True Review
Current Issue Number 93 Vol.27 August 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
When I stopped watching TV, and why

The last good year on television was 1978.

From 1974-1978, I followed Lee Majors as Col. Steve Austin, astronaut, a man barely alive, when he was rebuilt as “The Six-Million Dollar Man.”

If my memory serves me correctly, the show was on ABC every Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The show went off the air in 1978, the last year I watched television.

There was some interest when “Star Trek: The Next Generation” debuted in 1987, on a Monday, on Fox.

I watched all the series, through “Star Trek: Enterprise” in May 2005.

As for other television? The end came for me very early regarding TV news.

This is what I think of TV news: superficial journalism at its best, filled with lopsided, editorialized reporting (the talking heads sit there and say, “Gee, Jack, what do you think will happen now?” And the morons answer, “I really believe, Pat, that they are going to sign the papers and cart the person off to jail tomorrow, I really do. He should go. He can’t be trusted.”). Hearsay and rumors are pumped up as “facts”: sloppy reporting and lack of proper attribution and verification; emphasis on pretty talking heads rather than serious journalism.
Here are the top 10 reasons why I dislike TV news:

  1. No segues that make any sense. Murder reports beget attendance at fun parks and fraud and other crimes morph into rewarding volunteer efforts.

  2. Reporting attitudes that indicate we were born yesterday, as if EVERYTHING THE TV CREW REPORTS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

  3. Everything reported is only from them, because they have the EXCLUSIVE. Because they are special and WORK REAL HARD to bring YOU (nobody else) the NEWS.

  4. I always laugh when I see anchors spend 10 seconds reading major headlines with extraordinarily shallow details but then 15 minutes on discussion about the weather, with exacting and tedious details about high and low pressure systems, the jet stream and global warming diatribes, Doppler radar readings, barometric pressures, pollen counts and new orbital imaging arrays. Who gives a crap? Just tell me if it’s sunny or rainy during your lame forecasts, people!

  5. No sense of depth or balance or history about a story with limited verification of anything.

  6. Preoccupation with the immediate “now” that is TV. They bring the news NOW. NOW on TV is all that matters.

  7. Overtly provocative dress and beauty queens acting like responsible journalists.

  8. Way too much content marketing about how its better to have the new news at 10 rather than old news at 11. Does anybody really care?

  9. Fifteen trucks and 40 reporters covering a firework’s display.

No. 1: Illiteracy. When the TV show people misuse the English language at every opportunity, by saying “over 100 people attended” and food manufacturers “like” Heinz and Kellogg’s, when the correct wording should be “more than” and “such as.” Or when they say “currently is.” (How about currently was? Or yesterday is?) I cringe at the abuse the English language takes at the hands of these teleprompter-reading numbskulls.
I am, and always have been, tuned out of the TV “show” that stations call journalism. It’s just a song and dance, with a lot more words. And the song doesn’t play and none of these clowns can dance.

Andrew M. Andrews

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