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Re: Viewing habits?

Many of what used to be independent news organizations are now just divisions or acquisitions of global companies...is it NBC that is owned by General Electric, for example?  They makle a point fo telling you this on some reporting, but I am sure it has csome effect, at least as an undercurrent of influence.  

 

My absolute favorite "talk" show is "Morning Joe."  I only get to watch bits  and pieces of that, but have not much tolerance at all for the rest.  Occasonally, Dylan Ratigan hits on a gem - his "America is being extracted" rage was reminiscent of Dennis Miller's old "Rants." 

 

If I could pick only one show to watch with current events at its core, it would be "Colbert Report", and "The Daily Show" is a very close second.   The "correspondents" on that second one are out of this world funny. 

 

Colbert wins, because he has actually taken a participatory role in elections and the PAC/SuperPAC shenanigans. If there is any better way to show up the systemic rot, I cannot imagine what it would be....

 

 

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 In this business of controll corperate broadcasting things can still get turned upside down---ask Rupert Murdock ?

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Kay,

 

news-----------I still search for news without spin and it is illusive, just want data.  Find myself on BBC and bloomberg more and the rest is local news.

 

entertainment----Colbert is tough to beat, but I'd change chanel for a skelton, Carson or jerry lewis rerun.

 

Otherwise, ---------anything without a commercial.  even if we gotta record.------------I always considered them a waste of time, but its hatred now.-------Viagra and its clones were the last straw.    

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I listen to news and commentary very sparingly.  For subjects I'm involved in, like agriculture, aviation, amateur radio and the military, I tend to go to trade sources.  For general news, Google News is my main source, where I choose from the many articles on any given topic.  I have quite a list of special categories set up to filter for news I'm interested in, such as China, Germany, Agruculture, Aviation, Mobile Technology and many more.

If Americans really wanted to get a wide perspective, they'd check in with several of the English language sources from Tokyo, Berlin, Peking, Moscow, Mambai, Johannesburg, and so on.  But when Americans say they get a variety of news sources, it's usually a variety of American perspectives, not world views.

 

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   My present favorite show is The 5 at 5pm on Fox.  Otherwise mostly Fox business or CNBC, especially Larry Kudlow.  I just bought a new pickup with XM radio free for a while.  I discovered the radio classics channel so I may continue to pay for it after the initial free period.

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The problem is, the media have gotten enamored with stories like how farmers are so wealthy right now, and that perception becomes the truth for every person in ag in America. It is just one more form of gross oversimplification and resultant stereotyping. 

 

If every acre we owned was worth $20,000, we would be fools not to cash it in.  The whole antibiotics use causing human epidemic or pandemic conditions is another one.  I will admit, I am concerned about organphosphates myself, especially since my pulmonologist mentioned the issue to me last year. 

 

The list goes on...enough information to make you wonder/worry.  Not enough to give you really sound science.  You have to ask yourself why....

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Excellent points, Jim. 

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First I was going to say I only watch a local news program at supper time but had to replace that notion when I thought about it a moment.

I do have a different media to watch than you have plus much of what you see on our "cable" which comes to us on our telephone fibre optic 'cable'.

So I watch the evening news at supper usually then we often get hooked into what used to be Corner Gas and has been replaced lately by Big Bang Theory.

Some evenings I watch a news/information program on TVO Ontario's public television program and that is pretty well the end of television for me.

If I decide to sit for an evening and TV is not occupied I would tune into one of several channels like Discovery (and I can not even name others I watch them so seldom) or TVO again looking for an informative program. And sometimes sit in on at least part of a movie that someone else tuned in to watch.

BBC news is often good too.

 

Most of my 'media' and lots of it is 'viewing' would be this internet.

Try to cover a large range of sites but look for info not entertainment.

Opinions are OK but they have to be fact based not just venting.

 

I do not expect to find agriculture programs on media here. Used to have them but numbers say there is not enough audience to warrant them here. Heck we used to have lots of good local news programs that godd chunks of international news. Now most stations are owned by a network and we get the same feeds and many of those use mostly canned US clips. Cheaper than digging out their own stories I guess.

CBC still covers Canada reasonably well but does not have as much news gathering outside Canada as they used to.


We have gone to the 500 channels and nothing to watch.

 

So here I sit looking through the internet and listening to CBC radio on the computer.

That is probably the future as I understand you can even download movies now.

 

And here is a clip I just watched before I stopped here 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2012/01/11/toronto-viral-video-doctor-health.html

And as it indicated I need exercise so high of 0 degrees today and sun, better go cut some wood before it gets greasy in the woodlot again.

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Along those same lines, often when I read a news story about a subject of which I have direct knowledge or a more thorough than average understanding, I'm amazed how many errors are in these stories.

 

It is almost scary to think about all the errors that must be in other stories of which I just have a passing knowledge.

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Speaking of satellite radio; I got the free use of a vehicle for several days when an individual collided with my parked pickup truck.  Insurance let me use it while it was fixed.  It had satellite radio.  The problem with it is their programming is limited to only certain songs in each category, ie., religious channel was songs and hymns that might have been sung 70 years ago, in Mobile, Alabama.  In my opinion, choice is limited to what you get to hear.  At least that was my experience.  I didn't have the truck long enough to really check it out and see what it could provide, but that's my story for now.

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