Time to Break the 24 Hour News Cycle?

April 10, 2012

In light of the way the media is (mis-)handling the Trayvon Martin case, where a self-proclaimed innocent man probably wishes he had been immediately arrested, rather than face the death-by-a-thousand-cuts of a slow burn media scandal…

And considering how institutions as honorable as the Washington Post and the federal Court of Appeals can be warped by partisan debate about health care reform (no, Judge Smith, the title of the law you’re debating is not “Obamacare”)…

…and how regular people all around me talk about how they don’t immediately believe something when it appears in the “news”…

I wonder if the tabloidization of the mainstream media hasn’t taken us so far astray that regular people wouldn’t prefer a small dose of rational, non-argumentative information. Perhaps news organizations could separate a chunk of their coverage (say, a sidebar on their website) for basic, informative, Kardashian-free news. And not just Fox News’ amalgamation of news and commentary. Actually separate the two, like church and state, and make it clear that you’re not trying to be “fair and balanced” when the juxaposition of the two means that you’re neither.

Incidentally, in formulating this post I did a little Googling and discovered that the domain “truechannel.com” forwards to Home Depot’s website. Because when you’re looking for truth in media, where else would you go but a big box home improvement store?