A while back, I turned off the TV set after putting it on to see what the latest headlines were.
I found them, crawling across the bottom of the screen while a Saturday morning female host was asking scripted questions of two guests. The subject was a congressman who used the term, “wetbacks” to describe what people used to call migrant workers in earlier, less politically-correct times.
Neither guest favored what the congressman did, but differed on the severity of his offense. (The politician has apologized for using the word.)
It wasn’t the subject material that caused me to turn off the TV – it was the guests who talked on top of one another – neither giving way. The result was arguments that ran for 15 seconds and were unintelligible because it’s nearly impossible to make sense out of two people shouting at once.
I think that’s just one reason people are switching off their TVs these days. I’m tired of arguments, but even wearier of quarreling, with two people each trying to yell louder than the other. I can’t figure out who at the networks thinks this is good television.