this into a better, brighter 2009! News is important, to be sure ... but only if it's credible. And who's giving us that?