Confessions of a News Junkie -- From as early as I can remember, I’ve always been a news junkie. My earliest career aspiration was to be a newspaper reporter. I wanted to be Lois Lane, fearless reporter and sidekick of Superman. Later I dreamed of being a foreign correspondent travelling to exotic places in search of a compelling news story.
Although I eventually pursued other career options, I nonetheless, on average, typically watch both national and local TV news, read the daily newspaper and have National Public Radio (NPR) news programs playing in the background most of the day. I subscribe to the Washington Post online, and in addition, check news headlines on CNN throughout the day.
It doesn’t take a Park Avenue shrink to discern I definitely have an obsession! Like I said, a genuine news junkie.
No more political talking heads --But after a year of non-stop coverage of the nastiest, most surreal political campaign in living memory, yesterday, I suddenly hit the wall! I was listening to an NPR interview with the chair of the Senate campaign committee, as he announced that the 2022 and 2024 campaign seasons are now underway all with the goal of taking back the House, Senate and the White House for the G.O.P. I wanted to scream “NOOOOOOO!!!”
[Insert picture of Edward Munch picture of the Scream]
My reactions of horror aren’t partisan. Isn’t it bad enough that we’re suffering from a worldwide COVID19 pandemic that has claimed half a million American lives? That we face economic hardships, business closures, social and racial unrest, not to mention rumors of a home-grown terrorist threat?
Do we really have to once again descend into non-stop political bickering and gamesmanship, where elected officials of both parties are more focused on re-election and fundraising, than the genuine needs of unifying and meeting the needs of the American people?
I can’t take it anymore! No more talking heads, political rhetoric, and mudslinging.
I’m going cold turkey! I’m making a conscious choice to NOT slavishly follow the news every day. I’ll skim local headlines in order to find out when and where to go once it is my turn to get the COVID vaccine. And I’ll keep an ear open for if and when another relief check may be coming my way, but no more obsessing about the political shenanigans in Washington.
Classic Radio Shows Are Back -- Instead, I’m choosing to tune “my dial” to Dramafy.com’s stream of great classic radio dramas. I plan to listen to hours and hours of wonderful dramatic classics like “The Philadelphia Story” performed by Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, or the sweet tones of Judy Garland singing. “Over the Rainbow” in the audio version of “The Wizard of Oz”. If I really need an action news fix, I can listen to the complete radio broadcasts of the D-Day Invasion.
The only elected officials I plan to follow the efforts of Marshall Dillon and his Deputy, Festus, as they work to clean up the mean streets of Dodge City, in rebroadcast episodes of Gunsmoke!
I think this is a news addiction I’m really going to enjoy! Where’s the popcorn?