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herding cats

(19,575 posts)
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 04:22 AM Feb 2022

Cable news: Who here still watches it?

I stopped mostly awhile back. I'm just curious if I'm an outlier here?


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Yes, I do regularly.
15 (33%)
Yes, I do but not as often.
7 (15%)
Yes when there's an evolving event taking place.
1 (2%)
Seldom, but still occasionally when I'm bored.
0 (0%)
I watch a few specific people, but don't watch as much as I used to.
2 (4%)
Never.
18 (39%)
Other.: explain, please.
3 (7%)
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Cable news: Who here still watches it? (Original Post) herding cats Feb 2022 OP
I took your poll with Cha Feb 2022 #1
Thank you, Cha! herding cats Feb 2022 #3
At least you're doing it.. Cha Feb 2022 #9
Rarely or never; when I do it's BBC World News and not CNN/MSNBC (n/t) Spider Jerusalem Feb 2022 #2
BBC always feels a bit different to me. herding cats Feb 2022 #5
BBC is subject to something like a "fairness doctrine". mwooldri Feb 2022 #15
other hardly ever orleans Feb 2022 #4
Fair enough. herding cats Feb 2022 #6
There's little cable news to watch. BBC is most available to us. Hortensis Feb 2022 #7
You are preaching to my choir. herding cats Feb 2022 #8
:) Oh, and they do. I used to watch a lot when younger before Hortensis Feb 2022 #10
I tried the digital version after True Blue American Feb 2022 #14
Yes, the paper's yesterday's news, but that was "the news" then. :) Hortensis Feb 2022 #24
I loved the newspaper. True Blue American Feb 2022 #29
Lol. My husband wouldn't go for two, and just one was a Hortensis Feb 2022 #30
Newspapers to kill weeds? True Blue American Feb 2022 #32
I wish I had the BBC. AngryOldDem Feb 2022 #31
I'm now a never. Turned it off in 2010. NewHendoLib Feb 2022 #11
I had to turn it off Trump, war, True Blue American Feb 2022 #12
I gave up on drama infotainment TV long ago. Sherman A1 Feb 2022 #13
I listen, rather than watch. mwooldri Feb 2022 #16
Well, yeah, that would be a problem.:) True Blue American Feb 2022 #34
does anyone under 50? pstokely Feb 2022 #17
I do and I'm under 50 Polybius Feb 2022 #23
About 3%-4% of the adult population watches cable news Kaleva Feb 2022 #18
My adult children and their cousins pay no attention at all to traditional television and radio. hunter Feb 2022 #28
My kids tell us True Blue American Feb 2022 #35
Complicated. I don't have cable access to MSNBC/CNN, but I do listen to TRMS, Nicolle Wallace & hlthe2b Feb 2022 #19
You do not need cable access, just use a free stream online. Celerity Feb 2022 #21
Never EYESORE 9001 Feb 2022 #20
Produced on cable, seen on livestream. 2naSalit Feb 2022 #22
Cable news is mainly an older viewer thing Sympthsical Feb 2022 #25
I've cut way back on MSNBC and CNN. Paladin Feb 2022 #26
Quit television news and opinion shortly after 9/11/2001. hunter Feb 2022 #27
American cable news is completely useless BannonsLiver Feb 2022 #33
My son calls it," 4 people sitting around True Blue American Feb 2022 #36
I used to be an MSNBC and CNN junkie until 2016 SoonerPride Feb 2022 #37
I've pretty much given it up. GoodRaisin Feb 2022 #38

herding cats

(19,575 posts)
3. Thank you, Cha!
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 04:30 AM
Feb 2022

You're wiser than I was. It took me many more years to finally put them completely to bed.

I'm a slow learner.

Cha

(299,313 posts)
9. At least you're doing it..
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 04:57 AM
Feb 2022

I had a low threshold for being gaslighted right to my face.

Wanted to throw bricks at them.. the internet and Social media were brilliant inventions... that I discovered also in 2002.. July!

herding cats

(19,575 posts)
5. BBC always feels a bit different to me.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 04:33 AM
Feb 2022

I don't watch it on. TV, but their reporting online seems decent to me.

mwooldri

(10,323 posts)
15. BBC is subject to something like a "fairness doctrine".
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 07:19 AM
Feb 2022

As such it's fairly straight with the news. Though domestically in the US each side of the political aisle accuses the BBC of bias in favour of their political opponents.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
7. There's little cable news to watch. BBC is most available to us.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 04:43 AM
Feb 2022

CNN and MSNBC are overwhelmingly political entertainment/discussion.

CNN does provide some news mainly related to politically related events, plus mass shootings, airliner crashes, big military events. But one comparison with a major newspaper covering national and international news will show that by far most news is not covered.

herding cats

(19,575 posts)
8. You are preaching to my choir.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 04:54 AM
Feb 2022

I don't need someone to tell me what I should be thinking. I have my own thoughts. I follow BBC online, not on TV, but I definitely agree.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
10. :) Oh, and they do. I used to watch a lot when younger before
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 05:40 AM
Feb 2022

I realized how warping and inimical to understanding that was. And at that we'd always taken a major newspaper, but that didn't provide complete immunity when I was watching so much.

Speaking of news, reading the paper at breakfast each morning, competing for room on the table, trading sections and reading things to each other, was the best. It was an important part of our day in a way that having a world of information on our devices any time of the day isn't. And it could be finished.

True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
14. I tried the digital version after
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 06:13 AM
Feb 2022

Wet news papers thrown every where but sadly found outside of local it was yesterdays news.

Spectrum has a great local station based on your state. That is how I get the latest crooked dealings of Mike DeWine and his statehouse gang as Thomas Suddes calls them. They are now trying to by pass the State Supreme Court who ruled against them 3 times on their badly gerrymandered map. Even with his Son sitting on the Court. They are now trying to slip past to the Supreme Court where they know the Federalist Society will rule for them.

It is sickening what Republicans have done to this state.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
24. Yes, the paper's yesterday's news, but that was "the news" then. :)
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 09:55 AM
Feb 2022

Everywhere we see today's Republicans at work it's sickening. But they've actually seemingly been making inroads among voters in many places, rather than shocking and repelling. The benefits to the far right from the 2008 great recession should have passed, but they've done a great job of keeping the crisis happening.

Elections will indicate whether awareness of how dangerous they've become is kicking in because media coverage isn't.





True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
29. I loved the newspaper.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 10:32 AM
Feb 2022

We had 2 once upon a time. Morning and evening. Both boys made their spending money delivering. I delivered quite a few.

But on the digital I found myself not reading it. I guess like any addiction it took a long time!

I actually have the Kennedy books both papers published by both Dayton Daily and Morning Journal Herald. They merged.and was an addicted Letters To The Editor writer. I do miss that!

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
30. Lol. My husband wouldn't go for two, and just one was a
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 11:04 AM
Feb 2022

lot of newsprint. I once covered a new neighbor's back yard to smother years of weeds with just a few weeks' supply, then she rototilled them in with manure and we did it again.

We still take the LA Times, as well as others, though we moved out of CA 20 (yikes) years ago. Digital, though. I read the digital format, but my husband insists on reading the much less functional enewspaper version because it looks like the print paper "photographed."

True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
32. Newspapers to kill weeds?
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:21 PM
Feb 2022

My Son is going to hear this. He thinks he is an old farmer with ideas from me..

I had a huge garden, rototilled, then covered with black plastic, that was my weed killer! Cut a hole, mix in bagged cow manure and stand back, no weeds, hold moisture. Last time I ended up with 27 tomato plants, just kept finding new ones.

The next year I planted 3 in the flower bed.

AngryOldDem

(14,065 posts)
31. I wish I had the BBC.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 11:33 AM
Feb 2022

With my cable company, it’s not part of the basic service, and I really can’t justify taking a hit on an already outrageous cable bill.

True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
12. I had to turn it off Trump, war,
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 06:03 AM
Feb 2022

Complaints about everything Biden does.

There are a few good ones left, Jon Avlon, CNN, Ali Velshi, a man I long respected, but they are wearing him thin on MSNBC. He has to quote the drivel of all the shows he fills in.

Jim DeMint needs to be on week days.

The rest is all repeated gossip. Scarborough actuall reads the papers, promoting his own columns. Mika does the same with her projects.

Sherman A1

(38,958 posts)
13. I gave up on drama infotainment TV long ago.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 06:11 AM
Feb 2022

I just cringe when I see a thread here citing CNN, MSNBC as a source as I see neither as reliable.

mwooldri

(10,323 posts)
16. I listen, rather than watch.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 07:20 AM
Feb 2022

Viewing a TV screen while driving isn't highly recommended, especially as the vehicle isn't self driving.

True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
34. Well, yeah, that would be a problem.:)
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:24 PM
Feb 2022

Self driving have a way of going through stop signs. I do love the cameras though.

Kaleva

(36,595 posts)
18. About 3%-4% of the adult population watches cable news
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 07:24 AM
Feb 2022

That's Fox, CNN, MSNBC and a few others combined

People who watch cable news are the outliers.

As for me, I'll occasionally watch segments of CBS News, ABC News and NBC News that I can access via the Internet that I get by cable.

hunter

(38,473 posts)
28. My adult children and their cousins pay no attention at all to traditional television and radio.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 10:18 AM
Feb 2022

They stream everything. I think they are only vaguely aware that broadcast and cable television exist. That's old people stuff.

True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
35. My kids tell us
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:27 PM
Feb 2022

To turn it off, but they seem to keep up. Problem is a lot of right wing crap keeps creeping in with what they know.

hlthe2b

(103,003 posts)
19. Complicated. I don't have cable access to MSNBC/CNN, but I do listen to TRMS, Nicolle Wallace &
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 07:36 AM
Feb 2022

Last edited Tue Feb 22, 2022, 10:49 AM - Edit history (1)

Lawrence O'Donnell podcasts fairly regularly or stream live on TuneIn. Occasionally, when something is breaking, I will stream segments of MSNBC or CNN live on my laptop via one of the sources frequently mentioned on DU (unstable, but in a pinch, they work). I tend to do the latter more with BBC--especially in recent years.

But, I'm still a big newspaper reader (online) and regularly subscribe/read WAPO, Denver Post (my local) and I pick from among some of the other leading national (NYT, LAT, Boston Globe, etc) and international newspapers to read frequently. I'm still a fan of the Guardian and tend to both donate to and read their site regularly.

Obviously, I welcome news sources posted on DU. When I am in a hurry I do the latter and at least a few times a week I will record/watch a network newscast along with my local news--usually but not always ABC or NBC.

I'm a news junkie but a busy one. I don't think cable news is the sole problem (excluding Fox, of course). I think the problem is for those who don't get a WIDE source of news or for those relying on social media. The internet is a godsend in that respect because as one who has worked internationally, I've always wanted far more than national viewpoints and focus. I frequently used to fall asleep to BBC because having worked in non-English speaking countries, that was often my reassuring lull to sleep in those days.

So...

Celerity

(44,528 posts)
21. You do not need cable access, just use a free stream online.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 08:16 AM
Feb 2022

That is how I watch MSNBC and (far less) CNN here in Sweden.

Cheers


EYESORE 9001

(26,292 posts)
20. Never
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 08:01 AM
Feb 2022

I have even given up watching network news. I’ll watch an interesting clip occasionally, but I’ll never purposely watch it.

Sympthsical

(9,238 posts)
25. Cable news is mainly an older viewer thing
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 10:01 AM
Feb 2022

The median age for CNN is 64. Fox is 68.

A lot of it is cord cutting. The younger the person, the less likely they even have cable. I haven't had it in years, and I do not miss it.

We do, however, have several billion streaming services for some reason.

Paladin

(28,401 posts)
26. I've cut way back on MSNBC and CNN.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 10:08 AM
Feb 2022

I don't need that sort of non-stop depressing news in my life, at the moment.

hunter

(38,473 posts)
27. Quit television news and opinion shortly after 9/11/2001.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 10:11 AM
Feb 2022

Quit cable / satellite / broadcast television entirely more than ten years ago. (Hooray, no more commercials!)

My wife has never watched television news.

When I was a kid my dad would get home from work, turn on the local CBS station, and pop open a beer to watch the local news and then the evening news with Walter Cronkite. Maybe that's why I started watching television news.

Looking back, I didn't realize how acutely concerned my parents were that my brothers and I might get drafted, or have to resist the draft. We were raised to be conscientious objectors. My dad was a Radar O'Reilly medical clerk during the Korean war and it was just the luck of the draw he was never sent there.

My dad still watches a lot of news, mostly the local stations and MSNBC. He reads a lot of news as well. We grew up with daily newspapers in our house. It was just natural to read the paper in the morning.

BannonsLiver

(16,686 posts)
33. American cable news is completely useless
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:23 PM
Feb 2022

When this shit really gets going I’ll be using my VPN to watch the BBC. American cable news is completely worthless. It’s just panel discussions and hot take opinions. There’s no actual news being disseminated whatsoever.

True Blue American

(18,014 posts)
36. My son calls it," 4 people sitting around
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:32 PM
Feb 2022

Giving their opinions. Scarborough has degenerated to reading the news and pushing his own by line.

SoonerPride

(12,286 posts)
37. I used to be an MSNBC and CNN junkie until 2016
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 12:35 PM
Feb 2022

Then I just couldn't watch any of it.

I avoided news almost completely for the entire trump fiasco for my own mental well being.

I only watch it occasionally now, mainly if there is a breaking news story of consequence.

But I no longer watch hours and hours of cable anything.

I spend most of my free time reading and listening to vinyl LPs.

GoodRaisin

(8,994 posts)
38. I've pretty much given it up.
Tue Feb 22, 2022, 01:40 PM
Feb 2022

It’s boring, redundant, and frankly, full of spin and outright lies that do nothing but piss me off. I used to turn it on in the background but it just became too annoying.

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