I love old movies, I love reruns of Frasier and Everybody Loves Raymond. I watch a lot of FOX and CNN. I watch some QVC and a lot of the Food Channel and HGTV. I have always loved TV and probably always will.
I hadn't thought of the Springer when I'd planned to write this, but there it is, another good reason for no television. Another is a show like Maury Pauvich, which someone told me is still on since last time I actually watched a whole show maybe 15 years ago in total disgust: his show dealt then with nothing but young punks who come on and get DNA tests read so they can know who the girl's baby is.
Let's talk NEWS. Remember "News at 6, film at 11?" I think we should go back to that. I think the cable news shows are angry, misinforming editorials pushed as truth. I don't want to hear Rachel Maddow's scathing bias toward anything Conservative presented as information. I don't want to hear a leftist and a rightist screaming at each other on Hannity's show while he butts in, adding a third pitch to an already unlistenable mess. I don't want to look at Bob Beckel or Geraldo or Wolf Blitzer or Olbermann ever again (Is he still on?). I don't want to see Joe Scarborough pass himself off as Conservative......I don't want to see people like Lawrence O'Donnell announce he's a Socialist and get his own show for it. Not in America. We don't go that far. Oh, sorry...MSNBC does hire avowed Socialists, doesn't it. Oh, and I'm tired of hearing Bob Beckel on THE FIVE wait for any chance he can possibly get to mention his alcoholism and drug abuse. Who CARES? That's a man of character? And I REALLY don't give a hoot about anything Shepard Smith says, either. Why should I care what he thinks? His little add-ons of personal opinion at the end of news stories make me grit my teeth. I turn the channel when he's on almost faster than I do when I see Obama.
I swear I think the news being on 24/7 is SICK. I don't WANT to know about yet another teen missing or another baby stolen. I feel for them, but I think it's scary that we all have to hear and digest all that CONSTANT BAD NEWS.
I don't want to see food channel competitions where 5 people are hoping they don't get CHOPPED from the cooking competition and have the cameraman hone in on the thrilled, smiling faces of other chefs as one gets excoriated. It teaches bad character and it should stop.
I don't want to see dimwitted, good looking young men and women posing as stock experts on all the cable channels. As if we need to know their reasoning for the DOW going up or down? As Kid so aptly said in his blog post the other day, why don't they just say "Market up (or down) today, nobody knows why"! They usually don't know, anyway.
I'm tired of seeing Late Night TV shows slam pretty near only Conservatives (and pretty near EVERY Conservative) and a public who thinks by now that that's normal. Late Night TV is also free DNC advertising, which bugs the $^#&@*; out of me. I'm tired of seeing Joy Behar on THE VIEW doing her DNC plugs, too. Oh, and Whoopi and Barbara Walters, and.......... oh, and then there's that lousy excuse for a conservative, Elizabeth what's her name.........she ought to marry Joe Scarborough; they're the perfect couple.
I'm tired of commercials where fathers' kids roll their eyes at them and mothers who lie about having borrowed their daughters' clothes. I'm tired of a public stupid enough to think a man's going to take Viagra and be happy sitting in a bathtub on a lake holding hands with his woman who's sitting in a matching bathtub on the lake. By the way, do YOU have a bathtub, let alone two, on YOUR lake? :-) I also ask you to notice these Viagra commercials and tell me how many have the woman leading her man up the stairs because he's apparently just taken a pill. 100%. I thought the pill was supposed to turn HIM on, why isn't HE doing the ol' Fred Astaire two-step up the stairs to the bedroom? :-)
I rarely watch Sitcoms (except the reruns I mentioned above) but the language is pretty amazing these days, only to be out-raunched by the SITUATIONS in these Situation Comedies. From what I understand, nearly every sitcom has a gay character. Do you know that many gays in your life? I don't. Nothing against gays, but there are NOT gays living next door to EVERYBODY in real life. It's just not true, so why...? And who CARES if the people next door are gay? Why's it so sitcom worthy? How about the way kids speak to their parents and get away with it, or the really debauched story lines .....well, I could go on and on, but just think ROSEANNE and remember the situations SHE put in her show. Do YOU know people like that? I don't. But, it sure lowers the BAR (pardon the unintentional pun) for society. And don't tell me it doesn't do that.....the constant drip, drip, drip of immorality and bad language and disrespect and everything else portrayed in newer sitcoms is good for NOTHING but a cheap laugh.
I think they ought to take the P out of PBS because THIS part of that P doesn't want her taxes spent on Bill Moyers-types anymore. And I don't want to be wooed into giving money to my BS station (Without the P, see what that station REALLY is? I TOLD you! HA!)...anyway, I don't want to see them wooing viewers to SUPPORT BRITISH COMEDIES on PBS, interviewing my favorite Keeping Up Appearances' cast, and then seeing they don't show that program again for months. Bait and switch ticks me off.
I like Dr OZ, though I very, very rarely watch him (though a very close friend works with him; thankfully, she doesn't read my blog!)......but I don't want to hear about REALLY personal things the likes of which I don't even want to type here so you'll know what I mean. I think you know without my having to mention them.. And I don't want to hear Dr Phil, either......who can't tell these guests of his just want to be on television? Otherwise, why would ANYBODY tell the revealing things about their affairs, financial problems, unkindness toward others ON TELEVISION???
Please, everyone...don't tell me "You don't have to watch it if you don't like it." I know that, and it's so not the point; nobody has to say that to me, and I'm old enough and mature enough that I don't worry about indoctrination and debauched subject lines and I DO change the channel if I don't like something. But people (and teens) DO watch all the junk I mention above or the shows wouldn't be on. And people are influenced by those shows.
Debauched, immoral, bad taste, too personal, bad influences, nasty language........American television today. And yes, I know "hey, Z, who's to say what's bad taste?"....as if bad taste isn't recognizable anymore in America. OH, wait...it isn't. Which is worth another whole blog post.
How do you feel about it? I love to watch television........but I think it's doing a lot of harm. "News at five, film at eleven." THOSE were the good ol' days.....
Do you agree? And do you have another pet peeve than the ones I've mentioned?