What type of news coverage do you prefer, local or national? Are you more interested in positive news stories or do you watch the news to stay informed about the crime happening around you? Additionally, do you enjoy following politics and staying updated on the current state of affairs of our city or country? Let’s talk about it… #letstalkaboutit

Lisa Aasland: “ It’s always about violence, politics, who did what to who, who got shot, knifed,who died in a terrible accident, what politician said what to who, it’s just so depressing and frustrating, there is rarely anything positive. I told my Mom that I didn’t watch the news and she asked, ‘how are you going to know what’s going on?’I can find out by googling anything in small doses.”

Robert Vasquez: “ Television programming, it’s all propaganda. It’s the worst kind of oppression, self induced mental oppression. In order to divide a population you have to give them choices without knowing the 2 parties are actually working together.”

Frances Casales Potter: “Positive news! MSNBC STILL ONE OF BEST !”

Candy Yvonne: “I used to like it all 10 years ago, but not anymore. I have fallen away from them gradually. All mainstream media is full of shameful lies, agendas, and deception. Programming people. That is exactly why guides are called programming. I now veer away from any mainstream media and rely on others that I find outside of television.”

Felipe Hinojosa: “Anything but meteorologists telling people that there is going to be 100% rain for Thursday, Friday, Saturday… and the weekend comes and goes and no rain.”

Didi Heagerty : “I want the news, good, bad, and indifferent. I want the facts. I don’t want opinions about what the news means. I am intelligent enough to form an opinion of my own. I don’t want it dumbed-down. I am capable of deciding what the news tells me. As an old television show used to say, ‘The facts, nothing but the facts’.”

Bruce Watson: “In my opinion, as a former journalist, it is GREAT that you don’t watch the news. Other than a few sober and responsible programs, most TV news is simplistic fear-mongering. You should, however, try to read a paper or two plus a news magazine. You will find them much more reasoned and in depth. Congratulations.”

Rob Gonzales: “Local news only now. National cable outlets are about profits and not about journalism anymore.”

Donna Halper: “ I’m a watcher, a reader, and a listener, since it’s my belief you can’t really be informed unless you expose yourself to various perspectives and various ways of telling the story. I watch the NBC Evening News with Lester Holt, and when time permits, I watch Meet the Press on NBC (and/or sometimes Face the Nation on CBS). I also check out reporters like Shep Smith and Bret Baier on Fox News, Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, John Dickerson on CBS, and Jake Tapper on CNN. I listen to NPR’s All Things Considered, as well as my local news stations here in Boston (we have one on AM and two on FM). I read The Week, Time, The Nation (from the left) and The Weekly Standard (from the right). Among commentators on cable news, I like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes on MSNBC. Online, I like TalkingPointsMemo from the left, and National Review from the right. And I faithfully read the New York Times and Washington Post online (I subscribe to both). There are also certain reporters whose work I have found reliable, and I seek them out too (for example, NBC’s Pete Williams is a very well-respected reporter on justice and the courts).”

Lydia Curran: “I like to watch local news, and I also like to watch news that goes around the world. I watch and listen to our political news to keep informed. I just want to hear what’s going on in the world, local and worldwide and political…”

Gregorio De La Paz: “Both. Just the truth.”

Beverly Ann White: “In general, it negatively affects your health. All news programs today use conflict as a tool to stimulate viewership. In other words we are manipulated to watch because the format of the shows causes our bodies to release chemicals that simulate our fight or flight response. That is the same response that we get when we are under stress at work or home. One such chemical is called cortisol and it leads to inflammation of the heart, lungs and brain as well as contributes to fat storage and hardening of our arteries. It can even cause Type 2 diabetes over time. In the past I tried an experiment that most people would think was extreme. I stopped watching television for two years. In that time I expanded my business (Engineering Services), earned more money and increased my knowledge immensely. I was healthier, calmer and even looked better. Stress distorts our faces and our posture.I only began watching again after a real event that was so much bigger than anything I had seen before had me hanging onto every word of news on the TV. That event was the attack on the world trade center on September 11, 2001.”

Neil Hanson: “I could see Fox for what it was when it started decades ago. Realizing that it was just a sensationalized propaganda outlet for the right wing in America, I generally only tune in when I’m curious about what the kool aid looks like that the right wing is consuming. It’s become pretty predictable though. So, I don’t watch fake news, but instead prefer to tune into any number of mainstream and credible news sources.”

Ramon Chapa Jr.: “Don’t watch local news! Keep up with National News, CNN and MSNBC. Read papers, Everyday, SA Express News, New Braunfels Herald, USA Today and La Prensa Texas. That way if it’s bad news, I skip over it!”