John Cole at Balloon Juice and I are on the same page.
…I just can’t keep up with the news. I quit watching cable tv and honestly have not even TUNED to CNN, Fox, MSNBC, or even any of the broadcast news shows or Sunday programs since the election, and have basically just been reading newspapers and websites. And it’s impossible to keep up with what Trump is doing because 95% of the stuff that comes out of his campaign is just pure bullshit.
My drive to and from work has been to the serious jazz on WDNA in Miami and at the office I’m streaming classical music from Interlochen Public Radio out of northern Michigan. (I used to stream CBC Radio 2 but they went commercial and so the stream is blocked in the U.S.) I have a full TiVo schedule of good and guilty-pleasure TV (“NCIS” to “Timeless” to “Mom”) and a subscription to Netflix which has me catching up with the goings-on in the Bartlet administration and the history of the British royal family.
But like John and a lot of my fellow pixel-chasing wretches in the Blogosphere, I read newspapers and websites, not all left-wing and not always political commentary. I’ve kept up with my creative writing by submitting to both local and national playwriting opportunities. With the holidays — all of them — practically at our throats, it’s time to plan for my trip to visit my parents over the Christmas weekend and help others plan their celebrations as well as think about what to do while school is out.
I’m not going to completely ignore the impending Trump apocalypse. But I’m not going to rise to the clickbait, either. So a half-term governor of Alaska is being considered for a cabinet post. Yes, that calls for both horrified mirth and rafter-shaking rage, but like a loud fart at a cocktail party you just have to endure the shame and hope that the damage is slight.