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March 13, 2008 - Lee Smith
As a newspaper editor, I admit I'm a nerd. I watch a lot of news shows, read several newspapers each day and even pay attention to C-SPAN now and then. I've caught myself watching federal budget hearings and had to throw down the remote and remind myself to go for a walk. It's just that all this stuff is happening out there and I like learning about it. Odd? Well, at least I'm in the right job. In any case, if asked to recommend some stuff to watch to keep up on events, then I definitely have my favorites. Here are some: Special Report with Brit Hume on Fox News. For those of who are Fox-bashers, try watching the network once. Especially Mr. Hume, whose show is straight news, plus insights you can't get elsewhere. The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. PBS' long-standing show gets high ratings for being fair. They seek to delve deeper into issues. Charlie Rose. The interviewer is on late night on PBS in this area. Topics range from new movies to Middle East diplomacy. Mr. Rose is fair and well-informed. 360 with Anderson Cooper. This, along with Wolf Blitzer's Situation Room, are the best on CNN. If the network would get rid of Larry King and Lou Dobbs, I might watch more CNN. Hey Larry, Janet Jackson for the whole show? Why? Hey Lou: You don't like illegal immigrants. We get it. Next topic, please. O'Reilly Factor on Fox. Bill is a lot more fair and balanced than Fox-bashers would have you believe. I don't agree with everything he says, but you gain insight whether you agree or not. Red Eye on Fox. Sometimes hilarious, which is a plus given it's attempt to be. I don't or can't watch all of these every day. If I can only watch one, it's Special Report. I generally read or at least scan the StarTribune, Mankato Free Press, Marshall Independent and New Ulm Journal each day. In addition, I am bombarded each day by emails from countless special interest groups, each with their own agendas. I read some, quickly. Groups sending releases don't seem to have a good idea of what a smalltown daily newspaper needs — mainly, information with significance or connection to this area. Just a hint there, folks.


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