When I was growing up, I used to watch the news every evening. My mother would come home from work, and I’d wander into her room and sit on her bed while she changed clothes and had the evening news playing. It turned into a thing — we’d watch the local and national news virtually every night, the anchors becoming our regular dates each evening. This was in the 90s, before there was such a thing as the 24 hour news cycle.
This past weekend, Joe and I were catching up on VICE, a great news magazine series that’s broadcast on HBO. We started watching the first season last year, but fell off the wagon somehow. Now, I can’t remember why. I love how VICE’s segments are produced and the topics they’re reporting on…even when they’re disturbing or difficult topics to cover.
After the show, Joe and I sat chatting about the news in general, and the reasons we never watch it. I went on a mini-rant about how what was said on another HBO show, The Newsroom, is totally true — that the press is essential to a well-informed electorate (read: democracy), and how can mainstream media not have reported on some of the things VICE has covered, etc etc etc. Joe pointed to CNN, and how after September 11th, the 24 hour news cycle just became a THING, and when the real news ran out (as it’s wont to do if you’re reporting 24/7), the filler came in, and with the filler came higher audiences, and you know the rest.
“We check the news on CNN.com,” Joe said, to which I replied, “Yes, and this past week, they literally ran a huge headline that said ‘NO NEW LEADS’ in regards to the Malaysian Airlines plane crash.” CNN, the most trusted name in news, reported that they had no new leads. This was news.
We definitely renewed our commitment to watching programming like VICE more, and decided we’d even try watching a few evening news programs, just to see the types of things they’re reporting on these days and how they approach the topics. But more than anything, I realized I missed the news of yesteryear. It made me wonder — do you guys watch the news? Where do you get your information from? Do you watch shows like VICE, or know of any other programs that are doing a great job reporting on topics that other media outlets don’t cover? This can be a touchy subject, since so many outlets these days often take on particular political slants…so let’s leave that part out (and please, be kind to one another below). What I wanna know is, are you watching or reading the news, and if so, where are your favorite places to do so?