What is your honest opinion of the news and how it is shared right now? Are we being informed or fed Pablum designed to keep us uninformed and in the dark?
When I moved to Utah 15 years ago, I spent the days glued to the TV, watching the news. I didn’t paid attention to the headlines per se. I mostly kept it on as white noise in the background. It was also the analog days where we only got about 10 channels (sometimes less) over the antenna. So, it wasn’t like there was much to watch. The only segments I was interested in were the cooking segment and segment where the person introduced a fun spot to visit in the state.
In the recent years, however, I have paid less and less attention to the news. In 2020, I completely stopped watching the news. The pandemic and experiencing the earthquake made me feel like the world was crumbling around me. I remember asking myself, “Am I going to survive this apocalypse?”
I’ve only just recently begun watching the news again and only about the weather. I still try to avoid watching the headlines because one, it makes me anxious, and two, I have no interest of hearing any commentaries mom has to offer about the topics. The other night, as I was playing on my phone, waiting for the weather to come on, mom shouted, “This is so liberal!”
“Huh?” Immediately, I looked up but I was too late, the headline had disappeared from the screen. Mom walked away, muttering about the news network becoming left or toward liberalism.
Inside, I wondered, how could she tell what’s left and what’s right? I certainly couldn’t. News is news, isn’t it? Whether it’s the leftist’s view or the right. Whether we’re being told one side of the story or the other, and whether or not we’re getting the whole truth. News is just the history book, isn’t it? It’s only told from the POV that matters, which is the hero because let’s face it, no one wants to hear the villain’s POV.