Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
I've made a dramatic change in my life, one that I'm not yet sure of. The more I think about it, though, the more confident I am that all will be fine.
There are few things in my life that have been constant: starting my day with The Today Show on NBC is one of them. Whether in college or graduate school, working in D.C. or California, or back in Minnesota, turning the television on as soon as I wake is a long-lived habit. First it was Tom and Jane; I still miss them. A number of others have come and gone. My recent favorite is Ann Curry. Except, oh wait, yeah, they fired her last week.
So, in one sense a form of protest, I won't be watching The Today Show on NBC any more. Of course, another reason I won't watch it is that it's no longer a news show; it's an entertainment show with about two minutes per hour of someone reading the news. I can get more "news" out of skimming my e-mail.
My dilemma now is this: what do I replace The Today Show with? This morning, I briefly tried both CBS and ABC. One had irritating "banter" with people who really rubbed me the wrong way. The other had two songs by "The Wiggles" during the ten minutes I watched. (Really? Do many 3-and 4-year-olds watch TV news in the morning?)
I didn't have time to try CNN, but I usually find them to be a bit "much" first thing in the morning. I prefer to have my news brought to me by someone I can relate to, in a friendly manner, and at a "hey, I'm just waking up" pace.
I could relate to Ann (and Matt, Meredith, Katie and Al) because we're all about the same age. I liked Ann because she is smart and human.
I'm sure I'm not alone. Whether others will take the drastic step of essentially boycotting NBC over this, time will tell. I just know that I can't continue to watch, as if nothing has happened. I'm still mourning the retirements of Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauly, for pete's sake.
Meanwhile, the search goes on for a new morning routine. And I'm starting to think that maybe watching TV news won't be part of it. (Perhaps I can make a shift in my night-time routine as well, and allow for a little more sleep time?)