Do you watch the evening news?
Where I am staying, it's a ritual. The little old ladies are glued from 5 pm until they watch Wheel and Jeopardy. Then they go to bed.
How many people still partake in this evening ritual?
I think the news is bought and paid for by special interests, that it is reporting on freak things with high intensity to scare the shit out of old ladies and filled with big pharma commercials for products that we probably don't need.
It makes me curious if this is something that will die away now that those viewers are getting older.
It seems like I am witnessing something going extinct.
I'm one of the older little old ladies and I watch the news almost every day.I do it on my Roku so I watch it whenever the spirit moves me and I feel I have time. I also watch more than one source. Typically I check out Reuters, NPR, and CBS. The Roku box allows me to pick and choose which segments of these sources I spend my time on.
Yeah, I'm not with watching news these days. The mainstream media is complicit for the sorry state of our country today. They have not asked the questions that needed to be asked and seem to be more entertainment, than news gathering and investigative reporting.
If you're intelligent you can watch (or read) the news and apply your own filters. On the other hand, you can avoid it entirely, avoid the risk of being mislead or brainwashed and remain completely ignorant. The problem with ignorance is that the possessor is usually unaware of it, fills the vacuum with their own imagination and thinks they have some kind of wisdom.
Used to be in that "ritual," Jeopardy, Wheel, and all. That all stopped mid-July of last year. Anyway, I don't miss it, and will likely never go back. Mainstream news has just gotten too fluffy, Hollywoody, or whatever; the so-called reporters are just readers, and they're all pseudocelebrities.
I am still an unapologetic fan of the CBS evening news. ABC, NBC, CBS still deliver the most balanced, least sensational news.
MSNBC and FOX have an "angle", CNN has way too many talking heads. When it is an anchor asking questions, CNN isn't too bad, but they have a very narrow focus.
The Big 3 are actually covering multiple topics.
I still think newspapers are the best bet for unbiased, fully vetted information. Speaking of dying.
DISCLOSURE: Degree in journalism, former newspaper reporter.
I never watch local evening news. I get most of my news from online sources. NPR, CNN, BBC, Guardian Australia, NYT, The Hill, Washington Post. I like to vary my sources to hear different views. The ONLY tv news I watch is The Rachel Maddow Show because she sticks to the facts, has no talking head panels (I hate those), and always apologizes if she gets anything wrong. She is a true journalist.
No ....the so called evening news is shrinking to niche levels similar to cable & satellite channels and sponsors pay to reach assumed niche demographics. ....as long as local colleges teach "journalism" fake news will be made by interns and network wannabes. ...if it bleeds it leads. ...always someone is shooting stabbing drugging raping or crashing a car or plane somewhere. ...