Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees. In this commentary, Mr. Leone talks about Fox 5's efforts to highlight the good news.
Recently the news has been filled with tragic and disturbing events both here in New York and around the globe. It is certainly depressing and makes you wonder what our world is coming to.
To top it off, in most of my Views I focus on things that bother me and I like to point out what I think are injustices. This week I would like to point out some of the positive things that keep me going as well as a few things we are doing here at Fox 5 to avoid overloading you with bad news.
First of all, we live in the greatest country in the world with incredible freedoms where we strive to provide a safe environment and we sometimes take this for granted.
Just take a look at the thousands of people who want to immigrate into the USA under often dangerous conditions. We are a kind, compassionate and generous nation, we help those in need and we generally do the morally right things. And in this country people are often given a second chance through support from numerous social services.
Sometimes I think news organizations are in competition to tell the worst story: "If you think their story was bad wait until you see our story." Here at Fox 5 we are doing a few things to avoid falling into that trap.
Good Day New York has begun a series called "That's So Nice" where we profile individuals who perform acts of kindness.
Our new 6 p.m. newscast with Ernie Anastos features "Positively Ernie" stories of good news.
We've created a franchise called "The Big Idea" to look at innovations which will shape the way we live in the future.
Our "Fox Docs" are short-form documentaries which take deep dives into important stories and issues.
And to top it off, we created a local entertainment show called "Friday Night Live" every Friday at 10:30 p.m. to celebrate the good and vibrant things happening in our area.
We will continue to cover hard news and keep you informed but I also promise that we will offer innovative and positive coverage to help keep things balanced and in perspective.