I miss the news. No, I don’t mean the modified versions put out by Fox and MSNBC, or the affection for sensationalism displayed by CNN. I mean the non-biased serving up of the news on a day in and day out basis once provided by the three major broadcast networks.
In a time of so many channels, with all news all the time available on some of them, thirsting for the real news is like being stranded in the ocean without any fresh water to drink. I like the format of some Fox shows and am a devoted fan of Hardball with Chris Matthews. But I need to keep on subtracting or adding to the presentation in order to get the neutrality I desire.
And then there’s CNN. It spent so much time on the disappearance of that poor Malaysian airplane, and then later on the Ebola “epidemic,” that one wondered if there was anything else happening in the world.
The closest thing left to real news can be found on the radio at WCBS 880 AM. It’s ironic that in an era of cable news and the Internet, one must flee to radio to get a truly neutral take on the day’s events. But unless I’m in my car, I must still hop between CNN, MSNBC and yes, even FOX, every evening to understand what really happened today.