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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2017, 08:15:40 PM »
Most people overlook the local, but it is far more important IMO.

Keep an eye on what Sinclair Media is doing to local television news. They are buying up stations all over through individual purchases and large mergers and when they do they have "must run" editorials featuring op-eds from the ultra right-wing CEO of Sinclair, 99% of which have nothing to do with local news.

As you say, people aren't paying attention to local news, but it is ceasing to be "local" in the sense that it is increasingly owned by one company throughout the entire US.

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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2017, 01:41:50 AM »
>Sinclair

Good tip ergo, it sounds like they are buying up the Chicago based WGN, which is sad. 

I'm really fortunate to have a local daily that has not become a regional newspaper, they pretty much stick to reporting on things that effect five or six small towns, the county and some state coverage.  They not only tell what is happening but why it is important. Old school.  It's a gem.

I'm getting close to where I'm going to have to start paying for some national/international papers online as more and more retreat behind the paywall.  The Washington Post and The Guardian are about the only freebies left.

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2017, 12:41:09 PM »
>Sinclair

Good video about Sinclair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtNyOzGogc

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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2017, 01:16:00 PM »
>Sinclair

Didn't know about Sinclair, but this follows the same aggregated path of radio and newspapers.  The management M-O, at least for newspapers, is to maximize short-term profit to cover the cost of purchasing them,  then run them into the ground.  

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My local paper was bought out and management 'merged' with several other NC papers about 6 years ago.
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2017, 01:21:00 PM »
THANK YOU Dr. Coolness

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« Reply #20 on: July 17, 2017, 02:17:13 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2017, 10:23:37 PM »
Whew!

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« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2017, 07:52:37 AM »
>I'm also making a conscious effort to not think about problems I'm not going to be able to solve.

I think that is absolutely spot on!

I tell that to my kids (and wife) when they whine and yack about stuff. Focus on the stuff you're actually able to change.

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« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2017, 04:56:36 PM »
>>Sinclair

Here’s why your local TV news is about to get even worse

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/heres-why-your-local-tv-news-is-about-to-get-even-worse/

TL;DR - Bundled, centrally-produced, homogenized, generic news served through local stations

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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2017, 06:24:20 PM »
>Bundled, centrally-produced, homogenized, generic news served through local stations

Journalistic hell. 

IMO we would have been much better off if we still had this at work:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairness_Doctrine

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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2017, 10:32:03 PM »
>Sinclair

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai accused of evading questions about FCC helping Sinclair expand media empire

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/lawmakers-demand-investigation-into-fcc-chairman-ajit-pai/

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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2017, 08:40:48 AM »
>Journalistic hell.

After having the tv on in Vegas for a few days, I'm confident that US is headed in downwards spiral. Holy sh##.

99% drug commercials speaking to the lowest common denominator. Following the US tv broadcasting for 10+ a few times a year REALLY shows how desperate it is getting. It takes an effort to shock me, but we'd hit rock bottom. Also CNN, Fox, Cnbc and all other news channels are stories about crime, drugs, sexual abuse, finacial problems etc. It's turned into a live living room discussion with your f-ed up drunk uncle spewing bs.

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Re: tuning out?
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2017, 08:18:30 PM »
I, too am overwhelmed.  I'm limiting what news I am reading, I have two or three that I will watch for national news, but that's it.  I've turned off the cellular on my phone so I have to be at home when I see the news at a certain time.

I'm drinking more.  That seems to help too.  ;)

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« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2017, 09:12:22 PM »
>I'm confident that US is headed in downwards spiral.

Yes, probably.  One shining light is that it is that TV (particularly cable news) quickly becoming the realm of the old.  If the trends keep up then 10 years from now all the shouting on FOX news will be necessary to get their user base to hear them.

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« Reply #29 on: November 14, 2017, 09:50:57 PM »
Ditto what LM said.

Other than sports and -maybe- children's programs (used to pacify/occupy), I don't know anyone watching tv.  OTOH, everybody is on Netflix.  I rarely see mention of Hulu. HBO only because of Game Of Thrones.

Netflix Knows Some Very Strange Things About Public Viewing Habits

https://www.wired.com/story/netflix-streaming-in-public/