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Wanting real news, not interpretations

Public Places (away for a few days)Making something out of nothing.

Making a mountain out of a molehill.

Make of it what you will.

These expressions deliver a clear message: Any thing can be made into some thing.

Last month we were glued to the TV for the Olympics. We recorded them so we could start them after we enjoyed our gardens and without commercials—although we watched quite a few commercials since many were done well and related to the games.

I noticed the uniforms. I noticed the U.S. newscasters focus on one member of a team more than any other. The close-ups of one girl crying dominated air time. I felt sorry for you, Jordyn, but even sorrier that the camera would not allow you privacy!

There was chatter about Gabby’s hair, her race and her faith. One morning I caught a snippet on the radio about how Gabby Douglas’s uniforms had not been patriotic enough. What?! Later I saw how the original FOX newscast did not really target Gabby although she was front-and-center as one of our greatest champions (one of the greatest Olympians ever!) in her electric pink leotard. And that is when the thoughts that started this blog came to me.

What is it about our current public/civic dialogue that invites those who know how to make something out of nothing to step forward and provide made-up things to get angry about? Aren’t we facing enough real challenges as a nation? Do we really have to make up problems?

Rather than report the news, media have become the interpreters. They tell us what is happening and what we should care about, according to them. News channels’ talking heads tell us what we should think!? I am just not comfortable with that! I want real news. I have a brain; I can think for myself. How about you?

Inez Torres Davis is director for justice.

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Syd says:
Sep 06, 2012

I’ve often thought folks should have more to do than be so critical of something that really says nothing! What a suck of my energy to listen. It must really be a pull on the energy of the person newscasts target! Left alone one can only imagine the greatness that might happen without being surrounded by negativity!

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katharine j fields says:
Sep 06, 2012

Inez Torres Davis———-Thank you so much for this article. I agree with you 100 percent. Times when I thought I was listening to the news,, I have double checked my TV channel to see If I was really listening to the news or inside edition or what ever. Plus , it is top in the news for evety broadcast , like you said for day—– I am insulted, as I am sure millions of other people , that I supposidly am stupid. I even try to listen to different type broadcasts –most are the same. Thank you again for your excellent article. walk in peace katie

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Cecil Maureen Johnson says:
Sep 07, 2012

Thank you, Inez. I find the news now resembles the editorial
pages of newspapers Most of it is negative.
Syd, you are right – how great if there were more positive takes
on stories! Why is negativity popular?
I watched the Olympics, looking for international participants.
Seeing the woman from Papua New Guinea win her heat in
the100 m. dash with good comments from the announcer
was appreciated by me. As a global citizen, I like to see all
of the countries compete – it was also a good Olympics for
women participants.

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