A news junkie’s lament
Okay – I’ll admit to being a news junkie. In fact, I can’t help myself from indulging in my daily dose of ‘doom-and-gloom.’
After the alarm goes off and I stumble bleary-eyed out of the bedroom, the first thing I do, even before firing up the coffee pot, is turn on the TV, which is already tuned to a 24-hour cable news show.
Glancing back over my shoulder, I hurriedly throw my cup of caffeine together and shuffle back to the TV, anxious for the breaking news I missed while I was getting my beauty sleep (which never seems to work).
Anyway, cup in hand, I plop down on the sofa, a thrill of anticipation running down my spine … just as a commercial fills the screen.
“Darn!” I mutter. (Okay, maybe I didn’t exactly say ‘darn’ – which isn’t the typical exclamation in my somewhat ‘colorful’ vocabulary.)
Okay. I hit the remote and jump to another news channel, only to find – you got it – another commercial! Up and down the channels I go trying to find some ‘darn’ news. No luck. For several minutes I’m held prisoner by a series of ads for the kind of products I don’t want to think about so early in the morning – especially before breakfast.
Finally, the ‘talking heads’ come back on, and after a minute or two of mundane prattle between the ‘8 X10 glossies’ who all look alike, by the way, I get a brief two minutes of news before they cut away for yet another commercial!
Up and down I go again – only to have the same scenario repeated, over and over.
In desperation, I settle for scanning the mini-headlines that run across the bottom of the TV screen as the talking-heads babble on. But just as I discover a real piece of news to sink my teeth into, the headlines get the ax in favor of the same erectile dysfunction product pitch shown just 15 minutes ago.
What’s a news junkie to do!
My lament is simple and to the point. I miss my daily newspaper – the way it used to be! TV news and the Internet are okay in a pinch, but they’ll never replace the sheer enjoyment, the utter satisfaction a die-hard news junkie gets while perusing a thick newspaper, digesting all the news from around the country, and around the world, and delivered by seasoned and competent journalists – even though nobody notices the bylines.
And just to think – all that wonderful and enlightening news came without those ‘darn’ commercials!
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