Thursday, January 05, 2006

Happy New Year!!!!

I know a few days late and a few dollars short. I'm not going to wax poetic about my resolutions and how I'm going to make this a better year in my health, family, and such. I have already been working on those and it just feels ingenuous to "resolve" to do those things.

Anyway, I do plan on writing more here and possibly doing a podcast of some kind this year, if I can keep my computer up and running smoothly.

So I was watching the Today show this morning and I realized that I'm getting more and more disinfranchised with the way they report things, especially the interviews. It isn't just the Today show that does it, but that is where I noticed it the first time. This morning Katie Couric was interview two children of one of the miners that died in the mining accident in West Virginia this week. One of the questions she asked really put me out of sorts. Now keep in mind the two kids were in their late teens early twenties.

Katie asked, "Your father had only been working in this mine for approximately six months. Why did he feel the need to continue working in the mining industry?"

My jaw kind of dropped at that point. I'm asking myself, who in America is really asking these questions right now? Isn't it obvious that he has been working in mines all of his life, it is what he knows and does? Its like asking me "Why do you choose to work on computers?"


Which was pretty much the response from the kids, minus the duh of course as it is national television and we can't make the interviewer look bad or atleast any more bad than she is making herself look right now.

Maybe it is just me, but it feels like the media is getting worse about how they report. I realize that news is no longer just the facts. I realize that sensationalism is what gets the ratings. To a degree it isn't their fault, they are only giving us what we ask for. Maybe we should ask for more from them. I don't know, but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to take this much longer.