I am a creature of habit .... or very loyal to things that I care about. However sometimes I reach the decision to make a change. Today is my day to change a tradition that goes back 60 years.
I have watched The Today Show for my morning dose of world and national events a.k.a. NEWS since I was a kid .... since Dave Garroway was the morning news anchor ..... since the Today Show was in black and white. I'm not talking black and white as in our skin color. I'm talking black and white as in good vs. bad, light vs. dark, right vs wrong and the content of the show reflected it.
I have always loved watching the Today Show. I felt a connection to the show anchors who let us ordinary people see a glimpse into their personal lives from time to time. I missed Katie Couric when she left the show. There are some people from the show that I didn't like so very much, but that's not important. What is important is that I no longer like the show. I realized that this morning. It sort of feels like losing a friend. I am grieving for something that has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.
Will I stop watching altogether? No. I'll probably still watch the first hour .... some days, but that's the only hour of the show that will get any attention from me.
Here's why: Each hour the anchors change which is okay, but the first hour is the only hour where real news is the agenda. The second hour is mostly entertainment and odd-ball news and a little bit of weather. The third hour is even more entertainment with no news at all. The Today Show is no longer a morning news program. It has become "entertainment daily". If they would just break into the fluff, puff and silliness with real news and real weather every 15 minutes it would be great, but they don't.
What was it about this morning that caused me to make this decision? They have in recent days and specifically this morning, hit a new low. They are spending TOO much time and space promoting a movie / book that is known as "mommy porn". When they mention it in 3 separate spots on their home page for this date ..... when they spend that many minutes on their show ..... promoting the new movie that is based on a movie about sexual habits then it is time for me to .... leave.
So long Today Show. I'm going to miss you, but you aren't worth watching any more.
I don't expect that they'll miss just one old lady, but I doubt that I'm the only person that feels this way.