The headlines I read today in my various Google Reader feeds were clear evidence that journalistic excellence is alive and well in these United States. Here are just a few examples of the hard-hitting news stories I had to choose from this morning:
- Obama Says Hurricane Irene “Extremely Dangerous” (Reuters)
- Obesity to Worsen, Weigh Heavily on Healthcare Costs (Reuters)
- At Apple, Cook Has Tough Act to Follow (NY Times)
- Bernanke Proposes No New Steps to Boost Economy (SF Chronicle)
- Pew Poll Finds Public Has Low Opinion of DC (NPR)
- Gas Prices Rise (NPR)
Each of these headlines (which took a mere three minutes to collect) brings one thought to mind…”you think?” Granted, these are only the headlines and not the full stories, but they indicate minimal examination, negligible thoughtfulness, and little more than an amazing grasp of the obvious. In fairness to the news media, maybe these headlines and the subsequent articles merely reflect the absence of meaningful dialogue about critical issues in our society and the general pathetic (or apathetic) state of our nation. Or maybe news organizations have just figured out that our collective attention span is simply too short for any significant analysis of news events (he writes in his short blog post). Spoon feed us the obvious – it’s all that we can handle.