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The News
by Richard Lee King
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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I don't pay much attention to the news anymore. Oh you can't escape hearing some of it, but I don't sit and watch it and I only skim the headlines in my morning paper. That depress's me enough. Besides, at my age, I'm not going to do a damn thing about it anyway, why let it get me all worked up?


I get a paper every morning
to keep up with yesterdays sport,
but once I’ve read those pages
the rest of it, I abort.
I rarely read the front page
and I seldom watch the news.
That stuff is really depressing
and I’m not into singing the blues.
Oh, I’ll take a gander at the headlines,
maybe, scan an article or two,
but seldom will I take the time
to read them all the way through.
I’m not a well informed American,
I may have shirked my obligation,
but I know our cause is just
and I stand up for our nation.
Of course, I watch lots of television,
so often times I still see.
There’ll be something about the news
that seriously depresses me.
Or there will be a conversation,
of which I am a part,
when something will come up
that really touches my heart.
And, of course, I’m on the internet
several times each day.
Most everything that’s important
comes to me that way.
You can’t always believe it,
but that’s also true of the papers.
You have to read between the lines
if you’re to understand the capers.
Beyond that, I’m often involved
in friendly conversations
in which we discuss the local news
as well as that which affects the nation.
Many years ago
I was watching 60 minutes,
seemed every single story
had something discouraging in it.
I turned to my wife,
as they discussed another insurance trap.
She said “It’s all so depressing,
why do we watch this crap.”
That very night we resolved
we’d not watch it anymore.
Now the only reporting I watch
involves someone reporting a score.
If it doesn’t happen on the sports page,
or rather, isn’t reported there,
very likely it’s not something
about which I will care.
I’m sorry if that seems selfish,
but I live a happy life.
I just don’t want to mess it up
with all that stress and strife.
© Copyright 2011 Richard Lee King
Author of: A Pursuit of Life & The Price of Freedom


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Reviewed by Janna Hill 9/6/2011
Found it! Glad I'm not alone under this rock.
Thank you.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/26/2011
A smart move. I find myself watching the TV news with the intent to mock it and the big boobed gerbils reading their teleprompters without the slightest understanding of the distorted facts or the simplest concepts. Cheap amusement. Giggle Giggle,back to you Dick. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/24/2011
You know a lot of people feel exactly the same way! I read the newspaper every single morning...and rarely do I read about anything positive in life! It's the same thing with tv seems the media pays way too much attention to negativity! Perhaps if they aired something that had an upbeat feel to it....more people would be able to view it without getting depressed. That said, the world at large doesn't have a lot of positive stuff going on most of the time. Really enjoyed your upbeat rhythm in this piece, Richard!

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 1/20/2011
What about the comics???

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 1/20/2011
....too much info about nothing sometimes..........Morgan
Reviewed by karen logan 1/20/2011
My sentaments exactly Dick! I don't watch tv either. For the same reason. But you just can not escape it. Its out there and at some point you get mud slung in your face colored with the trash they sell on tv or in the well you know what I mean. Great read.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/20/2011
I do suppose that sometimes, ignorance is bliss!
Reviewed by Judith Ann (Reader) 1/20/2011
I don't watch the news or read the papers either. I have enough current events in my own life that depress me. I don't need to read other peoples. Sometimes I'll hear someone talking about something that has happened and I'll ask "who did that?" My husband will look at me strangely and say "What rock have you been under." The world will probably come to an end and we will all be asking each other..."When did that happen and who did it?" Maybe the answer will be we did because we didn't stay informed huh?
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/20/2011
There’ll be something about the news
that seriously depresses me.

They need to change the name of the news shows to the depression shows. Most 'news' today is extremely depressing.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 1/19/2011
To each his or her own and can't say that I blame you either. Me I like to gather the facts, not hearsay, the facts, and decide for myself, leaving all pundits behind in the dust...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by The Poetess 1/19/2011
A well written wisdom. After a few experiences I've had, with reporters, I realized that the news is often not accurate and that some reporters have serious control issues and use their position to manipulate people into thinking and believing what they want them to. Who wants to be subjected to that? I am sure there are some reporters who have integrity and heart. But how do we know who is who and what is or is not true?
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/19/2011
I am also a newsless person lol, I only buy a paper for the crossword puzzle if I need to kill time, I only watch NASCAR and the odd comedy movie on TV and what news I do get is what is on the radio while I am driving because it is too much of a pain to shut it off in between my country music lol
Reviewed by John Bidwell 1/19/2011
Wonderful poetry- and very good wisdom!

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