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21 December 2010

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Cal

I'am with you.
I already gave them all up.
Sick of them.
I watch BBC which is a bit better.

John Minnerath

I'm so sick of the drivel, news and otherwise, that comes out of the major commercial networks, I refuse to look at any of them.

bubba

"Extremely low ratio of information per viewing hour."

Very well put!

CK,
The program you're thinking of is Mosaic, on LinkTV. It was less bland a few years ago, but still a nice digest.

Since we're all making fun of the news media, these must be posted - send us your reckons, alien invasion

Robb

I gave up on TV news a long time ago. I think that CNN peaked during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 it was downhill after that.

Blogs, foreign newspapers, a few magazines is where I get my news but TV "news" is a joke.

ThomasOfNY

BBC World News has been where I got to for actual news. FNC is where I go when I want to get irritated by fools.

Too bad I don't get Al Jazerra TV, maybe that will change in the future.

walrus

TV "News" is an oxymoron. The Web is quicker and more accurate.

Phil Giraldi

Al Jazeera if you can get it, BBC News (London based world news is better than BBC America but even BBC America is better than any US news outlet). Antiwar.com for a nice bunch of stories that you won't see in the MSM or would have to search to find. Re the Pollard story, it is not even being reported in most places... He will go free and the MSM will be silent.

Guamguy

CNN, Faux News and MSNBC aren't really "news" channels; I consider them "infotainment" at best. AlJazeera is part of our basic cable service on Guam and I've been impressed by their reporting. I'm curious how many cable service providers in the US offer AlJazeera.

Allen Thomson


Our TV is warmed up maybe a couple of times a month to watch a movie via Roku or DVD or rabbit ears. No cable, ever.

News comes via the computer: Washington Post, Washington Times, NYT, Drudge, various blogs.

Used to be that I had some favorite weekly shows, but those have kind of fallen away. You have to think about how you're going to spend your remaining hours on this earth, and watching TV isn't a good way to do it.


The Twisted Genius

For those in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, I recomment MHz TV on channel 30. It's free TV offering ten channels of world news including Al Jazeera, NHZ World, Taiwan News, RT, France 24, Euronews and others. You just need a digital converter and, perhaps, an antenna.

We realized how myopic and superficial TV news was in the states while stationed in Europe for six years. Hearing news from a European perspective was enlightening.

Fred

Here's an interesting twist on wikileaks:http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-22/wikileaks-joins-forces-with-billionaire-lebedev-gorbachev.html

Phil, I hope you are wrong about Pollard but given Obama's lack of a spine I shouldn't be surprised.

Jake

The late great American Republic... RIP!

CK

On Link TV
Al Jezerra world news 10 pm est
Mosiad 10:30 pm est ( and various other times throughout the day )

J

Here's a condensed version of history that was sent to me. Enjoy.


Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1 . Liberals
2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days tracking and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement...

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.. Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Miller. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks,construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively.

Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history:

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to
angrily respond to the above before forwarding it.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.

And there you have it. Let your next action reveal your true self... I'm going to have another beer.

different clue

For those living close to the Canadian border, CBC might be a good news source.
I used to watch the CBC news
before CBC was dropped from my ultra-budget cable package. (I believe in those days it was divided between the "National" and the "Journal"). Anyway, it was better quality news than a lot of American networks carried, and also it showed what was important
to a whole other country. Not just a different take on
the news, but a whole other bunch of entirely different news.

(By the way, I see that in my last comment suggesting Acres USA as an admittedly-agricentric newsmonthly magazine to look into, I offered what turns out to have been a worthless link to nowhere. Hopefully I might be permitted to try again with this better link to Acres USA itself.
http://www.acresusa.com/magazines/magazine.htm
As mentioned, they will send a single free issue to someone interested to see. Also, their website offers a few articles and interviews so one can get a sense of some of the things they follow and write about.
As an example of how far afield they sometimes go . . . they once ran a little article about a Guy Debord and some other French intellectuals who called themselves the "Situationists". They made a very good case as to why that was relevant to understanding the state of public awareness today. That was the first time I had ever heard about the "Situationists" or about
"Guy Debord". )

SFA

Stream Aljzeera & many other 24 Hrs Live for free over your broadband.

http://www.livestation.com/

This what i do if i need to watch aljzeera. Great comment section if you want to interact with other viewers.
And this is not an ad...
Visiting this blog for a long time & this is my first comment.

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