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Old 01-09-2015, 12:24 AM   #11
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I'm in Kern County, which borders Los Angeles County. I usually watch the televised L.A. news once in the evening. After that, if there are any weather or top story updates that interest me, I go online.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:33 AM   #12
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Yep! That's him!

What a doofus.

Steve, you must be so proud!
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Old 01-09-2015, 11:52 AM   #13
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It bugs me when at least part of the news program is telling the viewer what they're going to see in the next segment. Also, the news is filled with too much 'soft' stuff -- diets, etc. So often I find myself saying, 'That was news?' And please, please stop showing pictures of hypodermic needles being stuck into people, especially crying children.

Andy, I do believe you've struck a nerve.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:07 PM   #14
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...Andy, I do believe you've struck a nerve.

I believe you are correct!

I was afraid I was alone in this.
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Old 01-09-2015, 12:40 PM   #15
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My only advice is two fold. Turn off the TV or get cable or satellite so you can watch what you like.
I can have the TV on all day with not one bit of news. But there is no getting away from commercials.

I watch our local news from 5:00 to 5:30 and have three choices.
That's enough for me.

My BIL watches faux news from the moment he wakes up until his wife turns off the TV at night.
The guy lives this. He is a walking, talking, power house of BS that never stops.
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Old 01-09-2015, 01:15 PM   #16
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My only advice is two fold. Turn off the TV or get cable or satellite so you can watch what you like...
I have cable. That doesn't really help.

Not being a recluse or hermit. I have some need to stay current with what's going on in the world, I have to watch SOMETHING. It's just that the options suck.

SO doesn't want to miss a news broadcast. As much as I point out that not much changes from 6:00 to 11:00, she can't miss it.

I just zone out and play blackjack on the computer to get ready for vacation.
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:12 PM   #17
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...Apparently, here in New England, the weather is super super important. We get a weather snippet in the first five minutes and another about five minutes after that, then a full-blown report about 15-17 minutes in, then a closing report at the end of the half hour...
First, "we" have to panic about what might be coming. Some day. Then we have to panic about what might be about to happen between noon and five. Or five and six. And then. goodness!, what if a snowflake falls between 6:30 PM and the start of the late-night news? Well, we need to interrupt the show you're watching to let you know a flake has been spotted in the air! I miss the old days, when you looked out the window and just knew to put your boots and gloves on...

FWIW, we haven't noticed quite the same level of weather obsession with the Cleveland stations when we're back home. They do go heavy-handed during the regular news but cover what appears to be a full day's worth of local news during the broadcast. When we're in Florida, I think they just use a seasonally-appropriate rerun of an earlier forecast. Weather doesn't change much there, nor in Phoenix.

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...I just zone out and play blackjack on the computer to get ready for vacation.
How many days, Andy? I'm sure you are counting.
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...How many days, Andy? I'm sure you are counting.

January 21st we leave.
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Steve, you must be so proud!
Actually, he came from Edmonton, Alberta originally. I wonder if Alix knows him.
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