It wasn't stupid.
Their favorite topics are black lives matter and anthem protests, anything that has negatively charged emotional isotopes, anything that feeds tribal division.
You don't need anymore media in your life than a morning read of your newspaper, 30m of 6pm news.
For conservatives, yes most of those will tilt a bit to the left. But they will have fact checkers, editors, run corrections, and uphold standards. Networks are good b/c no talking heads arguing
But my challenge to them is... do you want to be informed, or be validated?
And they wonder why they're so pissed off?
We politely told them schedule was full and asked CNN to leave.
A staffer points and at elderly constituent waiting for a photo with the Congressman and says "so does he, and he made an appointment."
Stuck with me as so emblematic of how 24h news is unhealthy for the Republic
And they actually thought they were doing good. Not a constituent among them.
It's like any other bad habit, best for your personal and mental health to just cut it out of your life altogether.
News disappears from facebook tomorrow and everybody still lives
Many people just do not know how to separate what they see on tv from personal relationships and good manners.
All your political beliefs go into one bucket.
All the things you do to advance those beliefs go in another.
Many politicized people have one bucket full of ice cream and sprinkles but fill the second bucket full of horseshit.
But they only see one bucket.
Of course not.
But these days happen all the time. So it's forced. How many stories today are "a person said a thing?"
And audiences think this is making them more informed!
We had a show like that in the 90s called Jerry Springer.
That's what news is today, Jerry Springer with economics and foreign policy.