News Bubble Swap: Day 7

Today’s headlines with NPR’s Jack Speer

A year ago at about this exact moment in time my commute was 90 minutes twice a day. In that time I was able to listen to nearly the entire NPR drive time show. Now my commute is about 5 minutes and so I don’t get nearly the listening time in. So I try to arrange my drive to line up with the headlines that come about every thirty minuets. I feel that it gives me a pretty good snapshot for the important stories of the day.

For this week though I changed the radio over to local AM talk radio. During my commute I mainly heard ads.

I listened to two days of Glenn Beck’s podcasts while at work though and he spent the majority of his time trying to convince me that there was an elaborate liberal conspiracy behind Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox news and that we were stupid if we thought that this was only about a dirty old man being inappropriate to his female co-workers. I think Glenn gives Media Matters WAY MORE credit than they deserve. The idea that Fox News would bow down to the left wing libtards kind of goes against everything they’ve built their empire on over the last twenty years.

My take, Bill was getting expensive. You don’t get a 20 year career in network television without getting a nice sizable paycheck, unless your agent sucks. Add on top of that the mounting number of settlements they were paying out, this was a way for them to cut their losses and force all future settlements to come out of Bill’s book royalties rather than News Corps’ balance sheet.

News Bubble Swap: Day 4, 5, & 6

We find out how Bill Nye defies his age….

I’m continuing on with trying to limit my news sources to just the New York Post and the Daily Caller, but man is it hard.

The one thing I’m noticing is a serious lack of science reporting. I am used to normally seeing at least one article a day that covers science. Normally it is news about NASA or coverage of papers that have been recently published in either medical journals or in Nature. Although there was one link The secret behind Bill Nye’s ageless face that I can’t stop laughing at. I like Bill Nye and care a lot about the things that he is also passionate about. I don’t need his beauty tips.

I have not forgotten about Glenn Beck, I’ve listened to a good chunk of his radio show in podcast form while at work this week. Yesterday’s program was particularly interesting where he posits that with Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox New it is the end of conservative media. Personally I think Glenn was stretching it.

News Bubble Swap: Day 3

I read the comments….oh god, why did I read the comments.

I’ve been on the internet for a long time. One of the guiding truths of the internet since the mid ’90s is “don’t read the comments”.

Today out of curiosity, I clicked on the button on the comment section on a Daily Caller article, and quickly regretted it.

I guess we can add a third item to the universal truths. Now along side death and taxes are useless internet comments.

News Bubble Swap: Day 2

This country would be great again if it wasn’t for all you anti-fascists…..

Yesterday was Saturday the 15th. My social media feed filled up with pictures of various protests around the country calling for Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

According to Daily Caller though, Berkeley, CA was completely boring till the antifa (I wish I was not making this up) showed up and ruined a perfectly good Patriot Day rally. Antifa is apparently a pejorative term meaning “Anti-fascist”. If your publication needs to invent a word to describe one group as anti-fascists, wouldn’t the other group then be the fascits?

Good news though, Rick Perry is going to determine if it is green energy that is killing coal. (Editor’s note: that is not a joke, just a repeat of the headline.). (Editor’s note editor’s note: that was the joke).

I did spend some time on Glenn Beck’s website though and am now convinced that I do not own nearly enough gold or seeds and that the U.S Dollar is going to get replaced with the FedCoin, a crypto currency that will be forced on us. So um yeah, kind of looking forward to that.

News Bubble Swap: Day 1

outrage for outrage’s sake….

Bridge Magazine here in Michigan is running a news bubble swap where volunteers agree to spend a week using an alternate source for their primary source of news.

I signed up, and yesterday got my assignment.

When I signed up I listed my three sources of news as:

For the next week though I have to rely on only:

Now, I will be the first to admit that my politics lean fairly hard to the left. I have an entire philosophy regarding progressive social policies and how they impact the greater good. Maybe some day I’ll sit down and get them all written down.

But, because I know that my views swing pretty hard core to the left, I try to stay away from the echo-chamber of leftist news sources that will simply reinforce my viewpoints, though I do love me some Rachel Maddow.

Now though I feel like I am descending in to the dungeon of darkness ill-prepared for the trip of the next 7 days.

So, what did I learn this morning.

From the Daily Caller I get the sense that I am not outraged enough that I, as a white male, am as oppressed as I am. One of the lead stories this morning was a about a female member of a college student council who resigned because she felt that the council was not as diverse as she felt it should be. The article itself was simply a rehash of her resignation letter without any further commentary or references. I’m not exactly sure why the student council makeup of a tiny college in rural New York deserves our scrutiny, but I assume that this story is presented as evidence that white males are continually oppressed by the tide of feminism and inclusion.

From New York Post I learned that a Navy Seal has been making porn with his wife which may require additional research…..maybe not.

I have yet to pull up Glen, I’m going to save that for work this week where I normally listen to podcasts for background noise.

I have immediately noticed that there is a lack of news regarding the administration other than Jeff Sessions is going to apparently save us all.