You are what you read or watch on TV

Basically, there are only so many media outlets shaping the country’s appetite for news and also a slew of outlets that do not, ever, want to mention anything about the news at all, preferring to coddle the electorate with kill-for-an-inch sports as entertainment. All these media outlets, all of them, pander to their viewers’ and readers’ prejudices.

The Blaze and the New York Post are read and Fox News is watched by the people who think they run the country.

The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Time magazine are read and NPR is listened to by people who think they should be running the country.

The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and The Hill are read by people who actually do run the country.

USA Today and Parade are read by the spouses, partners and supporters of the people who run the country.

The Wall Street Journal and The Economist are read by people who own the country.

The Daily Caller and Red State are read by people who think the country should be lead by another country, preferably a fascist one.

The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Daily News and Occupy Democrats are read by people who think it already is.

CNN and Vanity Fair don’t actually care who runs the country as long as there are screaming headlines, celebrities and loads of sex scandals.

Twitter spews out verbal diarrhea, carefully bagged by the above for constant re-examination.

Facebook, Spotify and Instagram are a mirror onto one’s own tight existence devoid of impact in the real world, and, never least, 25 sports media outlets now covering sports as entertainment 24 hours a day when viewers, readers and listeners can pretend the news doesn’t matter (except if you drop to a knee).

With the upcoming election devolving into a popularity poll based on the appeal/disdain of the leaders in D.C. you want to support/hate instead of the person you are actually voting for, the selection from the list above may tell you more about yourself and the prejudices you have already than reveal your capability to make a difference and vote for the person best suited on a local level to support causes you actually believe in.


Peter Riva, a former resident of Amenia Union, now lives in New Mexico.