Aug. 29, 2016

Now, that's good news!

I read. A lot. In fact, most of what I know about today’s news headlines is not based on what I hear but on what I read.  I am not really a fan of TV news. When I was in high school, Channel 13 Eyewitness News had a segment that focused solely on the good news in our area. Now, that was my kind of news!

It isn’t as if I live my life like an ostrich with its head in the sand. I am fully aware that there is a lot of really bad news out there. I simply choose not to fill my head with things I cannot do anything about. I choose to feed my spirit positive things, spiritual things, scriptural things, and good news stories.

I realize there are times I need to watch the news but I have to be honest, it’s not really that often. If there is a storm in the gulf – newsworthy. If Highway 225 is going to be shut down – newsworthy. If the news report is sharing something I need to know in order to improve my life, protect my family or help others? Yes, you guessed it – newsworthy.

I have two favorite TV news sources; although hardcore news addicts will not consider them solid news outlets at all. One is the Today Show. I’ve watched it just about every morning since 1980. Over the past year, I’ve added CBS Sunday Morning to my list of must-watch news programs. In fact, I willingly skip The Today Show on Sunday and change the channel to CBS. Sorry NBC.

The Today Show keeps me aware of what is going on around me without spending an hour pounding negativity into my brain. CBS Sunday Morning is truly a news source. They educate us. They do not help to infuriate us. CBS Sunday Morning inspires me.  It doesn’t depress me.

The host of CBS Sunday Morning, Charles Osgood, announced his pending retirement. September 25th will be his final day to serve as host although he will appear as a guest reporter from time to time. Charles Osgood is everything I like in a news reporter: intelligent, calm, soft-spoken, fair, and respectful. I can actually hear what he is saying and he actually allows his guest to do just about all the talking. I like that as a news format.

I also have a pretty rock-solid relationship with the other news correspondents that add to my enjoyment of CBS Sunday Morning. Jane Pauley and I’ve had a “friendship” (all be it one-sided) since my first installment of The Today Show in 1980. I was a stay-at-home mom with my first child and Jane kept me informed without scaring the pee-doodles out of me. I like Jane. I like her style. I like her mannerisms. I think Jane and I could actually be real-life friends if I met her one day on the street.

Lesley Stahl and I also carry on a long-term relationship. Lesley does a really good job on CBS’ 60 Minutes and on 48 Hours. Lesley tells me stories from across the world or across the street from an educated, no nonsense and informative manner. Lesley offers every news story the benefit of the doubt and allows our judicial system to determine the outcome. She doesn’t tell me what to think.

Of course, there is always Mo Rocca.  How can anyone not like Mo Rocca?  Just saying his name is a treat. Mo brings out the best in those he interviews. Mo is fun but remains respectful. Mo makes the news fun.

CBS Sunday Morning listens and talks. They don’t yell. They don’t judge. They keep us informed and inspired. Now, that’s good news!

CBS Sunday Morning is my go-to when I want to learn more about the world around me. They spend very little time telling me how many people were killed in Chicago last night. Instead, they offer me places to go and people to see. They enhance the quality of my world. They allow me to see the real person; not merely a celebrity or politician. This was most evident during yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning episode featuring actress Meg Ryan. Meg explained she remains silent when attacked by the media because any rebuttal only serves to create more attacks. Thank you, Meg, for that important life lesson. Now, that’s news I can use!

When my loving Lord examines my heart and listens to the words of my mouth, I hope He sees and hears only good news. Only good, Lord.  Only good. I personally believe what the mind is fed is what ends up coming out of the mouth. So, what is filling our minds?

“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human hearts was only evil all the time.”  Genesis 6:5