Saturday, 6 April 2013

News is Not News

This week....MSNBC came out with a segment and brought in this five-year old kid for an interview. Usually....most Americans don't care what a four-year old says....except it's always cute.  The chief question....came down to gay marriage, and if the four-year old would support it.  I watched a part of the interview.  It's almost comical because you can see that the kid was "trained".  The journalist?  That's the mom of the kid.

It's like you go to your twelve-year old kid and ask if Mom's apple pie is good, and the kid will grin and say yes because they mostly don't want to upset Mom that it's really about the same as store-bought apple pie.

Respect from viewers over the use of your own kid for such an interview?  It's hard to say if MSNBC viewers even noticed that the kid was four, or was the kid of the actual journalist.

This all brings me around to the topic of what is or isn't news anymore.

We are at a production stage where you just need to produce something, and call it news.  It could be true, mostly true, partially true, barely true, or fake bogus news.  Southpark did an episode like this....where the kids get to a point where they realize folks are tired of the regular true news, and then start to drift off into half-true or mostly false news.

Personal opinion questions from a young kid?  Do you like bran muffins or blueberry muffins?  Is Barney fake?  Which is better, the Jetsons or Fred Flintstone?  Are fish sticks five star?

After a while, you just shake your head and wonder if something terrible has happened to American society, and we are generating fourteen thousand hours a week of international, national, state, and local news for consumption?  Are you getting anything of value out of 60 Minutes anymore?  When was the last time that you really thought that 60 Minutes did five-star analysis and investigation?

The bottom line?  After a while, you will eventually reach a point where thirty minutes of Mayberry antics with Barney and Floyd....are better than an hour with some MSNBC host and their segment on news.