It was morning, and triumphant shouts of the Libyan rebels were muffled by the mediocre banter of American culture.
Facebook and Twitter were aflame with news: Tripoli had been taken back by its people, but you wouldn’t know that if you were watching mainstream news.
I turned on CNN, to see if it were true: if the rebels succeeded in igniting a new era of peace in the Middle East. This was, of course, a foolish mistake on my part. Instead, there was some weird ordeal about some gypsy harlot by the name of Kim Kardashian. Evidently, she’s marrying some muscle headed athlete I’ve never heard of.
Instead, I turn to MSNBC. But once again, I am led astray. There was only coverage of the 2012 Republican Presidential debates. I watched for a while, but soon I grew tired of watching irrelevant old men rant about issues they don’t believe in.
For a moment I consider changing the channel to Fox News, but I stopped myself and expelled that thought from my head. My mother raised me better.
Why is it that 24 hour news organizations are the least likely places to find actual news? In order to find news about one of the most profound events in history, I had to turn to the Internet, of all places!
It seems as though it’s the only news source that isn’t biased or sensationalist.
Accurate and honest news is coming from faceless Twitter accounts. Isn’t that strange?
These people are delivering real news; not because their being paid to, not because it’s at the public wants, they’re doing it because they care. It’s a sad day when bizarre, anonymous Internet people care and respected journalists do not.
This is why I can’t watch 24-hour news. Not because I lack the will to stay informed, but because I can’t bear to watch the cesspool of banal mediocrity that they so courageously call `news’.
These people aren’t journalists, they’re clowns. they sell us flashy images and excite us in such a way that we will come back for more. They’re showing us what we want to see, instead of what we deserve to see.
That means that we are part of the problem. We are the logs being thrown on the ever-growing fire called `Mainstream Journalism’.
News has become Novocain for the mind. People watch it and comfort themselves in thinking that everything is going to be okay. It isn’t.
But the mainstream media wouldn’t have you knowing that. They know the violence and the killing and all the crippling misery of the world gives their viewers headaches.
So instead, they give us the “touching” story of some dumb old woman who knits gloves for her epileptic cats. The bright and cheery blinds us.
It’s gross, it’s frightening, and I don’t like it. But it’s a problem that exists because we allow it to.