lekoshe wrote:Personally I leave ABC News 24 on all day whilst working, and it usually gets turned off when they cut to an unedited press conference and/or parliament and I get to hear what these monkeys have to say beyond the soundbite. I rate politicians in "minutes": number of minutes before I can't bear to hear them anymore. I detest the low and venal standard of debate that is offered by all parties.
It is a continuing insult to our collective intelligence
I sometimes have to divert myself from thinking about how much political 'paid time' is consumed in useless 'debate' (whatever you want to call some of the childish games that are played) in place of having useful discussion and negotiation over actual problems that mean something to the country. It becomes depressing when I think of it that way. Obviously, what is given in tv soundbites and selectively quoted in papers is to sellsellsell, so doesn't necessarily represent the 'real story'. Who wants to report on/pay for/or see the boring minutiae of the actual process? What's your record for sitting and watching Parliament TV?
Re: the HUN - I actually regularly check it out, mainly because I choose to see the varying ways that news is being reported to people; it helps in understanding other perspectives - how does one make real or persuasive decisions and arguments without understanding the underpinning thought/belief/opinion/emotion, etc. of others? To me, it can help make one less judgmental of the person as opposed to the topic at hand if there is an understanding of why they argue from a certain standpoint.