People who don't watch the News.

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    Aug 23, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
    Does this annoy anybody else besides me? I'm perfectly fine with people who choose not to watch the news because they find it "depressing".
    However I find the notion of not really being interested in what's happening in the world your living in...just ignorant regardless if the news is always depressing.

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  • tazzari

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    Aug 23, 2011 11:13 PM GMT
    I never watch the news - it's just a show, entertainment. Rather, I read about five papers, on-line. I generally scan for articles on topics that interest me (as opposed to watching whatever someone feels like feeding me), and try to find a balance between the various points of view.

    I tend to read more liberal papers - The Guardian, the NYT, the Seattle Times, The Oregonian, and sometimes the London Times. The Helsinki Sannomat can be good, and I'm told I should have a look at the New Zealand Herald.

    Actually, I don't even have TV.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    I'd make one correction.
    Not watching the news =/= not interested in the news.

    Here most network news is dominated by police chases, corporate advertisement disguised as a news story, celebrity reactions to current events, and sports. Local news gets a slight amount of coverage, but that's still much better than the coverage given to national news or world news.
    And then you have "fair and balanced" and the anti-fox.

    There are reputable sources for news, but you don't really find that on television coverage.
    I just watch the Onion.icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    I don't have cable and don't care much for TV, so all the news I get is from the interwebs. Online news tends to be more up to date anyway, and there are so many more choices when seeking the info you want.
  • ohioguy12

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    I watch the news mainly because I've worked in newsrooms the last 5 years, but I don't fault anyone for not watching.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    news is just icky and boring grandpa stuff. i like watching repeats of the glee project or real housewives of orange county when the news is on
  • danisnotstr8

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    Why not just read the news? People who wait for a daily news show are ignorant. If you watch the news, you believe what they tell you. If you go online, you can read an infinite number of reports on the same story-- and figure out for yourself what's actually true.
  • Hunter9

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidMany here in the USA consider "Jon Stewart" and "Stephen Colbert" and "Bill Mahr" to be "news" shows... you'll notice them posting clips here quite often when discussing "the news" because these comedians have the same political views as they do.


    P.S. You're way too nice to be posting here. You've been warned! icon_wink.gif


    Stewart, Colbert and Maher are sometimes used as "news" to progressives in the same way that o'reilly, hannity and beck are used as "news" to conservatives.

    so what's your point?
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    Yeah, it annoys me too.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    Most newscasts are aimed are nothing but fluff pieces about celebrities and other manufactured news that does not really give an accurate account of what is truly happening in the world. Most newscasts are not written for intelligent people. The news is mostly a spoon-fed-to-the-masses creation for those who don't want or know how to discern pertinent information to formulate their own opinion.
  • captproton

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    Wow, guys, thanks for all the cheery talk about TV news. I happen to make my living at it and I get awfully depressed when I hear someone refer to it as "grandpa stuff" or "cheesy" or "lame."

    Most of the people I work with take it very seriously, because it is serious business. I can't apologize for the big-market stations that choose to feature crime stories above all else, but I try to provide important information on a daily basis to give viewers a better understanding of their world.

    If that sucks to you, there's nothing more I can do.
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:36 AM GMT
    tazzari saidI ... try to find a balance between the various points of view.

    I tend to read more liberal papers - The Guardian, the NYT, the Seattle Times, The Oregonian, and sometimes the London Times.


    So you try to find the balance between Liberal points of view?
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    Aug 24, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    For extreme serenity. I dont do the news.. Depressing
  • JP85257

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    I have to occasionally just shut it off.
  • vintovka

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    Aug 24, 2011 5:48 AM GMT
    Sadly, the news on TV is complete crap and it would be hard to stay really well informed from watching it. As to Jon Stewart, et al. there are times when they have more actual news content than the "real" news. Read any decent newspaper or a good magazine, like the economist, and you'll get more actual relevant information in five minutes than in an hour of watching t.v.
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 24, 2011 6:04 AM GMT
    I tend to read more than I watch the news, for both local and international. Much more efficient, and I don't have to listen to some of the awful anchors or journalism that I see. (If it's in an article, I simply skip over it until I find something that is written well, or is less biased).

    P.S. Can't blame people for not watching with things like Fox news. Would actually applaud them for it. And yes, I sometimes do get my daily news from watching "The Daily Show". At least Jon Stewart doesn't try to pretend he is factual and fair in his reporting since his show is meant to be intentionally comedic. It is preceded by a show on crank-calling muppets, and usually followed by Adult Swim.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    Some of the worst news I have ever heard is on the radio, the all-news format. (1010 WINS, 880 WCBS in NYC - but you get the drift).

    It's fucking McNews.

  • Abc123456

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    Aug 24, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    It's propaganda, celebrity bullshit, ads, tragedy & fatalities, and politics (all 5 in 1).

    I'd rather spend time with my family, friends, doing work, working out, reading about things that are of value to my future, or downloading new music to listen to in the car, so I don't have to turn the shitty radio on.

    It's 2011, Google turned life into an information choose your own adventure. You choose information that's intrinsic to your character, as do I.
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    Aug 24, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    I made a new years resolution to stop watching cable news and have kept it for all but about a half hour of tornado news and some about the war in Tripoli today. I got sick of all the yelling back and forth and confusion of just talking head opinions which in reality just talk over the real news, which can be found on the internet by reading. So that is now where I get all my news, I read about two hours a day and sometimes more. I find it much more informative to search things out myself than to rely on corporate run intertainment news.


    I do think it is important to keep up on what is going on around us, but the other side of that coin is: the time spent gains us very little in return and we cannot change much by reading it either. Damned if you do and damned if you don't, kinda thing !!! ha !!
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    Aug 24, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    I find it the opposite. I think it reflects badly that a person doesn't watch the news because they don't like hearing the bad stuff. It's like trying to skew your own view so that it's pretty.

    I think not watching the news out of lack of interest (or watching it regardless of good/bad) is more honest.
  • JP85257

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    Aug 24, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    I cant read the "news paper" here because it is so biased its disgusting.
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    Aug 24, 2011 7:12 AM GMT
    I do watch a lot of the news on tv (here in Denmark our tv news are still quite a good way of being informed).

    But I can understand why people in the US would prefer reading a paper or going on-line for news.
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    Aug 24, 2011 7:33 AM GMT
    I let Chelsea Lately give me the news...and try to watch CNN until it's too stressful. So thats once a week.
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    Aug 24, 2011 10:17 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidMany here in the USA consider "Jon Stewart" and "Stephen Colbert" and "Bill Mahr" to be "news" shows... you'll notice them posting clips here quite often when discussing "the news" because these comedians have the same political views as they do.


    P.S. You're way too nice to be posting here. You've been warned! icon_wink.gif


    Uh ... vain attempt at making clips of Colbert and Stewart irrelevant SB?

    icon_wink.gif They aren't the News they make COMEDY from the News
    because .... and they don't make fun only of the right
    but because you guys at places like FOX need to be laughed at

    Somebody's gotta do it right? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    I have a friend who is actually a news broadcaster and I'm constantly shocked at his lack of knowledge of the news. I'm constantly having to tell him what's going on in the world and who people are. It's stunning.