A few weeks ago Matt and I started watching HBO’s The Newsroom. We had watched one or two episodes when it first came out but we just couldn’t’ get into in. But then after finishing a few other series on demand/netflix (The Tudors, The Good Wife and The Walking Dead all completed in a few weeks of binge watching) we were looking for another show to fill our evenings, particularly during the week since all of our regular TV shows (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk and Game of Thrones) are all on Sundays. So a few weeks ago we started watching Newsroom again.
For some reason, this time it stuck. After watching a few episodes back-to-back, Matt and I looked at each other and thought “man, I wish there was something like this in real life – you know, where you can find out what’s going on in the world on a nightly basis.” Half joking/half serious, that led us to make a very tough decision.
Since I graduated college and entered the real world — well, more importantly, got a TV in my bedroom, I’ve been a die hard Today Show fan. As soon as I get out of the shower, I put on NBC and spend the next 30-60 minutes with my good friend Matt Lauer and whomever his lady-of-the moment is, be it Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry (briefly) or now, Savannah Guthrie. Sadly, over the years, the show has lost its focus and covers more gossip than news. So, ladies and gentleman… the Englehauer household has made the decision to switch our morning programming to MSNBC (pause for conservatives to freak out and tell me it is super liberal).
Matt tried to convince me that FOX would be a good choice, since it is so “fair and balanced. ” I laughed in him face. We decided to give MSNBC a try – this way we aren’t entirely abandoning the NBC family. But we’ll see how it goes – in an ideal world we would be watching ACN and Will McAvoy.
In another effort to be more connected to the news of the real world (well, that’s not entirely fair, since The Newsroom does cover “real” news – it is just slightly dated) I’ve also been trying to make more of an effort to read the news online. My parents were die hard newspaper readers, flipping through two papers every morning with their coffee. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit this trait. Thankfully, I found a site that helps a bit with my inability to understand intellectual journalism; the Skimm.
By signing up for this service, I receive a daily email that summarizes what’s going on in the news in a fun way. Their style of writing/reporting probably isn’t for everyone; but for some, it totally works. I am pretty sure Neal Sampat is the digital genius behind this site.