I was speechless.
It seemed like it was nothing more than an detached presentation of muckracking. A contemptable gallery of human misery, drained of any form of emotion. Some people love getting pissed off hearing about heinous crimes happening in their area. Some people get their vicarious thrills hearing about heinous crimes happening in their area. Maybe if the news talked about ways to prevent these crimes from happening, there might be some value in it. But no - it has to be emotionally vacant recollections of sex crimes, murders, corruption in the legal system, whatever the fuck the audience wants to hear about, they get.
It is now my opinion that the 5 o'clock news is every bit as contemptable as the "Faces of Death" videos that they used to stock in video rental outlets - y'know, the videos that people could rent that promised its audience footage of people actually dying painful deaths. It certainly seems to be geared at the exact same audience.
I want to hear about people finding solutions to these problems, and I don't want to hear a nonstop onslaught of everything that is wrong in the world. Fuck that shit.