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Have you ever, in your life, watched the news, following a news teaser, and actually felt satisfied, informed and newly knowleadgeable about the news report's subject?

Asked by Kraigmo (7807points) April 10th, 2010

Usually in the day, you’ll hear a 10 second tease for the news later on in the night. Oftentimes it sounds like a very interesting report they have planned. Then whenever one actually watches said report…. one is usually disapointed and shallow feeling. The report one looked forward to watching is usually at the end of the news, and not much longer than the original teaser.

I gave up watching local news 15 years ago because of this, and have never gone back.

I’m wondering, has anyone ever actually felt satisfied after watching a news report that they tuned in for, on the local news?

And if not, why do you fall for it over and over again, like Charlie, Lucy and the football?

I’m talking about Local News here, and not high quality shows such as 60 Minutes, Frontline, or Now

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YARNLADY's avatar

I pay no attention to the teasers.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

I usually don’t watch the news unless it’s the Weather Channel or CNN.

phillis's avatar

Teasers actually annoy me, so I make it anpoint to turn the channel (I’m an aspiring Nielsen’s rater).

What really pisses me off are news channels that continually say “That story is coming up next”. Yeah, after 30 commercial breaks! “Next” means after this commercial break, ya jerks. Stop lying, already!

DarkScribe's avatar

You mean regarding a political obituary? Yes.

dpworkin's avatar

I grew up in the days of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, so I would say, yes, many, many times.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Not really. Today’s news reporting is much more lackluster than what you could find years ago.

wonderingwhy's avatar

A handfull of times yes, but I’m cheating, in the few cases I can remember I had prior, independent, knowledge of the event/story. For the most part the our local news is a bit like a long winded RSS feed and about as deep as a puddle on the sidewalk. And some of the stuff they do choose to go in depth on really makes you wonder what their priorities are, beyond ratings I mean.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Not often.This question made me laugh
I rarely watch tv anymore and that is one of the reasons why.

plethora's avatar

No, I can’t remember the last time I even had my TV on. I just spent two nights in a hotel with a fabulous upscale wide flat screen. I didnt even turn it on. I agree with @phillis and @wonderingwhy . I get news mainly from the net, where I can read it without the hype. And from the newspaper, so I can scan, instead of listening numbly to the “news voice”. The one newscaster I like is Shepard whats-his-name on FOX because he simply does not use the “news voice” and throws in a good bit of humor.

phoebusg's avatar

Maybe sometimes on BBC news, otherwise I prefer reading the articles myself. They too are condensed, but the media on tv is ten times as condensed and impoverished of detail.

plethora's avatar

@phoebusg Yesssss…..well said GA

aprilsimnel's avatar

Oh, wait, yes! I was a teenager, but I remember the 60 Minutes story on General Westmoreland and his allegedly f’ed up command of the Tet Offensive in Viet Nam and him covering up the weakness of troop strength, leading to a great loss of US and allied troops. It was like, ”Daaaaaamn, busted!He sued CBS for libel, but there was no way he was going to be able to meet the burden of proof required for him to prove CBS was intentionally libeling him. They settled out of court, but he didn’t win any damages.

TexasDude's avatar

The only time I’ve ever felt informed in the slightest by a news program was from watching John Stossel when he used to be on 60 minutes. Everyone else has pretty much sucked for me.

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