News – is it worth watching?

I know a lot of people who are news junkies and watch the news on TV, read it on-line, and pore over newspapers because they “have to know what’s going on”.  While I applaud their dedication, I wonder if perhaps it is somewhat misguided.

I have noticed that whenever I see or read a news bit on a topic about which I am familiar, the errors and omissions are glaring and irritating.  It seems to be that about 20% of the coverage I see is correct.  That means a whopping 80% of the time, they are wrong, wrong, wrong – frequently to the point where if that was your only source of information on the subject, you would be better off not reading/seeing it at all.

Now, I’m not deluding myself that I know everything about everything.  There are many things about which I am ignorant.  However, given the news media’s track record on small amount of things I DO know about, it’s logical to assume a similar accuracy level for things I DON’T know about.

Ergo – I watcheth not.


3 comments on “News – is it worth watching?

  1. I watch anything “NEWS” related and take it with a grain of salt. I am in the group that that thinks people need to learn to utilize their ability to research things on their own.

    P.S. I watch actual T.V. maybe once a month……..?

    • You are quite right – I think too many times, people don’t bother to research things on their own, and they just swallow the media’s offerings without question.

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