I do not watch and never have watched the news on TV. I’ve never watched 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, or the nightly news. This isn’t because I think it’s evil but rather because it’s not a good way for me personally to learn. I am a reading learner–hearing things just isn’t as successful for me as reading them. I’m also addicted to getting more than one take on an issue and it’s more time efficient for me to read the headlines in four different newspapers–The NYT, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate–than it is for me to listen to one channel for an hour. Sometimes, if there’s a hurricane or a national disaster–I am forever grateful a friend called me at 8:50am on September 11, 2001 and said “TURN ON YOUR TV RIGHT NOW.”–but those times are very far and few in between. This no TV news thing often makes me feel like a weirdo–it feels to me as though everybody who is interested in the news watches the news.
How about you? How do you get your news? Are there sources you trust implicitly or, at least, more than others? How important is it to you to get the news on a daily basis?