Why the News Media Does Not Represent America
One morning, while eating breakfast, I was flipping through the channels to catch up on the latest news. Every news channel whether it was local or national had a common theme, it was negative. Whether it was a titillating trial of a high profile murder case, a devastating kidnapping case, terrorism home and abroad, more racism, poignant social debates, or politicians gone bad, it was just a continuous narrative of everything that is wrong with our country.
That is not the America I see as I travel the country for my job. I love traveling because it gives me the opportunity to get out of my bubble and out in the U.S. to experience other communities and different circles of people from all walks of life. What I see on a recurring basis is extremely positive.
In Texas, I find communities made of hard working Texans that own a lot of land and are proud of their heritage. In South Dakota, I interact with trustworthy individuals that earn an honest living and are always willing to help me in every way. In Nebraska, I work with people that are extremely sharp and creative in what they do. Down in Florida, I rub shoulders with happy people that always do what they said they would do. Out in Oklahoma, I find people that are proud of their traditions and are striving to make their communities better places to live. I could go on and on with examples of fine Americans scattered throughout the U.S. that are living examples of why I am proud of our country and who we are as a people.
Yes, we have pockets of evil in our society, but the good far outweighs the bad and I am proud to be associated with all the great people and wonderful communities I work with everyday. So instead of flipping through the channels of the negative, sensationalized, and “made for T.V.” news, I choose to flip through the channels of the reality of what is actually out there in all corners of our country, which are intelligent, hardworking and trustworthy people that truly make up our great nation.