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Do you watch TV news?

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Do you watch TV news?

Yes, it is my main source of current affairs
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7%
Yes, but I put it into context with other sources
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28%
Only if I feel like being lied to
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17%
No, I stay informed by newspapers and other printed media
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No, I stay informed by online sources
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Ignorance is bliss
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 27 Jan 2014, 04:51
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 08:48
I haven't had a tv for a while now, but tuned into a news bulletin online recently. I don't know if it was typical content, but half of the 30minute programme was people complaining about bad weather and how nobody official was coming round to help them. I found it lurid and uninformative to say the least, I'm just curious to know, am I the only one.
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 12:33
I have a TV at home but I never watch the news, except when you have special events such as elections.
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 12:39
Of course I do but it is all full of revisionist lies.


The only TV news you can trust is that put out by the state in China/Cuba/Vietnam/Laos/North Korea.

Delete as applicable and your level of insanity.

I use a variety of sources, BBC news, Daily Mirror, Guardinan, internet.
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 13:41
No, I stay informed by online sources, the media coverage of the Boston bombings turned me off from TV news in general, as that was a prime example of how news outlets are willing to drag a cat by its tail to get ratings by creating a stupid narrative around everything to follow, the heroes, the victims, the culprits, etc. Same thing with the radio, really, sometimes when I'm in traffic driving home from uni, I don't want to know what a traumatic amputation is and how many had to have been performed as a result of the terrorist attack. Also, as curious as people might be about the bomber, don't put it on the front page of every newspaper in the country and into every other news segment, he was an asshole and he does not deserve to have his name known, we have already handed over all our personal information to Google, you might as well use the search feature for your own benefit. [/rant]

Generally I try to not follow the news as it just raises my blood pressure, unless something important happens, and even then it usually just makes me angry, such as stuff about violations/curtailing of labor rights, women's rights and civil rights. I also sometimes follow news cycles in Russia/Ukraine/Syria as it's far away and serves as palate cleanser. I used to follow the Central African Republic news but it's too depressing now, and I can only take DPRK news in short bursts as when you start following it daily, you begin to feel like you live there and don't even want to read anything else because you are genuinely curious about what Kim Jong-Un is up to today, what new factories have opened or improved, how Juche or Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism has been glorified in a Myanmar newspaper, and what libel and treachery the south Korean US imperialist puppets have come up with this time.

Yami wrote:
Of course I do but it is all full of revisionist lies.


The only TV news you can trust is that put out by the state in China/Cuba/Vietnam/Laos/North Korea.

Delete as applicable and your level of insanity.

I use a variety of sources, BBC news, Daily Mirror, Guardinan, internet.


Xinhua is a pretty okay news agency though?
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 13:48
I watch tv news and treat it as my main source - I simply just subvert what is being told and find out later that others corroborate what I believe to be a more faithful account.

Oh yeah, I'm genuinely curious Yami: where exactly in the UK are you and how old are you? I'm 25 and in Hull. In other words, what droid number are you?
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 17:48
I very, very rarely watch television anymore. I might watch a bit of Stewart, Colbert, or Rachel Maddow, but that's about it. The only time I'll watch live network news is during the election cycle, or if I need reports on the weather or some especial catastrophe a la 9/11. The rest of the time, I pretty much surf the net and pick up news as it breaks.
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 20:15
I haven't had cable in three years (because I'm poor and drugs are more entertaining) so no I don't. Not that I'm missing anything.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 22 Oct 2004, 15:15
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 21:52
Yami wrote:
I use a variety of sources, BBC news, Daily Mirror, Guardinan, internet.


It's Grauniad.

Anyway, I never really watch the NOS Journaal (the 8 PM public broadcasters' news) these days. I used to watch it regularly, if only to get a decent overview in 30 minutes. But the dumbing down in order to compete with commercial broadcasters has become so ruthless that it has become impossible to watch for anyone who just wants to see the news.

I stopped watching regularly when they went full retard with a pointless recap of the first news item at the end, a mandatory "funny" human interest story about cute animals or whatever in every other broadcast (is this policy?), and when they decided that their anchors should no longer sit behind a desk, but prance across the screen for some obscure reason. Although that last bit did make it more fun when Sacha de Boer was still presenting:

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A gorgeous and classy lady. A highlight of the program was when she grilled the then director of the railways (salary: €733,000 a year) over yet another winter omnishambles with no trains running because of a small layer of snow. Now that she's gone, there is absolutely no reason to watch any more.

Another low point was the US election in 2012, when they treated those of us who were interested enough in American politics to stay up all night (i.e. people who may be a bit obsessed with America, but grown-up enough not to be condescended to) with this crap:

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I don't know if you can see it clearly in this picture, but what's behind the news reader (after just declaring that the previous election was between McCain and Romney) is an actual virtual horse-racing track with a little CGI mechanical donkey and elephant running against each other as the amount of electoral votes from each state came in. They even made squeaky noises. What's the point of using public broadcasting money to report on the US election all night, if you're going to make this?

Their reporters are useless shits too. There's this one guy who reports on EU politics in such a biased way that you can only wonder how he hasn't choked on the cocks of all the Eurocrats yet. Watching him go on is enough to make even the most left-wing person vote for a Farage or Wilders, simply out of spite. He had this one report about the increase of the EU budget, where he ranted and raved that it was the best idea ever, because the increase only amounted to €0.70 per citizen per day. "Only half a cup of coffee in the cafetaria!" There's also this lady who reports on national politics, but who also has a newspaper column in which she goes on and on about her hatred for leftist politicians and the wonders of austerity.

So yes, I guess you can say that I don't watch the news.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 10 Sep 2006, 22:05
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Post 12 Feb 2014, 22:48
Yeah what the shit did happen to news anchors sitting behind desks? I hate modern news formats for sure. It would be nice if they actually put some news in there.
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Post 13 Feb 2014, 01:43
I watch Al Jazeera online, read the Guardian online, and receive MK, Izvestia and AiF newspapers. My tv's been off since about 2008, lol
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Post 13 Feb 2014, 08:35
It's a bit all or nothing for me, if there's a tv in the house I'll watch it, even if it is mindless crap, I'll find the least mindnumbing and watch that.
I miss it sometimes, like with the Olympics, or snooker of all things, but missing those is better than the alternative for me.

I don't get a newspaper, maybe my local freebie one at times, but I do have subscriptions to a few things that I eventually read. Mostly I get my info by internet. I have a load of RSS feeds set up, and could still use more. Xinhua are a bit hit and miss, but trying to get overseas services in english will be I suppose.

Of course, the question wasn't meant to be stringently accurate. Visiting net forums for a bit of discussion is kind of taken as granted.
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Post 19 Feb 2014, 22:56
I don't have a TV in my dorm and don't really watch it at home, but I'll occasionally view Al-Jazeera America and the Daily Show/Colbert Report online. The Young Turks might count too, since they did have a short-lived TV show.

I don't consider watching them horrible, if you recognize their biases and interpret them in light of that. So, for example, you definitely have to recognize the mainstream liberal bias in The Daily Show/Colbert Report, the social democratic bias in The Young Turks, and the liberal (on American issues) and Qatari bourgeois interests (on Middle Eastern ones) bias in Al-Jazeera.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 02:42
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but I'll occasionally view Al-Jazeera America

Did that start airing only very recently? For a while (under Bush?) it was obstructed or something.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 03:13
I don't watch TV news, complete garbage and I seem to ravage on about how it's filled with irrelevant things. Besides a shooting here or there, the news is obsessed with celebrities and entertainment. Tend to get my news from a variety of sources, RT, BBC, the Guardian.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 18:10
Fact is, once you're looking at something on the TV, almost every part of your concentration is active, it also demands you adopt a sedentary stance/slouch for the time the TV's on. It's just so easy to digest information and make your own mind up as you go along, rather than relying on texts all the time, which is useful for stories not covered in the news or to supplement an understanding, but ultimately very time consuming.
Looking at the recent natural disasters in the UK, it's easy to watch a bit of footage, some stupid vox pops and have someone read a readily understandable script, rather than wading (pun intended) through the stories that terrible local newspapers pump (again) out. Add to this what I already know about flood response in the UK having been flooded before...twice, the recent massive cuts to the organisations responsible for relief, rescue and prevention, I can get a very rounded picture of what the hell is going on.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 18:18
Yes, it's my daily 30 minutes of hate session. Shame you can't throw slippers on these new LCD TVs anymore.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 18:19
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Did that start airing only very recently? For a while (under Bush?) it was obstructed or something.

Yeah, it just started airing last year. It only started to air when Al Gore's old CurrentTV, which was basically "MSNBC without the Obama fetish and with even less viewers," was bought up.
Al-Jazeera lessened its explicit political slant, giving it a more BBC-like presentation.

I should add that I occasionally look at RT videos on YouTube. I like their contrarian bent towards Western foreign policy, it's a breath of fresh air even if it's obviously selective in which states it criticizes. I can get plenty of criticism of Russia itself from any other news channel.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 18:32
I find the fact they turn a blind eye to the brutality of the Central Asian states and Iran quite amusing, actually. The again, Al Jazeera is amazingly selective in ignoring what the hell's going on in Saudia Arabia (the true "Hermit Kingdom"!), Press TV (banned in the UK) is the only station that looks at how horrid it really is there.
Bias is everywhere, of course it is, and it's also present in newspapers - not just in broadcasts!
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 21:03
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I should add that I occasionally look at RT videos on YouTube. I like their contrarian bent towards Western foreign policy, it's a breath of fresh air even if it's obviously selective in which states it criticizes. I can get plenty of criticism of Russia itself from any other news channel.

Yeah, their "pro-Russian" segment is terrible (or hilarious), their alter-view on the west is alright, but is tending towards conspirology/libertarianism.
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Post 20 Feb 2014, 21:38
sans-culotte wrote:
Yeah, their "pro-Russian" segment is terrible (or hilarious), their alter-view on the west is alright, but is tending towards conspirology/libertarianism.

They have plenty of sane people too; Noam Chomsky is a not-infrequent guest. On the social democratic left, Cenk Uygur and Naomi Wolf are also frequent contributors. But when they have the Alex Jones types on, which is definitely too often, it's always great for entertainment value.

I could say the same thing of PressTV, which is amazing at capturing the horrors that take place under the region's US-backed regimes, but which ignores Iran's own serious problems. Though I can hear about that anywhere else, which is why I don't mind much. And which has the American Free Press/closeted-Nazi crowd and LaRouche movement members as "contributors," which while nothing I support is always fun to watch.
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