This is more a question than an opinion. An opinion has been forming itself mostly in the background until it popped up of itself. Is it only we who are noticing the provision of decreasing amounts of news?
The newsfolk now appear to us to spend endless hours repeating the same overmasticated material, filing in between with what we used to refer to as “soap opera.” Endless hours of iterations of Ebola, ISIS or corruption in professional soccer, followed by the Jenner sex show. What’s with the economy in China, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, France? The U.S? (Mandatory ‘recovery’ for that last).
Have you heard that the ‘Palestinian’ Arabs are lobbing rockets from Gaza into Israel again? We’d bet that you have not, in the U.S. at any rate. It is reported in a few places that the Russians are reheating the covert Ukraine invasion; heard that? The Venezuelan economy is self-destructing with galloping inflation, too. And the Pakistanis released the jihadists who shot up a teen aged schoolgirl named Malala. None of that seems to be news.
We’ve been noting recently that the main, front-page story in our local daily newspaper is usually some form of “infotainment,” the sort of thing that was at one time, a specialty of a type of reporter derisively referred to as a “sob sister.” Now, it’s front page stuff. What was once called “hard news” – isn’t, seems to us.
We note at the same time, that Congress is commonly expected to vote on bills whose contents are deemed too secret for us to know; ObamTrade in case at present. ObamacCare very much in point as well.
All this puts us in mind of our days as a four-year-old: Our questions often elicited the reply: “You wouldn’t understand.” With time, that turned out true enough.
But we are not four years old now and nor do we hold politicians in the same trust as we held our parents. The general agreement to withhold some things from children in those days has been called “the Adult Conspiracy.” We can see how today’s paucity of news might fit “conspiracy” but we see little that is adult about it; it rather appears to assume juvenile incompetence on the part of voters. Or of course, perhaps just corrupt dishonesty on the part of government?
That would be news, right?