The News and I are Friends
When I think about the relationship between me and the news, I think that it is neither spectacular nor unfortunate. I am certainly someone who does not love watching the news. The first headlines are normally depressing; filled with grief and sadness or misfortune. Story after story becomes frightening to watch. I know that the news that sells most is the bad news but that bad news can sometimes freak me out into thinking that the world is just an awful place nowadays.
On the other hand, I do like to know what is going on in the world, besides the rape and murder. I want to know the other news, the good things, events, or surprises that are taking place. Anytime I wouldn't want to watch the news my mom would try to convince me saying, "But you have to know what's going on in the world." I guess that's true. Sometimes I even feel proud of myself for knowing about current events from watching the news.
This is not a "love/hate" relationship because I do not love or hate the news. I am in between with my thoughts. Yes, I think the news anchors manipulate viewers into thinking that an event is worse than it really is. However, I also think that this is necessary for people to pay attention to what is going on. I don't think there could be another way in doing this. I respect the broadcasters for providing us viewers with any information necessary for a story; even if it isn't always all of the facts. But when do we get all of the facts anyway? It is hard for me to believe that people actually think the broadcasters all of a sudden have all of the information needed to tell a story. When I look at September 11th, I think about the months and even years it took to get the "in's" and "out's" of the event.
Everyone could be a friend of the news if they only had an open mind about it. I accept the news for its flaws and good qualities. I only need to remember that the real story, in some cases, is just harder to find. At least the news informs me that the story is out there.