Okay, boys and girls....the fact that you are reading this means you are getting something absolutely free. For good or bad, it's free. So now I'm asking for something.
I want to hear from you. I want you to use the comments section to tell me where you get your news. Please, no one word answers. Tell me where you get your news and why you choose that source.
Because I'm retired, and have lots of time on my hands, I read a lot of news. I usually arise no later than 4AM and turn on CNBC, the financial news channel, only because that's the least offensive before I've buck up with at least one cup of coffee. I then sit down at the computer, hit the buttons that more widely distribute my blog, then go to the online Arizona Republic newspaper. I spend less than ten minutes there, then move over to read an online local CBS affiliate's news site. From both local sites I cover all the local mess and mayhem the locals have committed over the last 24 hours.
I then move over to the San Diego Tribune to see what's happening in my former home. Then, I move to Yahoo News and am forced to cull the few hard news items from all the froth Yahoo offers; stuff like the size of Kardashian's butt and George Clooney's love life. Even with all the froth I have the added task of ignoring the many, many commercial ads interspersed with hard news. Yuck. Yahoo is my favorite place to read Sports and Finance. So I check out how my favorite baseball teams are doing, glance at MLB stats and standings. Then, if it's after 5AM, I move to the Yahoo Finance page to check on my stocks and who's buying out who today and read an article or two about how much farther along our economy would be without Obama.
I then move to USA Today Online and work my way through all of their news articles, both foreign and national, then spend no more than five minutes each on USA TODAY's Sports, Life, Business, and Tech sections.
Finally, I go to Google News which opens up a vast number of sources for news. I've customized that site to let Google know what news I like to read. Google News sends me to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, the L.A. Times as well as news articles from the weekly news and information magazines. I get most of my hard news directly from the Google News site and I go there throughout the day to read news updates.
I read a hard copy of the newspaper twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays.
I get very little of my news from TV. Throughout the day, while writing a story, or this blog, I might have Fox News or a local news station running in the background, usually for no more than five minute increments. The only serious "viewer time" I donate to TV is Fox's "The Five" and maybe ten minutes or so each of Greta Van Sustern and "The Kelly File", just cause she's so damn hot.
For serious reflection, on current events and history, I give most of my viewing time to all three C-Span channels or an occasional PBS documentary. (I really try to ignore PBS's almost manic focus on the ethnic and poor sob stories that are no more than liberal propaganda...those shows never attribute human misery with the miserable's own personal initiative or life choices.
Well, that's it for me! Now I want to hear from you! I respect my regular followers and am really interested in hearing from you. Please note that I have sometimes asked for input from you and the responses have been poor and paltry. BUT, I know many of you now so if you choose to be lazy and not respond, I'm not above going over to your house and bopping you on the forehead or toilet papering your house!