As any responsible journalist does, I try to stay informed about current news happenings.
I have breaking news updates on my phone, I subscribe to the Oklahoman and USA Today and I watch the local news.
However, watching these news broadcasts has become increasingly more frustrating.
I understand the need these stations have to acquire and hold on to a segment of the population. I understand that they want you, the viewer, to feel as though you really know and connect with your local news anchors. I even understand why every station feels they need to have an Ogle brother to complete their broadcast team. What I don’t understand is why they feel the need to tell me how I should feel about the news.
Why they feel the need to undermine the credibility and integrity of the information they are providing or make a joke of the news by interjecting their own opinions and feelings about the news into the stories.
I consider myself to be a pretty smart guy and capable of evaluating the news on my own. I don’t need them to do it for me.
We live in a society where anything we want to know is available at the tip of your fingers or the end of a few keystrokes. So why do we encourage our news providers to spoon-feed us the news? Are we not each capable of determining what our own emotional, physical or ideological response to each story should be? Do we really need them to tell us how tragic, sad or uplifting a story is?
The main edict of the Society of Professional Journalist’s ethics code is to “seek truth and report it.” Not seek truth and report my opinion on it.
If your opinion is what you want to share with the world, write a tweet or a blog or whole boo, but don’t give it to me with my evening news.