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I Didn’t Vote for Miss Cleo. Did You?

News MediaLet me just put this out there right at the start of this post… I am a news junkie. I am seriously hooked on the news and not just in the moments of crisis (e.g., Ukraine), but all the durn time.

CNN makes a regular appearance on my television throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll venture to other news stations and the local news channels to see what they’re talking about, but I usually don’t stay very long. I especially like to hear the international perspective, so I tune in to CNN International as well.

Side Note: I remember a trip that I took to Amsterdam, probably close to 10 years ago, and turned the TV to CNN — expecting to find something familiar. It was like a whole new world opened to me when I realized that CNN was totally different abroad.

Okay, so back to me being a news junkie…

I know that too much of anything is not good for you. I know that watching the news too much is not healthy for your mind, but is it me or has the news become more entertaining? Newsertainment, right? I find myself talking back to the radio while I’m driving. Oh, did I mention that I listen to CNN radio in my car?

Sometimes I wonder, where do they find these commentators? They say some of the most vexing things. Of course I have to remind myself daily that the reason they say such provocative things is so that they keep their jobs. Good television needs drama. And most of us like a little drama in our lives.

Oh, we don’t want to live the drama. We declare ourselves drama-free in our own lives, but life without a little spice is like eating rice cakes all day — bland and dull! So, bring on the TV drama, right? A little reality TV, a little Scandal, and did you hear 24 is coming back?!

So, I like to mix it up with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Roland Martin, just to name a few. Then the other day I realized that Wolf’s voice makes me anxious. Just hearing his voice makes my heart beat faster and not in an ooo la la way, but in a nervous kinda way. Everything he says about this Ukraine crisis makes me feel like something is about to jump off at any minute now. Is it just me?

And, why, please tell me, why is every little thing breaking news?

Uh, this just in… Vladimir Putin doesn’t give a crap about what we say or do.

Every time I hear “Breaking New” or “This just in,” I’m like Pavlov’s dogs and I’m salivating, my ears at full attention.

This bring me to the point I wanted to write about in the first place. Why are the news anchors and their guest commentators so up in arms about intelligence failures by President Obama and the intelligence community? If I hear one more person mention how we should have seen this coming… Really? Because I didn’t vote for Miss Cleo, did you? Among the list of qualities I was voting for in a President, clairvoyance wasn’t one of them.

Just a few months ago the news media’s criticism was that the intelligence community was crossing the line — violating the rights of our partners abroad, tapping Angela Merkel’s cell phone and such. I’m not saying it was right or wrong, but the same people who were spinning up the drama around that are now the same people today criticizing our intelligence, or lack thereof.

Maybe if all the NSA’s business wasn’t put on front street… and maybe if the news media didn’t make such a big hullabaloo out of it, then maybe, just maybe, we would’ve been privy to one of those calls between Putin and Merkel and we could have seen this Ukraine crisis coming. #ijs

So, the news media are doing what they do best: spinning the tale, creating the drama, and getting me to tune in every durn day. That is all. You know where to find me. 🙂


Written by Shara

March 6, 2014 at 10:29 pm

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  1. Without sounding like a total crank . . . :), I believe what we focus on grows. And I don’t watch many news channels because they focus on the doom & gloom–the drama–rather than the solution and the equal, if not more, good that happens each day. It seems our media is morbidly obsessed with the macabre.


    April 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    • So true! It’s like coffee. I know it’s not good for me in large doses, but it’s hard to give it up. I’ve been trying to balance more lately and only listen to news updates in the car when I’m going to pick up my kids. Once they get in the car, then I change the channel to a kid-friendly station. As a result, I’m stuck singing the theme songs from The Lego Movie and Frozen all day– but at least I’m in a much better mood. Lol!


      April 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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