Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

No News is Good News.

I woke up thinking of that old saying today.

Ever since the events of 9/11 in New York in 2001, I have had something of an addiction to 24-hour rolling news. I often think I might miss something, if I don’t watch it at least a few times a day. Since Brexit, it has become extremely annoying to watch, especially as during the last five years or so, it has also become apparent that the BBC (the news channel I watch) has definitely been dumbing-down the content, and showing worrying signs of bias on many important issues.

As well as that, actual live news is often replaced by opinion pieces, or the use of so-called ‘experts’ who appear on screen pontificating on some issue of the day. Then there is the heavy focus on certain celebrity stories and sports coverage, as well as the long-term adoration of the British Royal Family, and the hordes of hangers-on who surround them. The result is that on the BBC News 24 dedicated news channel, News is actually just a small part of the output.

When I went away to visit relatives and friends in the south of England last week, I had decided not to watch any television, or to look at sites on my tablet. This meant that for the first time in over seventeen years, I had no idea what was happening in the outside world. I didn’t look at the weather forecast, the local news in Essex or Kent, and paid no attention to what might have been happening in Westminster, or The White House.

Last night, I had a quick look online, in case I had missed a war somewhere, or the collapse of the government in Britain.

So here are the ‘beetleypete headlines’, as far as I can tell.

Boris Johnson is trying to close down parliament to force through his ‘no-deal Brexit’. This has happened in the past over other issues, so for me it is a bit ‘seen it before, so what?’

Some government ministers have resigned in protest. ‘Yawn’.

The Queen didn’t stop Boris. Well, she can’t actually do that. Going to ask her for permission is just ‘being polite’. Britain fought the English Civil War in the 17th century so we didn’t have to ask a monarch what we could do.

Boris Johnson is an arrogant conceited man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself and his rich cronies. Well we already knew that, didn’t we?

Some members of parliament changed parties. That has happened since the first parliaments here, and political turncoats are part of our history.

The ‘peace deal’ with the Taliban has been cancelled. Like that was ever going to work in the first place.

India and Pakistan are squaring up to each other. That has been happening since before I was born.

Hurricane Dorian is causing chaos. Sorry to hear that, and I hope all my friends in the path of it are okay.

The Democrats in America still have no viable opponent to challenge Mr Trump. No change there then.

Iran is being accused of all sorts, and Israel and Hezbollah are on the verge of hostilities. Hardly ‘news’.

Brazil is destroying the Amazon in the lust for mining gold and farming for beef. We should have stopped them a long time ago. It’s probably too late now.

Five days with no news, and that’s all I can come up with. Nothing really changed, and everything that was going on before I left on Tuesday is still going on.

I have to come to the conclusion that I didn’t miss anything at all, and that my obsession with The News has now been purged from my system.

82 thoughts on “Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

  1. Pingback: Thinking Aloud On a Sunday β€” beetleypete – Truth Troubles
  2. Can you have a word with Mr O please. He watches so much rolling news that Little O shouts “order! order!” every five minutes. I am quite glad he has gone back to work since I get less of an angry debrief about everything that is happening the second I walk through the doot.

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  3. Great post Pete! I too need a break from not only the daily news, but blog stats, and social media accounts. It’s difficult to step away but ever so refreshing. I set time limits and then I turn it all off and get on with my day. This has been an inspiring read. Thanks.

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  4. The News programmes have been the most consistent TV programmes I watch: until now. Now I only turn on to catch the weather report. I am so thoroughly sick of the B word. I just wish they’d get on with it – either walk away or revoke Article 50 if that can even be done. I don’t care any more. I am so over it, I wish I could move to New Zealand as far away as possible. When I travelled through southern Africa for 27 days in 2000 I had no access to any news. The world could have blown up for all I knew and I found it so relaxing to live in the moment. When we visited a hotel on Christmas Day and there was a TV in the lounge a lot of the group went in to watch it. I was perfectly happy not to. And increasingly I have been wondering if I really need a TV at all.

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      1. I call it a news “fast” or a purge of sorts, Pete. Glorious indeed. xox
        By the way, I watched a bunch of movies yesterday and was thinking of you – did you see Denzel in the Bone Collector? OMG, scared me to pieces.

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  5. I’m sad to say that I am getting drawn in by my Radio 4 news in the morning whilst I milk the goats, but I try my hardest to miss the news for the rest of the day πŸ™‚ Still I have a 10 zloty bet riding on the outcome of Brexit, or not, so I have a vested interest πŸ™‚

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  6. Great post πŸ™‚ I despise the 24 hour news networks we in the States have (CNN, Fox News and MSNBC). As far as I am concerned, the only thing that those three networks are interested in is promoting division plain and simple. Whether that is their intent or not. Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  7. You didn’t miss a thing, but the news strird you wrong on the viable candidate to Trump, “the Democrats have 20 viable candidates and a gopher is thinking of running as well (he pr she too would be viable.” They just haven’t picked one yet. πŸ™‚ Warmest regards, Theo

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  8. I have also become a news junkie. Having a phone constantly within reach makes it way too easy to click on the news app whenever I have a spare moment or two. I’ve often wondered if I could go a few days without checking on the news…

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  9. I will only push back a bit on the Trump line…in fact, Democrats have a majority in the largest states here in the US, making it more difficult for a Republican to win the hinges on a few key states, where a total of 78,000 votes in 4 states made Trump President n 2016…and third-party candidates in those 4 states received almost 200,000 votes…you see Pete, one of those third party candidates received an unusual amount of positive social media coverage from stories that can be linked to Russian provocateurs…all of those ads were designed to encourage people NOT to vote for the Democratic candidate…not sure that will be the case in 2020, as all major polls show the top FOUR Democratic candidates beating Trump in those key states…they is a long way to go, but I have to disagree with your assertion that there isn’t a “viable” opponent to him….his popularity in polls has never gone above 43% nationwide and those 4 key states have him far behind any challenger to the office…

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts from ‘over there’, John. I am happy to stand corrected. As I see it reported here, it comes down to Trump v Biden. If that’s the case, I really cannot see Biden winning. But I am happy to be proved wrong, even though I think Biden is far too old. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Biden at this point is more than 13 percentage points ahead of Trump in every key poll…but there is a lot of time to go…the thing you may not realize Pete is that Biden was a VERY popular and respected Vice President and a good person – two things Trump is NOT…I think we made our displeasure with the status quo clear 4 years ago, and don’t forget that Clinton won the popular vote in the US by more than 3-million votes, which is my point about Democratic candidates having an overall edge nationwide, which is why, come 2020, it will come down to these 4 states to decide the next President: Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin…whoever wins 3 of those will win the Presidency, and Democrats, because of their large majorities in New York, California and Illinois always have a huge lead to begin with – therefore a Republican MUST win at least 3 of those states and a Democrat can win the Presidency with only two…anyway, we will see and anything can happen, I agree with that!

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          1. Pete, sorry for going on and on…perhaps its also a bit of “wish fulfillment”…we currently have a President who lies about EVERYTHING – it’s shocking how casual he is about it, and his golfing has cost us more than $100-million so far for protection and travel…250+ days of golf in under 3 years…he has NO daily schedule, doesn’t like to read a briefing report, and won’t listen to a single advisor….oh, and he is seriously trying to start another civil war here as well….

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            1. No problem, John. I can well understand your frustration. But I have other followers who actually like him, and think he’s doing a good job. From where I sit, he comes across like a spoilt child, but then I am not American. πŸ™‚

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                1. And Pete one more thing: we all have the right to support whoever we want – it’s his personal traits I am highlighting – even if I disagree with most of his policies, he has the right to try and push them through…it’s strictly his PERSONAL attributes that both me….I’m not trying to insult any of your followers…

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                  1. I wasn’t suggesting that at all, John. It is a lot like Brexit, in that it creates a real divide in opinion, and one side cannot possibly see any good in the other. We live in changing times, that’s for sure.


                    1. Not you at all, Pete, but you said you have Trump supporters who may read this and I want them to know that I have NO issues with how they want our country run – even if I disagree – we all have the right to have our views…my issues are based on the personality traits of the person in charge…yes, the times have changed that’s for sure…


  10. “This has happened in the past over other issues, so for me it is a bit ‘seen it before, so what?'” – It sure has, but if I remember correctly, one person, a certain Charles, a long time ago, in the end lost his head because he did. πŸ˜‰

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  11. I feel so much better Pete! You put it all in perspective nicely. As for 24 hour news I strictly ration my watching to the morning headlines and the half hour evening broadcast. The rest of it is just talking heads anyway.

    Dorian missed me and Clarkboy!

    Welcome back and Besties.

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  12. Pete, I have long since decided my energy is best focused on my small circle and community, trying to be a good person and reflect those ideals in the people I encounter. The horrors of the world will continue and the best I can do is try to live above the fray. I have not seen the news, except to keep an eye on Dorian, since I came to Florida.

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  13. I wish I could avoid the news….I am a junkie and must have my news…LOL The news from the storm is being made up as they go…..Bahamas will never be the same and no amount of adjectives will change that….welcome back chuq

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  14. I’m definitely with you with regard to your final comment, Pete: I deliberately avoid watching TV news, which seems to focus almost exclusively on negative stories, and only hear it on the radio (which I listen to most of the day) because it’s on, and I try to zone out at the time (especially when F1 results are announced with no warning in advance of the highlights being shown: I don’t pay for a sports channel). Each to his own, of course, but I prefer music. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, WB. I don’t often listen to the radio, and never watch sport of any kind. The News was always my preferred TV watching, including programmes like ‘Newsnight’, and ‘Question Time’. But they have lost their soul too, and now the news coverage is so biased, it just makes me grumpy! πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


  15. Glad you are over it. I despise watching the news and get what I need from snippets on the radio. I find British news particularly annoying perhaps due to the reasons you mentioned. I would rather watch a show on dogs being rehomed.

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