Whether or not we consider ourselves news aficionados, everyone prefers interesting news reports over humdrum news stories. Every news organization knows this, which is the reason that competition within the news industry is so fierce. At the end of the day, people are going to choose the local news stations, websites, and news papers that feature the most interesting, and relevant, news of the day.
It seems that the line between interesting news reports and sensational news stories is becoming blurred. Do all of the most interesting news stories always have to be overblown, sensational stories? If you were to look at the big three cable news networks, it certainly seems that way. But what else can you expect when they are competing for viewers 24 hours per day, 7 days per week?
What this amounts to is news organizations scouring every region of the United States for any interesting news of today. Of course, most of the news that makes headlines consists of sensational stories of tragedy and violence, and never positive human interest news stories. During “slow” times we are left to suffer through political pundits shouting at each other in an attempt to prove that their opinions are the right opinions.
In 2012, the Pew Research Center conducted a study to find out which of the big three cable news networks offered the most fact based coverage. According to the study, CNN came out on top with only 54 percent of its commentary being fact based. While some may find it surprising, FOX News came in second with a dismal 45 percent. This means that MSNBC finished dead last with a pathetic 15 percent of its commentary being fact based! No doubt that the intention of most opinion based news coverage is to drum up controversy to reel in more viewers.
It is no secret that hundreds of thousands of Americans gobble up sensationalized news, but just as many feel that the best news today consists of fact based coverage of events relevant to the lives of the people. While kidnappings and other tragedies are unfortunate, how relevant is a kidnapping in California to a family that is preparing for a hurricane on the east coast? This is the reason why many people prefer to watch the top local news stations like Channel 13 Baltimore. Although Baltimore Channel 13, and other top local news programs, will cover stories that could be considered sensational, they will stick to fact based and interesting news reports that are relevant to the lives of their viewers.