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Viewing habits?

Whether you deem yourself a liberla or conservative, do you feel that you tailor your TV viewinf habits to only views that concur with your own?  We are fairly conservative here, but I have MSNBC on much of hte day, listen to NPR on the car radio. 

 

A show I watch every week  - "Real Time with Bill Maher -- is probably as liberal an hour as there is om TV, but I like that he has guests with a broad spectrum of views.  He may treat the less liberal guests  like the blind pig who's found the proverbial acorn, when he can't help but agree with one of them; but, he gives Obama unshirted Hades on some accounts, too. 

 

I think listening to differing views makes me examine my own positions more in depth.  You can't counter your critics, unless you have heard what they have to say.  While this may not be a "farm business" topic directly, it is one in the sense that American Ag takes a lot of hits in the liberal media.  It would be sort of an ostrich exercise to ignore it. 

 

So, do you only listen to shows and commentary that agree with your own world view, or do you mix it up?

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No.

 

I view many sources in media. I do not get cable so I don't have many channels available, but I will listen to farm broadcast media on radio or the limited channels I get, listen to NPR.  "Wait, wait, don't tell me" is a slightly irreverent comedy program on public radio.  Slightly liberal bias there.  "Splendid Table" is a good cooking show.  An alleged farm policy expert, a professor from a New York or Boston university was interviewed there once.  Her anti traditional ag bias and ignorance of general agriculture was very evident, though I believe many urban listeners probably didn't even notice. 

 

I watch Charlie Rose.  Sometimes love Austin City Limits when they have good performers on like Norah Jones.  Her "Willie Nelson, farm aid" political stance bothers me, but she is a good composer and gifted singer and instrumentalist. 

 

Ironically, I do not like listening to Rush, though I listen once in a great while.  I think he is full of it.  Being a conservative, I understand those issues, but he is as much about playing political games and supporting ideas that for some reason are not friendly to ag nor to rural family values.  How can he support conservative philosophies without supporting agriculture?  His naivete about farming is not consistent with his brand of conservatism.  It's a "business" deserving as much respect for what it is and its contribution to the American ideal as anything else.

 

Jon Stuart or Colbert are excellent performers in the political satire routines they use.  Jon Stuart is good at poking fun at any politician's poor knowledge of public affairs or inconsistencies.  Bill Maher, for me, though often deserved, is slightly over the top when he publically disgraces them for their religious beliefs.  I get it.  Hypocrisy deserves the ill treatment he dishes out, but I think he's got a deep seated hatred for people who profess to be evangelical Christians.  Must have had an extremely negative experience earlier in life to have such hatred for them. 

 

I watched him last night while staying at a hotel for a business meeting with a commodity group.  He does have a good variety of guests as you say, but I think his intolerance for certain folks is an ironic and sad commentary on public people.  We are all for tolerance when we talk about you, but I can be as intolerant as I please, even while defending my free speech rights and condemning your rights.  In my opinion, he is as inconsistent about some things as the people he criticizes.  He's full of it as well.  But, that's just my opinion.

 

 

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Mager is entirely full of himself, and "it." To me, he is almost a caricature of liberalism, he is so exaggerated in it.  He does deliver some good lines occasionally, though. 

 

The whole "not getting ag' in the general media is what worries me.  For my perception, that tends to be worse the more liberal teh outlet, but conservatives are almost as bad, as you note. 

 

It is like everyone had this image of Ma and Pa Farmer, which is fine, but they assumed that our whole segment of the population got left behind somewherearound 1960...or, if not, 1860.   I have actually ahd some folks say, when I have introduced myself as a hog farmer, "No...really!" as though I was joking, and would soon 'fess up to my real calling. 

 

Irks the tar out of me.  When whole planning bides in state government will dedicate a day a week to the urban chicken movement - which I have been told in recent years some have done - you have to wonder who's on first...and, what the final score of this game will be. 

 

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The variety of news programming is an important part of our personal rights as a western culture and none of the networks have the exact profile to fit each and everyone---screaming   "extremism " and overweight political slants can be interesting only to a certain point and then become a self destruct mechanism sooner or later---one is probably better off not getting rank and file behind any  ""Judas goat "" ---several talking heads examples come to mind and the  ""E I B "" network laughs all the way to the bank --- if I had to endure 72 hours of continuous programming first choice " NPR "---    

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Before the day is over I will visit my Mother and turn to the speed channel with the  "" Barret Jackson "" auto auction ---Don't have much liking to some of that channels viewing and other times programming is fine---

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Fox News is on a lot at our house and the radio is on conservative talk most of the time, except we've stopped listening to Glenn Beck.  IMHO, he "jumped the shark" a couple years back.

 

So I probably don't get as much variety as I should, but I'm glad there are a variety of opinions on the airwaves these days.  The "fairness doctrine" or something like it would be a disaster.  The argument for it seems to be that "both sides" should get equal time.  That implies that there are only two sides to every issue.  In reality there are dozens if not hundreds of sides.

 

For instance, if a Democrat is on the air, what is the other side?  The obvious answer is a Republican, but then what about the Libertarians who have another viewpoint, and the Socialists, and so on. 

 

Or what if a Catholic was on the air and equal time had to be given?  Do you pick a Lutheran, Baptist, Muslim, Buddists, etc.?

 

It seems to me that whoever would get to decides what is "fair" under the "fairness doctrine" would rule the airwaves toward their biases.

 

In the United States we have a right to free speech, but not a right to be heard. 

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The thing about free speech that I have always observed: Just because Americans can pretty much say what they want to say doesn't mean anyone has to actually LISTEN to them.   

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why do you think the corporate media is the liberal media. Is there some logic to that claim or is that what you have always been told again again and again?

 

The corporate influence inthe media and in politics is overwhelming and I submit that the republican philosophy gets far more air time. They only feel slighted when they don't get it all.

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We bounce around quite a bit.  Only 2 programs are set for "record all episodes" and then watched dependably.  They would be The Dylan Ratigan Show and Modern Family.

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I don't think I would still be farming if tractors didn't have radios. When a teenager we had an open IHC 560 with a front mounted 4 row cultivator and radio! With no cab the radio had to be loud enough to hear it over the engine. And I wonder why I am deaf now..... That radio and others' radios could be heard for miles around.

 

I was on the cutting edge of talk radio. I was really tired (and older) of listening to the same songs every two hours. The Omaha radio stations hadn't heard of talk radio yet. I found the Mike Murphy show on KCMO from KC, MO.  He got me started, he was a legend, what a nut. You Missouri and Kansas people can relate. My rule for buying vehicles for a while back then was that the radio had to be able to pick up KCMO here in Nebr.

 

An Omaha station, KKAR, picked up Rush Limbaugh when he first went national. We stumbled on to his show there and have been listening ever since. What I have learned from all these hours on the tractor is to pick out the bias in the news. Whether it is Rush, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Bill O'Reilly or Katie Curic -- they all have their bias and you can pick it out. There are no Huntleys or Brinkleys any more.

 

I mostly listen to Fox News for TV news. My wife has to have her "NBC Nightly News." I figure if I am going to get biased news where ever I go I just as well listen to something I agree with. When I do watch Chris Matthews (to see what the other side is saying) I laugh out loud (is that LOL??? Smiley Happy. I imagine Chris laughs out loud when he watches Bill O"Reilly. (does Chris Matthews even know Fox News exists??).

 

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