Have you ever had an irrational fear because of what the news chose to broadcast? When I was a child I became severely terrified of storms because of the continual storm stories I saw on the news. I even quit softball because I was afraid a tornado would come down right on the field. My grandmother also has an overbearing fear of terrorists which has completely distorted the way she looks in life making her afraid of simply riding in an airplane. This is a result of her dedication to watching the nightly news. In no way am I saying the news should not be reporting on what is happening in the world, but to be dwelling on stories that harp on issues that are giving young and old irrational fears might be a little much. Making people aware of the problem and idolizing the problem is a dangerous line to flirt with. On NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, the continual shots of disturbing images and bombings were very prominent. These images are what have brought people like my grandmother to fear life itself. Again, not to say that those images are not important, but to examine in depth the issue that has been made clear might cause people to not just be aware but worry over things the news might exaggerate.

Towards the end of the newscast, a new issue was presented. Anorexia, a disease often associated with females, is becoming increasingly more common in males which many people are unaware of. The issue of male anorexia is one that should absolutely be addressed to the public, but to spend a good six minutes on it could in some cases do more harm than good. First, it gave the reasons for anorexia as predominately having a bad body image because of the way pop culture instills in us the need for a perfectly fit body. As they talked about this idea of bad body images, pictures of chiseled men and rock solid abs flew across the screen displaying exactly what they are trying to avoid: teenagers being exposed to magazines promoting an unrealistic body. The story went on to stress how parents should be taking notice of their kids’ eating habits and even what they wear in order to determine if they might have this horrible disorder. Yes, parents should be conscious of their kids’ health, but the newscast made it sound like any kid wearing baggy clothing or hoodies should be interrogated. Using the example of kids wearing hoodies as a sign of anorexia might not have been the best thing to say since the majority of teenagers in America wear a hoody on a regular basis.

These issues are important and informative making America aware of the problems at hand. However, stating the news and lingering on the news is important for news stations to define. The gullible ears of America do not need to be fed with information allowing them to gain irrational fears or obsessive concerns.

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