During a committee meeting on Wednesday about television retransmission consent, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) made the following remarks:

When it comes to developing content, our entertainment machine is too often in a race to the bottom. In fact, it is in a race to the bottom. Getting close. Even worse, our news media has all but surrendered to the forces of entertainment. And much of our news media is entertainment as opposed to news. Instead of a watchdog that is a check on the excesses of government and business, we have the endless barking of a 24-hour news cycle. We have journalism that is always ravenous for the next rumor, but insufficiently hungry for the facts that can nourish something called our democracy. As citizens, we are paying one heck of a price in the dumbing down of America. You’re probably responsible for that.

I have to say that I have to agree with him.  I remember when my husband was working for UPI the joke was “if it bleeds, it leads.”  It is still true years later — all news is slanted toward sensationalism, or political rhetoric.  This is a sad state of affairs.  I would much rather watch BBC for international news (if our cable/satellite channels would carry it) and just hit WTOP for a cycle of news and the weather on the radio.

Needless to say, because of the sliding ethics of the news media, my husband left the public news business years ago.  He no longer has to write the trash that is thrown at us over and over again in 24 hour news cycles …. but, he usually has a lot to say about what he is presented every morning as news (c:

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