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Old 01-19-2010, 05:02 PM
 
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YES!

I listen to local news, read local papers, and for other news, I tune into NPR, or the BBC.
You posted very close to exactly what I was going to say
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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I haven't stopped watching cable news. But I've cut way back.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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Dummies watch cable news, people that are literate read news from various sources. I gave up on cable news a while ago, it's terrible.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:06 PM
 
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We had our cable turned off over 2 years ago. Haven't missed it one bit. We watch programs on Netflix streaming or DVD. If we want to know what is happening we will take a poke through some news sites on the internet.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:10 PM
 
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We watch a lot less because all news tends to massage some issues.

A guy I do increasingly like is Dylan Ratigan. He's on MSNBC in the afternoon and also on some radio program.
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He seems to call it as he sees it with no liberal or conservative bias. He has a financial background and will take on and explain complicated issues. I don't know how long he'll last because he is honest and seems to go after the hypocrites in government. His show has a refreshing honesty about it.
I used to watch Dylan Ratigan when he was on CNBC, the business report. Yes, he is a pretty smart guy about business and finance. Though I now watch biz on the Fox Business channel.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:14 PM
 
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Default Did you stop watching CNN, Fox and other news channels

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Have any of you been so disgusted with the tabloid aspects of journalism that you stopped watching news shows altogether? I'm not critical of the partisan nature of news sources rather I'm critical of the entertainment factor that has gotten too involved with journalism. I feel like CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, NBC etc has become like Sports Center.
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No actual events or "news" is occurring but in order to have ratings, the networks discuss issues ad nauseum each day as if a major movement or action just took place. I feel like it is an incredible waste of time. Case in point, the healthcare debate/issue that is constantly being discussed on CNN and Fox. Nothing has actually happened but both sides continuously rehash the same arguments and try to create this fervor as if a major vote is occurring immediately when in reality nothing has happened, no one knows what will happen and it could be months before any significant vote or action occurs. Yet the news channels discuss it as if it's happening right now. It just seems like a lot of fluff because they have to find something to occupy their time. Of course, I have not abandoned watching the news but I no longer watch shows like Anderson 360, Hannity, Campbell Brown, O'reilly or even have the news playing in my office. I don't feel like anything is actually occurring but to fill the void, they discuss these issues ad nauseum. I don't feel like I'm learning anything by watching them rehash old arguments.
I continue to watch Glenn Beck. He reminds me that I'm not alone. And like BentBow said, today he even went after the Progressives in the Repo party.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Have any of you been so disgusted with the tabloid aspects of journalism that you stopped watching news shows altogether?
Interesting that you raise the question. Just two days ago, I removed all of the opinion-news programs from my Tivo, and replaced them with "straight" news programs.

The news today about Keith Olbermann's rant on Scott Brown (calling him a racist and a homophobe) was a reminder that I made the right decision. If I want divisive rhetoric, I'm better off just visiting this forum.

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Old 01-19-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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I've stopped as well. I was watching alot of cable news during the election run last year, but at some point this year it all seemed to get too tabloidish for me (from both the left and right).

On Fox, a democrat can do no right and a republican no wrong.

On MSNBC, a republican can do no right and democrat no wrong.

Don't any of these people have real opinions of what affects their everyday life. I can't believe these networks can only hire people with cookie-cutter ideologies. But then again, maybe I'm the crazy one to think Americans would actually want to listen to people who can think for themselves.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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One problem is that the internet and the proliferation of media sources divides us even more than cable TV news. This guy says it well:

The devolution of media and the rise of the blogosphere are making us even more of a controversy- and outrage-obsessed society. Because new media tend to focus on niche markets, outlets leverage their biases to engage their specialized audiences.

Haiti quake brings dose of reality - latimes.com
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:37 PM
 
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Yes! I stopped watching cable news, and very rarely watch PBS newshour or BBC news, or local news. I usually just go to Google News or local websites for news. I don't need the "news-tainment" or spin or opinion disguised as reporting.
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