It is a struggle to get world news in America.
We spent this morning with my mother, and this afternoon worked in the attic and 3rd floor of her house. It’s been hot and humid, and we looked forward to this evening, when we’d have a glass of wine and watch the news in the only air-conditioned room in the house.
This was not to be. WIth over 80 TV channels on cable, there was nothing in the way of global news. What we did find was:
– local news about the rain and wind related to Tropical Storm Hanna
– Obama and McCain speaking via satellite to the AARP convention
– college football games
– talking heads analyzing this week’s Republican convention
In June, we found the American version of BBC World News at 6 or 7pm on cable TV. Maybe because it’s Saturday, it wasn’t on tonignt.
It appears that if news doesn’t directly involve the U.S., it’s not worthy of being reported. One friend said, “there’s BBC news on the radio once a day, but I’m not sure what time.” Another friend who’s CFO of a multinational company laughed and said, “It happens all the time. All of our overseas visitors go crazy after a day or two, trying to find world news.”
I know there’s a world beyond New York and the United States, but you’d never know it without looking hard to find it. It shouldn’t be so difficult.
Our Internet connection is sporadic but I’m glad we have it. Thank God for BBC World News, even when our wireless is up and down and dial-up takes forever. If the world is due to end tomorrow, could someone please let us know?