I’m not really a News Junkie.
However, since Sept. 11, 2001 I’ve watch the news every morning.
Seven days a week.
If I ran into one of the morning news anchor
people from Detroit’s Fox 2 News or the Nat’l
Fox & Friends morning news, I’d be tempted to
run over & hug them… cuz it totally feels like I know them.
Ha! (Ok, I wouldn’t really… cuz that’s creepy!)
Anyway… there’s a few observations & lessons I’ve learned from my years
of continually watching the morning news.
– Does anyone else notice the little dial that Kam Carmen has
in her hand each morning at the beginning of the 6AM broadcast?
What IS that thing?
-Do news anchors get memos to make sure their clothing
won’t clash with the other anchors?
– Why must professional woman news anchors wear clothing that
does not completely cover their cleavage?
– When a reporter says “Also, too” … that drives me crazy!
– When the anchors tease each other occasionally … I like that!
-Cheesy joke or puns are OK with me, as long as it’s not making
fun of a serious/tragic news story. (They don’t usually this anyway.)
-Have you noticed that when it switches from one anchor to the
next they don’t usually comment on the story that was just mentioned?
It goes to show that we don’t always have to have something to say
But here’s the big question:
When a guest is on the show it’s because they have been invited
and have something to say. So why then do the anchors and/or
reporters do most of the talking/question asking? The guests often
get very little time to actually answer. Then the reporter will get
that look on their face that says, “Ok, hurry cuz I have 2 more things
to say and we only have 30 more seconds.” That bugs me cuz it’s
disrespectful to the guest & implies that the host/reporter has more
importance or more knowledge than the guest. Hmm
We know that face. We’re familiar with those actions. People
do that to us all the time. They ask a question but stop listening
before we finish the first sentence.
As a matter of fact, I know that situation so well because I’ve
done it to other people. I’ve taught my face to stay focused
on the one talking, but my brain isn’t so well trained. Thoughts
wonder. Questions arise. Sometimes they’re totally unrelated.
Rangle in those wondering thoughts, Netta, and listen.
As a church leaders we have tendency to assume that what we have
to say is more important & can often ignore what’s being said cuz
we’re busy thinking about what we’re gunna say next. ICK.
JESUS values each person and cares about them. When I listen
to them I’m showing them they are worthwhile to Jesus. (He died for
them, remember?) Therefore, they are valuable to me, too.
Each time I get slightly annoyed at a news anchor’s impatience I’ll
be reminded to LISTEN, and truly pay attention… and to listen
carefully to that quiet whisper speaking instructions into
my ear, too. (But that could be whole other topic, huh?)
What do you think?