Ever since I gave up on CBS's Scott Pelley last summer, I've been watching The NBC News With Brian Williams, and. dammit, I just can't take it anymore. I still DVR it but just can't bring myself to watch even one more day, so once I remember how to un-DVR it, I will. Last week may have been the final straw when Brian kept leading off with the who-cares?-story about Obama's Secret Service guys who hired prostitutes. Stories like this are apparently titillating to someone somewhere, but they are not real news stories! There is a whole world out there to report on! The formula for Brian's program is always the same: An unimportant but overly-reported tidbit about airline pilots losing their cool or something similarly wasteful of air time; a report on outrageous but basically non-relevant words out of the mouth of a presidential candidate; a health update of either something else to fear or a possible new drug to sure some awful disease (followed by a commercial for one of the drug company sponsors); then ending with some heart-warming and schmaltzy bit about someone "making a difference." I just can't spend any more time watching this drivel.
It's going to be a horrible election year anyway, so it might be a good year to skip the news altogether. I'm certainly not going to switch over to Diane Sawyer on ABC!