We want to believe that the news we watch on tee-vee and hear on the radio is somehow reflective of the world around us, even though we know it can’t be true and we know why. How much of life fits the 19-inch diagonal screen that television producers must assume people are using? How many stories fit the 58-minute time frame people that people will endure? How complex can a story be when it will be interrupted every 12 minutes for commercials? And what stories are less likely to impinge on those commercial messages? Television never laid claim to being like real life — even the so-called “reality programming” makes no such claim. Life is oh-so-different than what most people observe, but if they can be reminded of that every once in a while, they will be better able to enjoy the programming and their lives, which surround it.