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geekgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:53 AM
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I haven't watched the news since 11/2- How about you?
Am I a freak?

Before 11/2 I watched the news constantly- CSPAN, MSNBC, CNN, BBC etc... My evening line ups included Hardball and Countdown. Every morning I'd watch the news while Friday nights I would watch Real Time and NOW with Bill Moyers.

Now its been almost 2 weeks and I still haven't turned on any news. I read news online, and listen to the radio. Instead, I watch TLC and the cooking channel.

Anyone else the same?

At some point I'll have to start watching again- I study the media primarily so I have to see what is being spun, how things are being framed. I just can't deal with it yet.
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Aunt Anti-bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:54 AM
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1. Not really.
I did tune in to CNN the morning of Arafat's funeral but that was it for me.
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Shoeempress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:55 AM
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2. Ditto. Can barely watch TDS. Seem to be getting more depressed lately,
but then Hubby is out of town, so that's probably part of it.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:56 AM
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3. No, you are not alone...I don't have cable so I didn't watch
MSRNC or CNN or Faux....

I now get my news from LBN and GD. I have a Palm Tungsten C so I get stuff on avantgo. I primarily read the Guardian and Alternet on avantgo.

I don't want to hear about how wonderful George W is and about the fundies. I am SICK of them and their lies.
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whodiedandmadeUSgod Donating Member (503 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:56 AM
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4. I won't watch either
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 08:59 AM by whodiedandmadeUSgod
but I feel very informed thanks to DU!
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:56 AM
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5. I've watched some
but I don't follow it like I did before. It's not required. Besides I read so much on the web that the TV version is just a rehash anyway.
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Cerridwen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:57 AM
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6. Nope, I haven't. Surfed passed it a couple of times on the way
to SciFi or West Wing.

I quit watching news many years ago. Started up again during this election campaign to stay up with all the talking points. I've gone back to a news black-out from anything other than DU.

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eleonora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:58 AM
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7. I browse the major news sites but I don't watch TV
I haven't in a long time....just a little PBS once in a while to catch the BBC news.
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:58 AM
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8. I now get my news from DU and Jon Stewart.
The only sources for fair and balanced coverage!
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BlueManDude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:59 AM
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9. Didn't watch before and I ain't watching now.
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Cherie59 Donating Member (92 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:59 AM
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10. only get news from DU and FSTV
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Touchdown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:00 AM
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11. I watched NOW and Daily Show, but that's it.
I usually TiVo Dan Rather and Ted Koppel, but I just don't want to watch either lately.

Oh' well. The World will just have to spin without my knowing about it.
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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:00 AM
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12. Same here

will not watch any cable news... I make an exception for Keith
Olbermann, no network or local news either.
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GOPFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:02 AM
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13. Nope
Every morning I check out Washingtonpost.com for headlines and the occasional article that looks pertinent, but then I go dirctly to DU. I just don't trust the network TV news.
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Dem Agog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:05 AM
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14. Nope!
I only watch TDS and Olbermann.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:05 AM
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15. I haven't watched since the 2000 election, after which I had
cable cut off.

I now get only CBS (clearly), PBS (intermittently) and NBC (poorly).

Although I was glad to get cable "news" out of my life, I missed the movies and sports at first. Soon, however, I was glad to have both out of my life. What few films I want to watch, I buy on DVD when they are released. Not only have I regained much time which was being wasted, I figure I'm saving about $1000 a year, money which will come in handy as the Bush* recession continues.

I now get all my news over the Internet, checking first thing every morning with the European papers, UK's THE GUARDIAN in particular. And of course I go over the headlines from Bush Watch and check in with DU.
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PoiBoy Donating Member (842 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:06 AM
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16. Local news for local updates...
change the channel when they do national or international updates... absolutely no cable or network news allowed in the house, even the kids turn the channel when the media whores come on...

DU and BuzzFlash are my favorite sources for news now..
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:07 AM
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17. cnn headline news
plus my new discovery,cctv-china news and programming in english its a new station on dishnet...
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HEAVYHEART Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:14 AM
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18. It gets easier with time
I was a news junkie and watched every friggin news channel every single day, hour, minute, etc.. up until the morning of November 3rd. I couldn't watch anything after that because it hurt too much.

But when Olbermann started talking about voter fraud, I started watching again, only to watch his show specifically. But the other night I kept the tv on after Olbermann finished, and it didn't bother me one bit to watch the other bullshit that followed his show. I surprised myself that I was able to watch without feeling disgust.

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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:23 AM
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19. me too
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Skarbrowe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:23 AM
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20. I don't even watch The Daily Show anymore.


I've watched a small bit of news, but that's all. I've seen about 30 minutes of Tweety and maybe two NBC Nightly News shows. It's actually a kind of "free" feeling. I was so tied to all the news shows for the last three years or so. Now, I don't care. No more nervousness around 6pm trying to make sure I catch Tom Brokaw on NBC at 6:30 PM. No juggling things around Hardball.

I'm free! I'm free!

I do read some news on the net and information posted here on the DU and a few other sites I visit.

TV news. Little to none.

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Sperk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:25 AM
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21. except for parts of Olberman....no, I refuse to sit there and watch
them lie to me over and over again. ENOUGH!!! Being free of television news does wonders for your blood pressure.
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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:28 AM
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22. I cut myself off the afternoon of Nov. 3. Haven't been back.
I still know what's happening, thanks to DU and online alt media. Experienced an instant drop in my nausea level, and the dogs don't have to crawl under the sofa anymore to get away from me screeching at the set.
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Florida_Geek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:36 AM
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23. Nope
DU and other real news sources. BBC...
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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:52 AM
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24. Me too
I watched the news all the time for several months prior to the election. Haven't watched it since.

Their failure to discuss the need to investigate this election, with the possibility of overturning it, is more than I can stand. As far as I'm concerned, there is no national issue of comparable priority. Anyone who believes differently is living in a different mode of reality than I am.

What is particularly depressing for me is to hear the Democrats talk about what they need to change in order to be competative in future elections. I believe that that is so counter-productive. As far as I can see they will never again be competative unless they become Republicans or somehow counter the cheating. If they don't contest this election, I don't see how they'll ever do that.
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:58 AM
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25. I watch the news all the time.
Sometimes I get really frustrated with it. I especially get frustrated with our local news.
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charlyvi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:05 AM
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26. You're not a freak.
I've tried to watch it; before the election I believed that the reason most people voted for shrub was because they were not informed voters, so I wanted to make sure I kept abreast of the issues. Since he won, though, I've indulged in the same ignorant blackout. It just hurts too much, reading and listening to the ways in which shrub and his ilk are raping this country, with the media going along with it, smiling all the while. When I read my lefty sites, it hurts in a different way--everyone trying to make the best out of a truly horrible situation. I guess this is one of the stages of grief, I don't know. I do know that enough people in this country voted against this regime to make it impossible for this right wing fascism to go on for long. Christian fundies are not the majority population of this country. I daresay there are as many people quitting these cult-like sects as are joining them, but this is just my own opinion. Americans are rebellious by nature; this will not stand. But for now, it hurts like hell. Maybe after the inauguration, we'll enter the anger stage; or, more exactly the enraged stage and face all the media bias again. We will take back the country again.
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Lefty48197 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:14 AM
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27. Full speed ahead Geekgrrl
I'm TV news free (I still watch the local news) and I don't miss a damned thing. Considering I was the original 24 hour news junkie, that says a lot. Nope, don't miss it one bit.
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Tom_Foolery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:18 AM
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28. No news for me either...
I have watched Olbermann a couple times to hear his story about vote fraud, but that has been it.
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kitkatrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:19 AM
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29. You're not a freak sweetie.
:) The only news I watch on TV is The Daily Show. I get the rest from DU and other internet sources.
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kitkatrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:19 AM
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30. Whoopsie.
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 11:19 AM by kitkatrose
:)
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:21 AM
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31. yes I am a news freak anD still watch but I am switching channels
a lot more. I am probably watching more movies because I have a harder and harder time watching Iraq news and what is coming out of Washington.
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SideshowScott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:29 AM
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32. Ditto, Ive been on news blackout since 11/2 i feel great
i really dont have any urge to watch people who KNOW that Bush is a horrible person and lied LOTS cover up for him..They are very guilty of helping him get into office so I hope that MANY MANY people follow suit and turn off cable news and thire ratings tank
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sundog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:34 AM
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33. I'm sick with it - I can barely watch
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:54 AM
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34. December 13, 2000 - last newswatching for me. read LBN though
and Pundit Pap from apj, and listen to AAR.
Other than that, teevee is for movies.
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Hans Delbrook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:13 PM
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35. I haven't even read a newspaper
That includes on line newspapers and web sites. I never even looked at Yahoo "headlines" until yesterday. I haven't even been able to watch the Daily Show.

I know I have to pull my head out of the sand soon but it's just so painful to contemplate what my country has turned into.
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geekgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:23 PM
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42. also no newspapers for me!
I glanced at one at the bus stop the other day and it had * on it and I almost lost my breakfast. No internet news sites other than commondreams and no Daily Show. I don't really want to laugh about this sorry state of affair either!
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Hans Delbrook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:33 PM
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44. It reminds me of when my dog died.
I was blaming myself (long story) and the pain was just searing and continuous. I said to my husband (then boyfriend) "I feel like I'll never smile again - ever."

I got over that so I guess I'll get over this but I'll have to see the rotting corpse of this failure every day for the next 4 years.
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nonconformist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:16 PM
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36. Nope.
I'm still in self-preservation mode.
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Kathleen04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:45 PM
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37. Nope
I wasn't much into TV news before, but I stopped picking up my daily newspaper. Right now I'm just picking up the headlines of whats going on..I'm still watching comedy shows like The Daily Show which actually do fill in the gaps.
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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:48 PM
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38. I'm going cable news free, too.
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DuckFan4ever Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:51 PM
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39. Hey geekgrrrl....
there hasn't been a lot to watch on the news anyhow, unless you want to hear steady doses of Scott Peterson.
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geekgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:22 PM
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41. oh yeah that's right- haven't missed the Peterson trial!! n/t
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Chovexani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:55 PM
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40. Me either.
I just can't do it. My head is completely in the sand and I'm more than slightly ashamed.

For now I've been catching up with some video games and TV shows I put aside to work on the election. I need to heal a bit first before I jump back into the fray, and that stuff is like comfort food to me.
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Jack Schitt Donating Member (535 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:28 PM
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43. Hell no.
The news is lame. The news anchors/executives talk about what they want to talk about w/o consideration for what the viewer wants to see. Therefore, we get to see the same shit on the news for many days at a time (ie Laci Peterson stuff, Arafat dying, etc.).

Same shit, different day.

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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 08:34 PM
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45. I haven't watched the news since January 2001.
The inauguration was coincidental; I became single again after many years. Since I didn't have to share the tv, radio, stereo, or computer, I promptly turned on only those things I wanted to take up my time and space. TV news went into the round file.
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