What do you look for in a News channel?
- Truth in reporting?
- Unbiased views?
- Well rounded coverage i.e. National vs. International?
- News-worthy events?
If you have found a news source with any of the above traits, please leave a comment for me. 😀
I am really disapponted in all the cable news channels in the USA.
I have been trying to see if any of them would cover the Chennai Floods that have been happening over the last four weeks…this week being the worst! Absolutely no coverage!
In anticipation of your questions:
- What is Chennai? A city, in southern India (once known as Madras) and the capital of the state of Tamilnadu. It is one of world’s largest cities. It has also become a major technology and manufacturing hub.
Image courtesy of Google Maps
- Floods? Yeah. Enough to shut down their airport.
Image courtesy of The Hindu
- People are being rescued by volunteers in boats. Supplies are also being delivered via boat.
Image courtesy of Times of India:
- People across religions are coming together to help each other. Strangers are helping people locate their families and reporting on their safety. It is so refreshing to see such selflessness.
- Celebrities are rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in rescues.
- Power lines and cell towers are affected making it hard to reach family…in some cases, even the emergency hotlines have not been functioning!
- About 200+ have died due to these floods
Note: While I was searching for images, I noticed a dinky little article on these floods by an american cable news channel..which interesting didn’t have any coverage the night I was trying to track my inlaws…hmmm! Instead, they covered the same story over and over and over again!
This situation didn’t get any coverage even though many companies have a significant number of offshore employees in Chennai. Not to forget the families of onshore employees of the Global Delivery Partners. They all resorted to Facebook messages…which actually were quite effective in reaching people who could track and report on their loved ones.
Anyway, I guess this news is not spicy or saucy enough. It won’t rile you up. It won’t make you choose Right vs. Left. It won’t provide a segue to political agendas…which end up remaining as just that…agendas…and flashy words (ugh!)…and empty promises! It won’t keep you wondering “What happened next?!”
News these days is more about what sells i.e. Ratings. The dress code for ladies has absolutely gone down the gutter. Geez, I miss the days when anchors sat behind an opaque desk. I miss the days when anchors looked respectable in a suit. I miss the days when news felt “boring” and to-the-point. Let’s not try make politicians and their wives look cool…it’s really tacky and annoying. They will do anything to win over their target demographic…ugh…wise up people!!
Disappointed, disappointed, disappointed!
PS: There is an interesting Spanish movie (with subtitles) called ” The Ultimate Dictatorship” which shows an exaggerated way in which politicians use media to promote themselves. The ending definitely gives you food for thought…should you really believe everything you see…at face value?