Does the Constant News Cycle Give You ‘Issue Fatigue?’

National Wildlife Federation

Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac

A recent political cartoon floating around the internet says “My desire to be well-informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane.”

WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about the political ramifications of being bombarded with too much information.

We see this with the Flint Water Crisis,” says Roth. “There are people on the ground in Flint living there saying this has been a tragedy… we’re tired, we want to move on from this.”

You even hear lawmakers in Lansing refer to the issue as ‘Flint fatigue.’”

Roth also points to Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline controversy, saying attendance at public meetings about that issue has dwindled recently.

Roth and Neher talk about what causes this phenomenon and what can be done to combat it.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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