Agree to everything you said. The last sentence is what sums it up. Its all about ratings, its all about entertainment and gossip. I don't watch the news, I refuse to. What pissed me off more than anything is for example when the Sandy Hook shooting happened. They were so quick to jump on it and all the news companies wanted to have the "latest" in details that half the smurf they posted into late afternoon was wrong. Why not get the facts straight before putting out BS news? Why not just say there's been a school shooting and keep it at that? But it was weeks worth of the same thing, I mean I'm from CT so it hit close to home sure but idk. They definitely need to stop with all the negative crap.
I definitely agree that children need to be monitored, even with the news. As far as reporting, I think they need to hold off until they get correct information (case in point-- Sandy Hook, news blasting that the wrong person did it for hours).
And I don't think they should put in as much detail. It's one thing to be reporting on it, it's another to let everyone in the world know the nitty-gritty, before there's even a trial. I think it screws with the justice system, too.
As far as addresses: they should not be posting that anywhere, or showing photos on the news. I think that crosses a line: especially when it's somewhere that people could go to see, and further idolize (even negatively) the person who committed the crime, and torment the victims.
I see what you're saying but for me news changed on 9/11.
I think that is where I got to the point that I wanted to know "whats happening now".
I agree that printing and releasing information that cannot be confirmed is completely irresponsible and simply a means for news providers to get more people to get their news from one particular source.
Sandy Hook was about the same. Being in CT and waiting to hear what really happened, who was involved, etc had me tuned to the news the entire day while I was at work.
Idk where it ends, mass communications are our savior and will more than likely be our downfall as well.