Couldn't agree more. As embarrassing as this is to admit, I feel it's relevant here. In early March, my morning routine consisted of getting up, having some breakfast while watching GMB and browsing Twitter, before heading off to work. I found that I was leaving the house in an increasingly harrassed and anxious manner over a period of about a fortnight in mid-March. I felt overwhelmed and like a feeling of impending doom that I couldn't shift. I made the decision to stop browsing Twitter, and, most importantly, vowed to stop watching GMB when Piers is presenting. It's had a tangible effect on my general mood/anxiety level. I'm not burying my head in the sand and employing the 'ignorance is bliss' model, as I am still keeping myself informed on the day's news, only now via less tabloid-esque and bombastic means. Piers' constant scaremongering and sensationalism is not just unprofessional and irritating to watch, but actually a real threat to people's mental health. Call me a 'snowflake' if you want but I'm talking from experience. Stopping watching him has helped me feel less anxious in general, and I cannot think of a much grimmer indictment of a presenter on what's supposed to be a happy 'kick off your day with us' breakfast show than that.
Apologies; this is rather more than just slightly off-topic, but I couldn't help but explain my experience after I read the above post.
David, you are certainly NOT a snowflake. We are facing a situation in this country that has no equal in recent history. The media's job in this pandemic should be to inform us and not to scare the **** out of us. Morgan et al seem to get a perverse kick out of reducing us to nervous wrecks.
A journalist's job is to ask questions and point out flaws in arguments and policies in a rational and reasonable way and to my mind Morgan is less a journalist and more a brain washer. Thankfully as I stated above there are other options.
Before anyone criticises my post it is relevant as it is about the media and the way they have handled the pandemic. Yes I have praised the news media for keeping us up to date in the past but that praise was not unqualified at all
Edit, I know that this chap has spoken a lot of **** but for once he's right: