As a self-professed news and political junkie, I am having serious issues with getting my daily fix.
Years ago I tuned out to MSNBC and Fox News due to having to wade through both networks extreme ideological bent, which colored and camouflaged the actual news. Trying to get an objective report on the national, world and political stages was too difficult when wading through all the mire.
This left me one option – other than relying only on local news reports, which still are the most reliable on state and local issues. That option was the center left broadcast by CNN.
That choice worked well for the past eight years – until the election of the Reality Show President Donald Trump.
While it has been a ratings bonanza for CNN, the network has become the alternate programming with Reality Show News.
Even when there is real breaking news in the country or around the world, CNN remains focused on what appears its reality show script of disrupting and discrediting the President.
So what am I to do to find news – real news – not news in a reality show format?
Currently the network has tunnel vision on one issue – the wording, “wiretapped.”
With the President and Congress working on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, with a proposed presidential budget, with a confirmation hearing looming for a Supreme Court pick, with saber rattling on the Korean Peninsula – every news story comes back to the theme of the day – the President’s unsubstantiated claims that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower.
Nothing else seems to matter to CNN.
I am having to rely more and more searching through online websites to find what is actually happening in the world and even in our own country.
The chattering class are decrying the loss of real news, the reliance and acceptance of the public of “fake news.”
But who is to blame?
All three major news networks share the blame as they have moved from reporting to opinion interspersed by anchors and journalists.
As Jack Webb used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.”
Report the story without embellishment.
Give us the who, what, when, where, why and how and leave your own take behind.
From the Cornfield, are we truly in for four or eight years of a Reality Show Presidency and Reality Show News?
Forget finding Nemo, I want to find the news.