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Old Aug 7th 2007, 5:12 am
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I just watched my local news and so far there's been two dog stories, a cat story, a squirrel on water ski's story, and funny story about a pig getting caught in a doggy door. I thought I was watching Animal Planet for a second. What happened to the news?
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they only show news when no one is watching... prime time news = entertainment news
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Just watching CNN - 2nd case of foot and mouth disease detected in UK.
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No.
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I just watched my local news and so far there's been two dog stories, a cat story, a squirrel on water ski's story, and funny story about a pig getting caught in a doggy door. I thought I was watching Animal Planet for a second. What happened to the news?
Its hopeless turn it off and put the radio on. World service if you have it but at the very least NPR.
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I rarely watched local news either here of back in the UK as it always seemed to be like that.

I get my news quickly of google news as they have a variety of papers and sources so you can usually get a balanced view of whats going on quickly without ads etc.
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What happened to the news?
no news m8 but you'll get used to it.
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no news.

(speaking as an american... married to a brit...)

even before he came over... I realized there was no news on us media, for the most part, and started getting my news online.

it's never been great, but since media deregulation in clinton's era... what passes for "news" is really pretty ridiculous. and it's continually getting worse.

the BBC--online--is your best bet to get any news.

sad but true.
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I just watched my local news and so far there's been two dog stories, a cat story, a squirrel on water ski's story, and funny story about a pig getting caught in a doggy door. I thought I was watching Animal Planet for a second. What happened to the news?
I find the US News to be nothing more than 2 second sound bites, they probably do this to make it sound really interesting but then you watch it and that 2 seconds was all the news they had!

e.g. Why you could be dying of poison gases and don't even know it, tune in tonight at 11:00 pm (this is aired at 10:00 am) so you spend all day wondering if your breathing in the toxic gases...

BBC World news on the tinternet is the best I've found for info
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I just watched my local news and so far there's been two dog stories, a cat story, a squirrel on water ski's story, and funny story about a pig getting caught in a doggy door. I thought I was watching Animal Planet for a second. What happened to the news?
No idea, but I'm sure it will be back when the new season of American Idol starts...
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Nope, not allowed. It might upset our very delicate constitutions.
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Default Re: Is there any News in American Newscasts?

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I just watched my local news and so far there's been two dog stories, a cat story, a squirrel on water ski's story, and funny story about a pig getting caught in a doggy door. I thought I was watching Animal Planet for a second. What happened to the news?
It's the silly season... August is always slow for news, thus all the cuddlies coming out to play on the telly.

Mind you though... has anyone seen Katie Couric on the evening news? it's silly season year round for CBS!
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Real news doesn't sell adtime. Sensationalist crap does. I think it's as simple as that.
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Old Aug 13th 2007, 4:54 pm
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I just watched my local news and so far there's been two dog stories, a cat story, a squirrel on water ski's story, and funny story about a pig getting caught in a doggy door. I thought I was watching Animal Planet for a second. What happened to the news?
Jon Stewart is the only serious newscaster you'll find on any commercial channel in the US...
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Jon Stewart is the only serious newscaster you'll find on any commercial channel in the US...
That's very true! And he's on Comedy Central...

I love his interviews, he gets in people from all over the spectrum. Much R-E-S-T-E-C-P (sic) for him.
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