Sometimes the bad news comes at us in waves. We’re just getting our thoughts around some senseless, violent act like the Boston Marathon bombing when a fertilizer plant explodes in Texas. Then come the stories about the suspects in the Marathon bombing.
My wife shook her head the other night and said she didn’t know if she could stand hearing one more awful news story. Remember, she lives with a guy who reports this stuff daily.
I never set out to be a person bringing bad news to you every day, and much of the time I’ve reported news that is not all gloom and doom.
Reporting really bad news doesn’t usually upset me. There was one time when I found myself distressed and even depressed. It was the weekend after 9/11. I was sitting on my porch swing on a beautiful afternoon when a great feeling of sadness came over me.
I consider myself a professional … but sometimes the bad news is just too much.
Our thought for today is from Benjamin Bradlee:
“News is the first rough draft of history.”