April 23, 2007

Advice to the Television Media

Even I, who lives under a rock, cannot escape the strains of the news media. The television news media.

My husband is, unfortunately, something of a news wonk. He watches FOX at night, which means as much as I try to tune it out, I still hear it. I prefer to receive my news from the local paper and the internet. It is not that I feel it is better... but I have control then. Its not audio AND visual... sometimes thats too much for me. It stresses me out.

So. These are two thoughts I have for the television news media.

Leave the students at Virginia Tech alone. Go the hell home and leave them alone. There is no doubt in my mind that they are SICK of you, because I'm sick of you and I'm not living that gut wrenching horrific tragedy.

So pack up, go home, quit following the students and faculty, stay off their campus, and go do your own thing. Far far away from the State of Viriginia.

Second... I'm really frickin' sick of hearing Alec Baldwin's voice. REALLY sick. And I want to know who the bad guys are in this really. Other than Mr. Baldwin, who we all knew has 'anger management issues'.

Who leaked this tape for everyone to hear? His ex-wife? Because honestly, if it were not humiliating enough for his daughter to receive such a message, having it played on every newscast, every day, hour upon hour, has got to be even more humiliating as now all her friends have heard it, all her teachers, everyone she sees in public, everyone... about 10 times or more. I think we have it all memorized by now. This is what they associate with her as well as... him. So really, I think that the ex-wife and her atty are dirtbags too and I suspect quietly giving the recording to the family judge would have been perfectly sufficient.

But really. The biggest bad guy again is... The Television New Media! Bing Bing Bing! Leave them alone. Let the courts do their job. Go away, quit playing the recording. We've heard it. We're done with it. And if anyone in the television news media said you had this little girl's best interest in mind, I'd spit in your face. By playing this over and over and over... you have damaged her, probably far more than her father has and will.

But hey. Who really cares about the students at Viriginia Tech and a little girl in California? It's all about the ratings... right?

Now excuse me while I buy ear plugs...

Posted by Boudicca at April 23, 2007 06:28 AM | TrackBack

Yes Bou, it IS about the ratings. It IS a business after all.

We bitch about endless coverage of the stories you mention, and worse, Anna Nicole Smith. But watch every minute and read every story about them.

But when they run "boring but important" stories about the economy and foreign policy, we stay away in droves.

You want those sensational stories to go away? Change channels and stay off the websites that cover them. Trust me, they'll get the message when enough folks "vote" your way.

Posted by: George at April 23, 2007 06:41 AM

Aside from being extremely well-said and sadly true (about the ratings thing), AND on some national turn-off-your-boob-tube holiday, you also reminded me why I *only* have basic network television, and why I flip it on no more than twice a week, for the Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, and Britcoms.

Television really is the pits, between 24 hour news networks and reality shows...this is what the American television viewing public wants? To squeeze as much blood out of the stone that is Virginia Tech as is humanly possible? It's pathetic.

I, for one, am longing for the days of M*A*S*H* & Taxi.

Posted by: Erica at April 23, 2007 07:12 AM

Actually George, I do stay away. I have not read the cover of one PBPost with that whack from Va Tech on it. I skip it. It's sensationalization and it makes me sick. I have read what I need to know and read no more, not on line nor in print. I am now making my husband change the channel when I have to hear that drivel from the recording and when the horror in Va comes on. I don't need to hear how awful or read how awful it is for those families, students and faculty. I'm humane enough to know... so I just pray for them.

Erica- Me too. MASH and Taxi, I watched all of them.

Posted by: Bou at April 23, 2007 08:41 AM

what george said... sigh.

Posted by: vw bug at April 23, 2007 09:31 AM

"But watch every minute and read every story about them."

Not me - I haven't watched any of that garbage... not even the Anna Nicole stuff. I'm lucky in that my husband doesn't turn it on and I simply won't. I won't feed into that ratings hype.

The 24/7 news ends up creating more fiction than every fiction writer currently plying their craft. When they have nothing to say (which is most of the time) they make stuff up. Then within a few hours - the made up bits become "fact".

I see no need to listen to really badly made up stories by people educated in journalism school. I'll stick with authors who have put more time into the craft of make believe.

Posted by: Teresa at April 23, 2007 02:11 PM

Like Erica, we have nothing but broadcast tv. It sure has been a relief during this VT tragedy. I go to the 'net to get what news I want, when I want it, and how long I want it. I still haven't seen any video clips of VT students OR the Alec Baldwin fiasco...thank God. I'd hate to have any of that crap running around my brain.

Posted by: Mrs. Who at April 23, 2007 07:03 PM

sensationalism sells..no doubt. But I also figure that any sensational news will keept them from having to admit that their socialist friends who now run congress are stuck doing nothing..except trying to raise taxes and cut and run from Iraq..but only cut and run after they packed the bill with enough pork to feed New Orleans for a decade.

Posted by: GUYK at April 23, 2007 07:41 PM

I agree with every word.

And I applaud you for recognizing that there are two knobs on your TV set. One changes the channel, and the other turns the thing off.

So many people don't EVER figure that out...

Posted by: Roses at April 23, 2007 09:21 PM