Has it seemed that all you hear on the news every night is nothing but bad news?

married with children married with children
I have been watching the news for the past few weeks, something I dont do very often; and all I hear has been bad news. The whole news program seems to be aimed at scaring people. Kind of depressing I think.
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Way more bad news on the nightly news
Ansley , sarki , Ghost , Eva Schwaltz , Ms. Paprika , Humor4Fun
6  (20%)
About the same as I always remember it being
Sinfully , Lily Night , DeliciousSurprise , Noira Celestia , Taylor , DCorrelle , Alan & Michele , Errant Venture , Akira , dv8 , Sammi , ToyBoy , NawlinsDawlin , Bunnycups , The Curious Couple , Ms. Spice , Lakmé , darthkitt3n , tickle me pink , Maeby , Rossie , angel142stx
22  (73%)
other
Gallowraven , v23
2  (7%)
Total votes: 30
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06/21/2011
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Sinfully Sinfully
The news has always showed primarily BAD news over good news. Nothing new.
06/21/2011
Miss Voluptuous Miss Voluptuous
Yea... that's how the media rolls. They get you scared then tell you to buy things. I think it's been like that for a while.
06/21/2011
Ansley Ansley
Our local news starts at 4:30 AM, going off the air at 8:00 AM for the national morning news shows. Then fires back up at noon, off at noon-thirty. Then starts again at 4:oo PM until 7:00 PM (or six depending on the station), then starts again at 10/11 (depending on the station).

I've gone so far as to try to keep a list of common crimes mentioned:

- Theft
- Arson
- Murder
- Attempted Murder
- Robbery
- Armed Robbery
- Child neglect/abuse (this is quite broad, includes physical abuse, sexual abuse or leaving a child in a hot car)

And to quote one of my favorite movies: "Man I hate that show!"

It's absolutely ridiculous in our area. They sensationalize it, yes. They repeat the same story a thousand times, yes. They aren't just reporting news, they are designing news. And frankly? I blame Ted Turner.
06/21/2011
sarki sarki
It is getting worse to the point I rarely watch news now
06/21/2011
Noira Celestia Noira Celestia
I agree that the news always has generally only focused on reported the bad news, this really gets more attention from people than good news unless it's some incredible miracle or a celebrity had a baby or something.
06/21/2011
Ghost Ghost
I stopped watching the news years ago
06/21/2011
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
In the few instances that I've seen the news over the few years, it's been the same as when I was younger: Nothing but bad news and sports. That's why we tend not to watch it.
06/21/2011
Gallowraven Gallowraven
The whole reason I quit watching the news was because I saw nothing but bad news. I didn't pay attention to it when I was younger, so I don't know what all was on it. I did see a good news story once. it was something about a charity, I think.
06/21/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Quote:
Originally posted by Sinfully
The news has always showed primarily BAD news over good news. Nothing new.
Agreed with Sinfully.
06/21/2011
Sammi Sammi
It really depends on what news we watch. LA is car chases. Denver is murder, murder, murder. NY is more...odd. It hasn't really changed any in a long time.
06/22/2011
clp clp
I don't watch the news. Local news is sensationalized and networks are driven by advertisers. No thanks...
06/22/2011
ToyBoy ToyBoy
My city has one of the top 5 crime rates in the country, so news is just about always depressing.
06/22/2011
Bunnycups Bunnycups
I think it has always been that way. People only want to hear the awful things that happen, the same way people want to stop and look at a car accident.
06/22/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
it's always been like that.
06/23/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
Yes, it's very depressing.
06/23/2011
v23 v23
Quote:
Originally posted by married with children
I have been watching the news for the past few weeks, something I dont do very often; and all I hear has been bad news. The whole news program seems to be aimed at scaring people. Kind of depressing I think.
I hardly ever watch the news because of this exact reason.
06/23/2011
Ms. Paprika Ms. Paprika
Yes-lots more bad news. I have the sense that it's because crime shows are really popular, so if you want to keep an audience watching once CSI or Law and Order SVU ends, having some criminal justice related news is a logical choice.
06/23/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
I haven't watched the news in a long time, but I always remember it being 99% bad news.
06/23/2011
Rossie Rossie
There's usually more shootings and other bad things happening in the City of Portland area in Oregon. I live in the suburbs where there are less bad things going on, hope it'll remain that way!
06/26/2011
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