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Boycotting The Evening News....

March 9, 2009
by Tim Tolan
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These are truly amazing times we are in today. I certainly do not profess to have all of the answers – although I do have a few questions and nobody seems to be able to answer any of them! Most of you are busy running your IT shop and have other things to think about! It can certainly get to you and can have a serious affect on your attitude if you let it! Plus…your staff will smell fear a mile away. The speed of the leader is the speed of the pack.

My biggest question (and I hope I am not alone hear) is why the media continues to fuel the fear and negativity in this market (that is already in the tank). Being an incurable optimist – this troubles me to no end - as I simply don’t get their logic. Every network news producer and news anchor on national television that owns real estate, stocks, bonds and mutual funds for their personal wealth and retirement is sabotaging their own wealth every time they open their mouth. They can’t seem to help themselves.

It’s the lead story every single day and they seem to love every minute of it.

I struggle to understand their logic as their negative economy bashing reporting seems to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. It seems the more they beat this story to death the worse it gets as they inflict more fear in the American people.

Ben Stein did an excellent piece on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday about the media and how they have torpedoed this economy and created more fear than anyone could have dreamed possible.

The media coverage of today’s economy reminds me of (Dirty Laundry) the song by Don Henley

“I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor, but I wound up here
I just have to look good, I dont have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em when theyre down
Kick em when theyre up
Kick em all around”

So… Guess what? I have decided that for the next 30 days I will not be watching the news. Nope – not me. I have instead opted to get all of my content (pre-selected) from the web. I am not putting my head in the sand but I am taking a break from watching this junk! Instead, I will be choosing what I digest regarding the news. It will be content that I deem to be important to me, my family, my clients and my business. Based on what I have seen over the past several months from the network news I won’t be missing much. I have already seen this movie – and I don’t need to see it over and over and over…..

I will not allow the media to kick me all around.

Nope. I’m done!

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Anthony:

Thanks for bringing this up! I, of course, want to be fair and balanced in my views of the media. Your point makes it all too clear for me! Back to your point - when not reporting depressing news - they usually "major in minors"....

Tim. Don't sell the media too short, because when they're not reporting depressing news, they're regaling us with gems like this:

The Obama Administration's drink of choice? Coke, not Pepsi

I wish the entire focus was on turning our economy around and not on this kind of junk! Americans will be smiling too when he gets some traction on all of the promises he made. Oh - I forgot - that was campaign jibber jabber...

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