View Poll Results: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

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  • Yes, I'd watch it, absolutely.

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  • I like to say I would watch it, but I know I probably wouldn't.

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  • Maybe, sometimes.

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  • No, I'd never watch it.

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Would you watch "positive" news programs? (ETA: The entire program, not just segments)

    People always seem to clamor for this. Yet, over my lifetime I have seen a couple attempts by local tv stations to do this, and all have failed miserably. I just saw a local tv station on Facebook asking, "What news stories should we feature today?", and several people said they wanted all positive stuff.

    I am going to submit that this is an area where people think they know what they want, but really don't. Just as people think and say they want healthy choices from McDonald's, they still order burgers and fries and the healthy choices fail. Same here. People think and say they want positive news, but then won't watch it.

    I won't pretend. I will freely admit that I do not watch the news for "good" news. I want what I call "hard news". Hard news can be good, such as when a kidnap victim is found safe, but it's usually not. I do appreciate a positive "feel good" story mixed in, absolutely, but honestly I wouldn't even bother to tune in if that's all the program was.
    If it's all sentimental candy floss, people won't have anyone to make them feel better about themselves. By and large, this only occurs where someone else is suffering. Or dead. The very reason comedy is always at someone's expense. The same reason people get off on watching others endure all manner of atrocities on the big screen. If it's all sweetness and light, the audience runs the risk of being worse off by comparison. A prospect not so lightly borne.

    Throw in the odd cat and fireman squib for the sake of appearances, but no more, lest a sunny smile take centre stage and the blood curdling scream be muted.

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    tEll you whut
    The recent spate of real life vids coming out of Syria
    are too much for me to watch

    funny how years and years of pretend movie violence hasn't inured me to the real thing

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    I want the news to be the news. If it's good so be it; if it's not so be it.
    "The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryOldGuy View Post
    hah cephus! the CIA should be made to broadcast an unfiltered weekly news hour about the goings on in the world to the public.
    After all we are paying their paychecks?
    They're already in that position but they are delivering "filtered" news. They are a large part of the problem. You do know the black budget is $57 Billion.

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    I'd watch it about as much as I would watch any other news...which is to say, very little.

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Considering that it would just be the same bull****, with a fresh new "friendlier" face, no.
    I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrring

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    Re: Would you watch "positive" news programs?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Would you watch "positive" news programs? (ETA: The entire program, not just segments)

    People always seem to clamor for this. Yet, over my lifetime I have seen a couple attempts by local tv stations to do this, and all have failed miserably. I just saw a local tv station on Facebook asking, "What news stories should we feature today?", and several people said they wanted all positive stuff.

    I am going to submit that this is an area where people think they know what they want, but really don't. Just as people think and say they want healthy choices from McDonald's, they still order burgers and fries and the healthy choices fail. Same here. People think and say they want positive news, but then won't watch it.

    I won't pretend. I will freely admit that I do not watch the news for "good" news. I want what I call "hard news". Hard news can be good, such as when a kidnap victim is found safe, but it's usually not. I do appreciate a positive "feel good" story mixed in, absolutely, but honestly I wouldn't even bother to tune in if that's all the program was.
    Probably wouldn't watch it. The Soviets had a name for feel good news: Propaganda.

    All joking aside, positive stuff just kinda filters out if it's over covered. But the occasional good story is a pleasant break from the daily grind of bad or contentious news.

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