The “Front Page” News
“We sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.” Howard Beale – Network (1976)
The news, for some time has been credited with educating the people to events and topics they possibly haven’t heard of. There are countless outlets to get some of this information from; some of the popular newspaper examples being the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. News stations like NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC and PBS also fill in the modern audiences who prefer television. Even political channels MSNBC, Fox News, Breitbart, However, the news has seen better days in the eyes of the public. A US President bringing the idea of fake news to the forefront of public opinions seems to be gaining a lot of sympathy. Students around the campus have expressed disinterest in many of the topics discussed within some of the more mainstream outlets.
To properly gain some insight on the opinions of the student body, the Viking News stopped some students on their way to class, home etc and asked for their time. Student Juan Villegas (20), has said, “Nowadays when you watch the news there’s always a sad or bad story being covered. Not often do you anything positive from CBS, Fox or even CNN. It’s all about ratings and entertainment.” Other students have cited similar reasonings, from separate news sources all over campus. “I don’t want to hear about a deadly mugging everytime I switch on NBC. I hate watching commercials that ask for you to tune in to find out what happened,” Sophomore student Brayan Toribulo (19) says about the mainstream channels. “Even NY Times and Politico like to get over dramatic with a wicked homicide or the worst double mugging in Westchester ever seen. I just want the news and the news shouldn’t always be about the bad.” Some people avoid the news all together, “Yeah I don’t watch the news anymore. It’s too political and I feel like I don’t need that right now,” says Tyler Grate (20) who was once a monthly subscriber to the NY Post and Wall Street Journal.
Many newspapers love to have rich and juicy stories covering their front pages, the main stories covered this week were a mixed bag but a majority highlighted a more negative aspect of US journalism. The NY Times, NY and Washington Post’s had a string of consistent articles about Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby’s trial, Tesla’s shares of stock tanking again etc. Not the most bright news stories but one’s they believe the public should be involved in. Local news channels as well put forth Kavanaugh, homicide, suicide, leaking water pipes, missing children and kangaroos (yes you read that right). It seems as though the news is set on a certain route the public doesn’t want, not everyone agrees depending on the people asked. However a majority stated clearly their trust in the news was broken already. If the news doesn’t find some kind of reform soon, many people might not be interested in what it should teach and ignorance is a far worse road to go down.