Friday, February 12, 2010

Top Five "Non-Cable" News Programs

There are two types of people in this world, those that follow the news religiously, and those that don't.  I'm a news junkie... I can't get enough of it.  One reaction I received from friends and family when I told them that I was cutting cable was, "How are you going to watch the news?"  A strange thing has happened, something unexpected really...  I now watch more and better quality news, than I did when I had cable TV.

Wait a second... with cable TV, you have access to 24/7 news on stations like CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News!!!  True, but I was getting tired of watching a bunch of political hacks providing 1% news and 99% opinion.  Now I'm watching loads of high quality, non-partisan news, using a combination of Broadcast TV and Internet Channels available through my Roku box.  With that in mind, here's my top 5 "Non-Cable" news sources.

5. White House Weekly Address - Ever since F.D.R. United States Presidents have given a weekly radio address.  When George W. Bush was in office, his administration made use of internet technology to broadcast the weekly radio address with an audio podcast.  President Obama, now delivers the weekly via a video podcast.  This podcast is carried on Roku through the Mediafly channel.  Instead of hearing pundits deliver the White House message, it's always best to get the information directly from the source.

4. Face the Nation - This news show is broadcast weekly on CBS.  I catch the video podcast on Mediafly and watch it on my on schedule.  Bob Schieffer has been doing this for a long time.  He gets respect, terrific guests, and discusses timely issues.

3. CNN - Yes... you can get CNN without cable TV.  Mediafly carries a few CNN channels including "CNN In Case You Missed It", and "CNN Daily".  Both shows give you a quick view of the days news.

2. PBS NEWSHOUR  - In my opinion, this is the best evening news show!  The  major networks have cut down their evening news programs to a half hour each night.  With all the events going on in the world, a half an hour is barely enough time to scratch the surface, so they give 1 minute or so to each news story.  What makes PBS NEWSHOUR great is that they choose about 4 topics and dig deep to give you a full reporting of each story.

1. Frontline - What's great about Frontline?  Everything!!!  It is the most thought provoking show on television.  Every show, Frontline chooses one topic and analyzes it from all angles.  If the topic is political the show addresses the facts and they film interviews that give opinions from the left and the right.  For a hot button topic like healthcare reform, they don't try to explain a 2,000 page proposal, they simply show how other countries handle healthcare and let you decide.  Most of all they deliver a wealth of information in an easily digestible format.  Some of my favorite Frontline shows include: