..Your local news opts to put a camera in the face of a crime victim and be a staple of â€œfear pornâ€ rather than ever tackle difficult segments holding the school board/city council/mayor/state legislature/governor accountable for anything.
Why can I assume without sitting down and watching a week of your local newscast that theyâ€™re more than likely gleefully doing a recap of what happened on Dancing With the Stars/American Idol/Survivor tonight? Because your local broadcast news is more than likely ratings driven. And because of the last couple of decades of ratings driven local news our Edward R. Murrows have all become Harvey Levins.
Why are Americans not even rising to the level of ill informed and topping out at totally clueless? Because as Homo sapiens, we are effectively distracted by shiny objects and Kardashians. Plus our monkey brains got a chance to evolve this long by being on hyper-alert for danger, so we eat up any story telling us about â€œthe hidden dangers lurking in our homes!â€ So of course we tune-in as told and in that way reward our local yokels for their reportage. And local yokels as Homo sapiens â€¦ also like rewards.
Itâ€™s a vicious circle.
Full article here http://www.cagle.com/2011/11/your-local-broadcast-news-is-making-us-stupid/