I picked up a newspaper at the car wash the other day. The pages were filled with news bytes on everything known to man. I didn’t see Dear Abby, but I bet she was there in a section I couldn’t find. The last time I read real news was years ago in Washington DC. The Washington Post is a real newspaper. Ours was fading away fast into a conservative, right wing, Christian focused rag that through cost cutting lost all the good stuff I liked.
I confess that I was reduced to watching news on TV. It was ok when you could watch the traffic on the LA Channel 5. Cox cable stopped carrying 5. No more good car chases, no more really juicy politics, and no more live Rose Parade. Bottom line, no more full and balanced news either.
Now I see television news is losing ground to Internet news. My local channels give us Weather and Traffic every ten minutes. Every few minutes there’s a commercial too. On top of it all, they are playing musical chairs with their anchors. I liked my Channel 7 weather man. He must have had an iron-clad contract for he is still at the station….reduced to doing morning traffic. My favorite retired Highway Patrol, chopper, traffic man moved from 10 to 9 and now to 8. The nice lady channel 8 evening news person vanished, reappeared on 5, then vanished again. All the channel 10 talking heads stand now to deliver the news.
I’m distracted by the lack of real news, even at night on the three major networks, they all say the same thing over and over again. Newspapers online charge money to read. So far the BBC is free, which is nice. As the BBC doesn’t give me my local news, I’m bereft.