Yes, A News Station SHOULD Cut Into Your ‘Favorite Show’ For Severe Weather [OPINION]
What year is this? What PLANET do we live on? Do we REALLY have to say this?
This week was a rough one for our old home of Wisconsin. A tornado touched down just north of Eau Claire in Chetek. One person died and 25 were injured.
A couple of our friends work at WKBT in La Crosse, Wisconsin (where we started our morning show). One of them is a meteorologist, and she posted this on her Facebook:
What's sad is that this doesn't surprise me. At ALL. But seriously? Why do we have to keep saying this - THE WORLD DOESN'T REVOLVE AROUND YOU. I can't think of anything more ignorant and selfish than complaining about how the local news station cut into an episode of Survivor to talk about severe weather.
I'm sorry if this sounds harsh...actually, you know what? I'm not sorry. People DIED in these storms, and yet others have the nerve to complain about the news cutting into their favorite show with a weather alert? Shame on you.
This "it doesn't affect me so I don't care" attitude is inhuman. That's going to be the downfall of humanity, I swear. It's just one of those things that I can't believe we even have to address, but here we are.
This kind of complaining is NEVER okay, but especially now with the rise of all the online streaming services. There's a million ways to watch TV nowadays - on your phone, on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. So to complain to professionals who are doing their jobs to keep YOU safe is totally inexcusable.
With the rise of technology, we also have made it easier to complain. Gone are the days of writing, or even typing, a letter to your local news station. Usually, by the time the person was licking the envelope, their rage had subsided and they decide against it. But not anymore. Social media allows for people to feverishly type out their worst thoughts, insults and meaningless complaints and post them for the world to see.
I'm getting tired of the total lack of respect for our news stations and the people who work hard (for typically small salaries) to bring these stories to us. While you may not THINK that something is news, somebody else might be interested.
Think of the news like a restaurant: you have a menu with tons of different options. Do you complain to the waiter that there's seafood on the menu, because you don't like seafood? No. You order something else. Why should news be any different? If you don't like it, find a different channel.
But when it comes to weather alerts, they're important, whether you like it or not. Go find your TV show elsewhere; guarantee it'll be posted online within the hour. In the meantime, maybe think about those who might have their homes and lives potentially destroyed by an incoming storm. Just because the weather isn't important to YOU, doesn't mean it's not important to THEM.
And now, a word from the news people who deal with this idiocy on a daily basis: