No News Is Good News

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RE/MAX House of Brokers

I recently made the decision that I would stop watching news coverage on TV and stop reading the newspaper (except the comics, of course). As a result, I've rarely felt better.

Don't get me wrong - I know that a republic functions best with informed citizens. But at this point in my life, I'm tired of being so informed. I've met a lot of people that don't know where Macedonia is, who don't know who the Secretary General of the United Nations is, and who don't know the current price of a barrel of west Texas crude oil, and they all seem surprisingly cheerful and happy. I'm learning from them.

I've learned that news coverage is, for the most part, like freebasing the negativity that exists in our world. If you're looking for negativity, TV news coverage is the fastest, most effective, and most efficient delivery system for that negativity. And since there isn't a patch or gum I can use to eliminate the human addiction to negativity, one needs to cut it off at the source.

I used to be a news junkie. I knew what was happening ALL the time, who the senior Senator from Delaware was (by the way, people are not NEARLY as impressed with this information at parties as I once thought) and all the other things going on. I used to have the TV on CNN, and then Fox News Channel all the time.

I'm tired of it. First of all, most news coverage on TV or in newspapers are written from a slant opposite of my own, and I'm tired of being one of those Conservatives that spend their time yelling at the anchorman. Secondly, as previously noted, I'm the father of three daughters, and every time I hear of some pervert that did something to a kid, it just kills me. And finally, I'm tired of commentary on business and economic matters by those that wouldn't understand a supply/demand curve if you put it in front of them.

So, I no longer watch the news. I watch the Weather Channel for the forecast. You ought to try it. You too may find that no news is good news.

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It sounds like a brilliant idea to me. We're sort of working on it. The subscription to the local paper has expired - and neither my husband nor I, are in any rush to renew. Just one little thing we don't have to  feel "depressed" about early in the morning. Now we have a cup of coffee - and have converstations about things that interest us....not all the "downers" that will happen with or without our knowledge. (Considering many of the 'self help' books out there tell you to stay away from negative people, things etc....why don't they mention the news?)

According to my Mom - it'd be so much nicer to have a least one page a day with nothing but GOOD news....but apparently that does not sell the same way as the negative "stuff". If it were up to my Mom - she'd have a "Good News Newspaper" - as an available alternative!

January 10, 2007 10:47 AM #1
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LLoyd Nichols
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INteresting concept Jeff. We all know that we have more trash news that is possible to imagine, and new s makers prefer bad news.Bad news sells.So you have a point. I usually watch the news on CNN,ABC or even Fox or what not at 6pm. But not for very long, I rather watch the Daily Show with John Stewart. But you are so right, taking a break from the so called news makes you feel so good.
January 10, 2007 10:56 AM #2
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Leigh Brown
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It's why I have to watch Fox News-it's slanted too far but at least is an offset to what the rest of the liberal media are saying.  I've pretty much quit with the news since I had kids-can't handle the stories about deaths/murders/abuse/the way society is going to heck in a handbasket...you're not alone!
January 10, 2007 12:39 PM #3
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Shawn Summers
RE/MAX House of Brokers / Broker Web Support - Springfield, MO

A great start.  Remove about 20+ more hours per week for the average citizen and you're really on to something.  I've seen statistics that count the hours of meaningful conversation with children measured in minutes weekly and television viewing measured in hours daily.

January 11, 2007 10:17 PM #4
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Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO
I'm somewhat with you, Jeff.  I canceled the Springfield paper long ago.  Couldn't see why I should pay them to make me upset with their slant on the  news.  We have a little weekly paper in my town that will only print 'Good News', and that is almost the other extreme.  So a subscription to Townhall.com, and a check in with Drudge still keeps me abreast of national and world events.
January 14, 2007 01:42 PM #5
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JudyAnn Lorenz
Bar JD Communications - Mansfield, MO
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When we do watch or listen to the NEWS, we need to remember the element of entertainment that is a big part of the media, especially broadcast media. 

When I wrote for newspapers years ago, the editors would just tear me up if I let my opinion get into the story.

Since moving to our lovely Ozarks rock pile, I compost everything organic -- newspapers and junk mail especially.  I don't buy a big newspaper because I know I will be tearing it into shreds for the compost pile or the worm bins!    Howver, I did just splurge on a subscription to the Kansas City Business Journal.

JudyAnn Lorenz  Bar JD

January 14, 2007 10:42 PM #6
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I read your comment about taxes on the Remax site under the Sarah Palin article.  Wondering if you think there is any room for the idea of "public good"?  That is what a graduated income tax funds. 

I want to live in a country where everyone has health care.  I'm willing to pay for it through higher taxes (Yes, I'm in the top 5% of American income earners).  I think the community and country I live in will be more prosperous when we all have coverage.   

Lets bring back the GI bill too for the troops that will soon be coming home.  What a great investment that was after WWII and it would be again now.  I'll pay higher taxes to fund that as needed.

I DO think paying taxes is a patriotic act. 

Despite your concern, your life is likely to be better in 4 yrs. than it is now BECAUSE we will have had a competent leader in the White House again.

Don't forget to vote on Nov. 11th.

 

October 22, 2008 08:43 PM #7
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Jeff Kester
RE/MAX House of Brokers - Springfield, MO

Tom, unfortunately, like most Obama voters, it sounds as though you have the concept of "public good" confused with the Democratic ticket's idea of what taxation should be.

Obviously, there are many, many things that we as citizens must and should fund through our payment of taxes. Roads, national defense, schools, and other basic necessities of civilized life are some of the most obvious examples of these requirements. In doing so, there is patriotic duty as a citizen required.

However, it has been my experience as a patriotic American that when Democrats/Liberals start talking about taxes, and the programs those taxes would fund, they are not talking about the funding of these basic structural needs of our country, but rather of a fundamental redistribution of wealth. THIS, in fact, is the reason we have a graduated income tax. If it were otherwise, the graduated income tax system would have to presume that I use the roads more, use the schools more, and require more expenditure on guns and bombs to protect my property than those with less income require. This, of course, would be incorrect. The only purpose, therefore, of that graduated tax system is for the redistribution of my higher income to give or support those with lower incomes, as evidenced by your comments regarding health care.

Your parenthetical acknowledgement regarding your income is irrelevant (or should be). The fact that you are in the highest portion of income earners makes you no more credible in the debate over whether any citizen should pay more in tax, not for those items of infrastructure required to support the normal functioning of our society, but to be given, in the form of redistribution, to others. The basic principle here is whether any other citizen or group of citizens in our society has any claim on the income you earn. I refuse to believe that they do.

It also amazes me anytime I hear someone in real estate or any other commerce-related profession believes that higher taxes, even if limited to higher-income strata (which Obama professes but I don't believe), makes sense, especially in the market in which we currently find ourselves. There has never, ever been, nor will there ever be, an economic slowdown, recession, or depression, that was alleviated through higher tax rates. Surely you can join me in remembering that the worst economic recession of our lifetimes that occurred in the late 70's and early 80's was overcome by LOWER taxes on all Americans, including (and especially) on the highest income earners.

Finally, my life will be good or bad in four years based on my life, most of which is determined by ME. Unlike some others, I refuse to delegate my "hope" for the future to a corrupt, south-side of Chicago politico thug who has never held a real job himself. And unlike some others, I believe that depending on others in society more than depending on myself is the very enemy of hope's audacity.

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