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:
- Attempted Murder
- 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.