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Yes, if I'm aware of it. Some friends on another website mentioned about the Boston Marathon explosions yesterday, and I immediately turned on the TV.
I have a couple of big problems with news like that, or should I say that I have a problem with the way the media handles it .. and I don't think I'm the only one.
- Even when there's very little information available at the time, the media will beat a hot story to death. They'll often get experts in to "guess" at what "might" have happened. For example, the death of Anna Nicole Smith & Michael Jackson. I've actually spoken to someone who has done legal commentary on TV, and he'll tell producers that it's premature because there's nothing to go on yet, and they'll tell him to just talk about all the possibilities .. which even he felt was irresponsible.
- Sometimes the media gets so hyped up about a news store (JFK Jr.s plane, from the moment it was missing until the funerals), it will be the only thing on for days .. until the next major item.
- I don't like to use the blanket that "TV journalists are idiots", but what else can you call someone who sticks a microphone & camera in the face of someone who just lost a loved one, or has experienced some horrific tragedy, and asks, "And how do you feel about XYZ?" I'm sure it doesn't make the news, when someone tells them, "I just witnessed a mother & child hit by a drunk driver, and there are body parts all over the street .. how do YOU think I feel?!"