This is one of the many reasons why I turn the TV off.

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There are thousands of reasons to just hit the power button on the remote and the local news is one of those reasons.  I avoid it because it is boring.  The news itself is not boring, but the way the news station includes more commercials and "coming up next" clips than anything else makes it yawn-worthy (and not because it is the 11 o'clock news).  In the "coming up next" clips, the reporters tell us all of the important information.  Therefore, when the real story comes on, they just repeat the same information.  In addition, there are commercial breaks every four minutes it seems.

Another reason I do not watch the news is that it is always depressing, with some weather and sports thrown in.  During this specific broadcast, we had a few crashes, a child luring, a suicide of a college student, children that were hitchhiking away from their foster parents, a house which burnt down and other depressing stories.  I am not saying the news needs to repeat happy rainbow stories, but after watching the news, I can't help but wonder along with everyone else: "What's this world coming to?" 


A few other points:

-In regards to the CMU student suicide, the reporter said "We don't normally report on suicide..."  Actually, I think they might report on suicide more often than they want to think.  Are they trying to skirt the topic?  Or are they trying to be more sensitive towards the issue?

-Also pertaining to the suicide, the reporters interviewed students.  One student on the verge of tears was speaking when a shirtless guy lingered in the background in the shot and walked back and forth.  It could have been avoided by choosing a better location.

-The news showed a house from which foster children ages 9, 7, 5, and 3 escaped.  Showing the house and only the house was fine.  However, later in the story, they showed that the house was on a busier road.  Immediately, I recognized the house and realized I have driven by there on a regular basis.  By revealing the location, I now will have a different opinion of the house.  It has to be a bad place, right?  Since four young children climbed over the fence and hitchhiked to get away from it.  Was it really necessary to show location?

-Finally, the way news reporters speak bothers me.  They tilt their heads side to side as they speak and raise their eyebrows several times.  It is very distracting.

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