The days of watching the news to see what's going on at home and abroad - that is... news that matters, is important, particularly interesting or thought provoking - appears to be over. In-depth, quality mainstream media news and fair reporting in New Zealand is a thing of the past, and hoping things will get better seems to be a lost cause.
I want news that educates and entertains... that is not lecturing me, pandering to the noisy minority and childishly berating baddies who don't share the media's stance on politics and opinions on how they think things should be. It's sad to watch the metamorphosis from objectivity, to bias, to open propaganda.
I've had enough of rubbish press releases - for example, advertising submitted in the form of scientific research or tech breakthroughs (obviously for funding purposes). I'm tired of watching interviews with representatives of advocacy groups (promoting their agendas).
"End of the world is nigh" style editorials sent in by politically motivated activists are tiresome, and in my opinion spreading gossip and rumours about unproven wrongdoings is just lazy reporting.
The NZ media these days deems politics to be either left/liberal/good or right/conservative/bad. Politicians are reduced to nothing more than personalities that are either good or bad, progressive or bigoted. What happened to reasonable debates, fair questioning and reporting both sides of the story?
In our house at 6pm the nightly TV news is on, just in case something has happened that matters. But these days I only half watch it, and I use the internet - where talented journalists, smart reporters, and important news can still be found.
I'm fed up of neurotic Trump bashing, Australia bashing, climate catastrophes (real and imagined), daily updates about locals who have died in odd ways (if not odd, car accident fatalities will do), and in-depth reports about what the latest sports and Hollywood celebs (today's heroes) have been up to.
To get an idea of what I'm taking about, here's a breakdown of tonight's evening news (NewsHub) in New Zealand.