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Our priorities as a nation

So let me get this straight. We are years into a global war on terror, last week a former prime minister was shot and killed, genocide in Africa goes on daily, thousands within our own borders are starving and in need of healthcare and home, a mortgage mess is forcing millions to foreclose on their homes, and illegal immigration threatens to de-construct us as a country....

AND ALL I SEE on the news for the last few days is bullsh*t about Britney Spears. She needs to hurry up and overdose on something, so the nation can move on to more important things. That said, the media is reporting this garbage constantly because this (as well as brain numbing reality tv) is what people want. Which is why 1/2 of US-Americans can't find the USA on the map. (a la Miss Teen South Carolina)


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not to sound like a conspiracy theory guy but I truly believe its a tactical diversion to keep the masses from dwelling on the real issues


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lol rinn.

I think news knows that people are sick of hearing about the terrorists, etc...It's a never ending issue at this time so why keep updating people? I hate to see the news stick on any one issue too long. If it's going to on and on for a long ass time then update me on major major shit. I hate hearing about celebrities for a week or two or three on end also. Do it for a day or two then move on.


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We are years into a global war on terror,
Have been since Reagan bombed the eff out of Lybia

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last week a former prime minister was shot and killed
Assassinated by the general of Pakistan to keep his hold on power
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genocide in Africa goes on daily,
Nothing new, been happening for thousands of years all over the world

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thousands within our own borders are starving and in need of healthcare and home
Getting warmer, but should not be a socialized program.

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a mortgage mess is forcing millions to foreclose on their homes
Caused by countless idiots not being able to know the difference between what the can spend, and what they want to spend as well as those who took advantage of those idiots

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and illegal immigration threatens to de-construct us as a country
Only if the socialist left gets in. Then again, the religious right seems to be effing things up quite nicely as well.

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AND ALL I SEE on the news for the last few days is bullsh*t about Britney Spears. She needs to hurry up and overdose on something, so the nation can move on to more important things. That said, the media is reporting this garbage constantly because this (as well as brain numbing reality tv) is what people want. Which is why 1/2 of US-Americans can't find the USA on the map. (a la Miss Teen South Carolina)
Sprite has it wrong. Image is everything to the masses. Most don't care what it costs, nor how much debt they rack up to try and impress their friends and keep up with the Jonses who are most likely in as much debt as they are.

All this is the reason why I want to get the eff away from people and live out in the woods on hundreds of acres. Then, only have to deal with those I need to occasionally.
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not to sound like a conspiracy theory guy but I truly believe its a tactical diversion to keep the masses from dwelling on the real issues
so, you watched zeitgeist too, eh? :

britney only matters if you pay attention to it.

you only notice the car wreck if you turn your head to look at it.

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All this is the reason why I want to get the eff away from people and live out in the woods on hundreds of acres. Then, only have to deal with those I need to occasionally.
can I join you? :r1budha


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I rarely watch the news. 100% of it is biased, or reports on The Hollywood bimbos. The news is depressing, and I don't need that in my life. Ignorance is bliss they say, and I'm quite happy to not know or care about all that B.S. I pay attention just enough to hear the topics so I know which ones are worth my time.(Hardly any of 'em)

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Sure, but you'd have to live on your own acreage.

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I rarely watch the news. 100% of it is biased, or reports on The Hollywood bimbos. The news is depressing, and I don't need that in my life. Ignorance is bliss they say, and I'm quite happy to not know or care about all that B.S. I pay attention just enough to hear the topics so I know which ones are worth my time.(Hardly any of 'em)
Most times, I really only catch the headlines myself. But typically I catch enough of it from that to have some idea of what's going on. Beyond that, if it piques my interest, then I'd study it more in depth.

Personally, most items in the news don't interest me. Rather, disgusts me that it's even covered.
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So the question is, what do you guys want on the news? Problem is that everyone has their own views...I know even I would have a hard time making the news so that everyone would like it.


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If people would not watch the crap on here they would stop airing it...
Amen to that.

I have to say that I don't like "gossip" news, I want real life news. Not the stuff about who's dating who, and the most recent sex scandal. If somebody is murdered just report it and move on to the next story. Another reason I don't like to watch is because ALL news channels beat stories to death. I don't want to hear about the same F'n thing for more than a day or two, unless there is a major update on the situation. Hearing about the latest Hollywood scandal for weeks on end is just boring. Leave that kind of reporting to the E! network..I like news that doesn't assume I, or anybody else is an idiot, and insults our intelligence.

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Amen to that.

I have to say that I don't like "gossip" news, I want real life news. Not the stuff about who's dating who, and the most recent sex scandal. If somebody is murdered just report it and move on to the next story. Another reason I don't like to watch is because ALL news channels beat stories to death. I don't want to hear about the same F'n thing for more than a day or two, unless there is a major update on the situation. Hearing about the latest Hollywood scandal for weeks on end is just boring. Leave that kind of reporting to the E! network..I like news that doesn't assume I, or anybody else is an idiot, and insults our intelligence.
The typical problem though is that people want to know the dirt on others. Status levels, who's doing what, etc.

As to what's news worthy for me, I'll agree mostly with Tony. But, at the same time I think it's difficult to find a balance of news items that will fit everyone's needs.

Around here, the local news is pretty good (at least I think) about not reporting much on celebrity stuff. Doesn't mean they don't do it, but most channels we watch report top local and national stories.

IMO, all news channels are going for is ratings. I'd personally rather see a news channels that gives unbiased news, and may be hated for it, rather than who gets the most viewers and has the highest ratings because people like them due to the ratings games.
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IMO, all news channels are going for is ratings. I'd personally rather see a news channels that gives unbiased news, and may be hated for it, rather than who gets the most viewers and has the highest ratings because people like them due to the ratings games.

sounds great but who is going to pay for it, advertisers pay for adds during shows based on ratings,

and even local news is very biased at least around here. I had a couple friends that worked for the local news and they said it was pretty messed up how some stories were burried and some promoted to promote the agenda of the people running the station

and any time I have been educated about something I heard reported on the news, they reported much false info or totally misrepresented the facts


it is so difficult, no matter where you try to get your news from its biased. If you think about it even things like this forum are biased. search engines are biased, newspapers, tv news. How is it even possable to get unbiased info?


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I've been without TV for almost a year now, don't miss it at all.

One thing I do know is most news stations are owned by entertainment companies so what do you expect from them? News? Also most news here have vested interests so you never hear what's really going on.

The internet is a good way to find out the truth if you know where to look. :corn

When I had TV I would tune in to free speech TV which in my opinion was very informative on the real issues. Now only if they had a hot lady hosting it


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agreed fjorn the local news is pretty good. People do want to hear the dirt and gossip and petty stuff. that's how opera and springer got so popular, petty crap or gossip. I think they do air what the masses want for the most part. Just sucks we are not the masses


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If people would not watch the crap on here they would stop airing it...
need to do the same for NASCAR


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