I have a confession to make.
I haven’t watched TV news since sometime back in September. Not the 24-hour talking heads channels, not the broadcast network’s evening summaries, not even 60 Minutes.
But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping up with current events, in all their crappyness.
Instead of suffering through all the faux debates and BREAKING NEWS!!, I returned to only consuming day-old news.
Some of it comes from the old fashioned paper delivered to the door every morning. Some on websites that write about events from several days or even weeks ago. Maybe a video or two when appropriate.
Information sources like the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Guardian (UK) whose writers and editors go beyond just relating what happened but also why it matters.
Of course, that doesn’t mean those day-old sources are 100% accurate. Even with the extra time to develop some context for events, they sometimes make mistakes. Occasionally they create misleading, even stupid, headlines. Even so, day-old is a whole lot more accurate than up-to-the-minute.
I’m not sure I’m a better informed person for this change. And the extra effort required may not be for everyone.
But I feel better.1