NBC anchor says request for positive stories has hit ‘incredible nerve’
Associated Press March 6, 2009 NEW YORK – Between the drumbeat of bad economic stories, two wars and a winter that won’t quit, NBC’s Brian Williams knows he’s been anchoring a depressing “Nightly News” for a depressed audience. Still, even he was shocked at the thousands of responses he has received in less than two days after asking viewers to suggest some good news to report.
What? Brian was shocked at the responses? I’m shocked that he’s shocked. I think people have wanted positive life affirming news for some time now. I know I have. I gave up on tv news years and years ago. I simply don’t find tiny snippets of negative happenings interesting. I gave up on tv news years ago and in May 2008 I pulled the plug on tv altogether. Yep, no tv programming – no cable, no satellite and no antenna. What have I missed? Nothing. Read my Life after cable: TV alternatives blog and considering going cable/satellite-free.
The way I see it, if you don’t like the content of tv news you can do one of three things:
- You can send your news suggestions to Brian Williams.
- Stop watching the news. Why watch something you don’t like?
- Stop watching tv altogether. Think of all the time you’ll reclaim.
Go ahead pick number 3! Or at least try it for a week. What could you do with that time?
Be the change you want to see in the world – Gandhi
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