I Turned Off the News

January 9, 2017. 

I used to be a news junkie. In the evenings, I watched the local yokel news on Augusta television. I watched the national news. I watched Fox News channel. I watched Bill O’Reilly and Hannity religiously. 

I subscribed to the Augusta Chronicle and consumed it every morning and read the massive Sunday paper after church. 

I couldn’t get enough of the news. My obsessive personality was in overdrive. 

A while back, it occurred to me that I was spending an inordinate amount of time on the news and that the news was an unhealthy diet of chips and soda. It was the same thing over and over. 

Plus, I was a captive to what some executive in New York or Augusta decided was newsworthy that I and their viewers should see. 

I decided that my time would better be utilized doing something else like reading, having an extended morning devotional time, and clearing my mind of the bad news and political debate that fills most of the news programs. A man can get downright depressed watching that stuff and feel that America and the world are going to hell in a hand basket. Moreover, I would get mad and my blood pressure went up. 

Was it worth this?  NO!  

For me, turning off the news was like breathing the cool, clean Montana mountain air that I enjoy so much. Feeeeom from the news was refreshing, invigorating, and expansive just like Montana. 

Oh, I still get the news. I do want to stay sonewhat informed. But, I get it online from the Fox News website. I can skip what doesn’t  interest me and scan the articles that do interest me. I can do that in a few minutes rather than waste hours like I used to do. Further, if I want to view a particular news story or debate that interests me, I can click on the imbedded video which is only three to five minutes long. 

Right now, the big deal is two bit actress, Meryl Steep, and her slander of President-elect Donald Trump in her rant on the Golden Globe Awards which I didn’t watch. It’s all over my Facebook feed. That’s how I was informed about her diatribe. My response to all this is Rhett Butler’s famous last words to Scarlet in “Gone with the Wind.”  “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”  

Shoot, I don’t even know who Meryl Steep is anyway!  Does stuff like that really matter?  Does she really matter?  Is her political opinion really important? Nope!

I’ve turned off the news. It’s pretty worthless in my opinion. And, what is deemed newsworthy really doesn’t have much,if any, affect on my life anyway. 

Looking back, I feel kind of foolish devoting so much time to the news. But, I’ve long since reclaimed my precious time and enjoy the evenings in my big chair with my wife and Shelties in our great room. Now, that’s quality entertainment!  

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