The Boob Tube #19: The News
I remember hating the news when I was a kid - it was so boring. But at least you only had to suffer through it for thirty minutes each night. Thank God, there wasn't 24 hour news networks back then. Ted Turner really unleashed a gargantuan piece of crap when he brought about CNN. It's been downhill ever since. Here's a few observations about the change:
There was nothing flashy about it.
There were no obnoxious computer graphics or annoying ticker scrolling along the bottom. It seems like every show on FOX News is heralded by a fanfare greater than the 1812 Overture before and after every commercial break!
It wasn't retarded.
I recently turned on CNN and caught Larry King riding in a convertable with Snoop Dogg. Somewhere between the Lindsay Lohan stories and speculations about who will be the next American Idol judge, they manage to slip in a poorly researched bit of news.
There were no talking douche bags
It basically started with the OJ Simpson case in 1994 and the talking heads are still with us! Here's your two options as a news network: (A) real journalism, which requires lots of time and research or (B) get a 3 or 4 attention whores to bitch for an hour. Sadly, the cable news networks have unanimously chosen B.
Feel free to chime in with your own rants. I'm sure there's plenty more to complain about, or (gasp!) contradict.