Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Real Summer Ratings Grabber for Fox News: The Car Chase.

I knew that Summer had started when I had the misadventure of travelling away from Los Angeles on Interstate 10 and sirens and flashing blue lights forced me over a lane.  Traffic came to a dead stop as up to five police cars slowly followed a small pick-up truck.  Behind the wheel was a young man apparently enjoying the commotion he was creating.

For most Southern Californians, Summer officially begins when Fox Nightly News and all the other local channels open with a “Car Chase in Progress.”  Regardless of what is happening in the rest of the world, their Newscasters excitedly interrupt  to bring viewers mindless babble disguised as “Breaking News.”  

I often wonder how the media becomes involved so quickly.  In one chase, the police shot the driver to death - on live television.  The media showed it in real time, but offered no apologies for broadcasting the graphic scene.  Admittedly, I am a news junkie, but I have my limits.

In my opinion, Law Enforcement should quietly carry out their duties without TV News Reporters adding to the excitement.  When Fox Nightly News becomes serious about the content and value of its news, Car Chase phenomena as a Spectator Sport will lose its entertainment value.

© 2010 Mouth Wired Shut

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