Local News

Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill once said, “All politics is local.” That is likely true, at least ultimately. Sometimes I wish the same were true about news. No offense to those in the news business, but it would be nice at times if we were not instantly informed of everything that happens in any part of the world.

When you think about it, the real effect of any incident, good or bad, is for those people directly affected by it. People doing good or bad deeds do so in a geographic location, and most people are not affected by it. Hearing about it continuously for days keeps us tense, apprehensive, and even afraid that such a thing will happen where we are. The chances of that happening are extremely remote, but we still think about it.

If we didn’t have such a huge appetite for the information, news outlets wouldn’t have the audience to which to report, and they would move on to other things. Add to the picture the 24-hour news cycle, and they have to talk about something. When there is nothing new to report, they still have to talk. Thus, every opinion available is heard, and analyzed, and then the cycle starts again. I would love to hear a major news outlet say simply, just once, “There’s nothing new to report on the recent __________. We will update you as new information becomes available.” I might stick with that outlet.

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