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No World News is Good News

I've always been a bit of a news junkie. I think it's important to know what's going on in the world. But over the last few years, I've become increasingly disgusted with national and global politics, and the constant stream of the world's worst, to the point that I mostly avoid it. But here's the thing. I'm still a news junkie. So what does one do when they have a thirst for knowing what's going on but they can't stand knowing what's going on? 

For me, I've come to realize that I need to seriously avoid any of the so-called "News" channels. No FoxNews, no MSNBC, no CNN, no Nightly News of any variety. AT ALL. Nothing where there's a plethora of talking heads that aren't really saying much but are being snarky to each other. And definitely nothing true crime.  

I read the Yahoo News Headlines, but as far as actual articles, I only read the fluff ones - sports, entertainment, health, cooking. I read both local papers, (although one of them shouldn't really count as a local paper anymore), so that I know what's going on in Utah. I watch SportsCenter to know what's going on in the world of sports, although once football is over and we go into that black hole of nothing but basketball, I'll probably avoid it until Baseball season.  And on Sundays, I watch Sunday Morning. FAITHFULLY. Charles Osgood is today's Walter Cronkite, and I can trust that the program and the reporting will be classy, and that I will learn something interesting.

Does this make me out to be an ostrich with my head in the sand? To a certain extent, maybe. But do I sleep better at night? Absolutely!


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