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The older you get, the more things hurt. Or maybe, we’re just more aware of the pain? Aware, present, some people even say woke; all can mean the same thing especially when it comes to today’s news and/or political environment.

A few days ago I was listening to a podcast interview with Katie Couric discussing the origins of CNN. I didn’t know it, but she was actually working there in one of her first news jobs as they launched the new cable news channel. She recalled her and the staff’s shock when they realized Ted Turner’s vision of what he said as “blasting the sh*t” out of the news to everyone all the time. A good portion of us remember those days of three networks and three nightly news casts, and that was it for our news consumption. Before you email me to correct that statement, yes, there was the local news and morning network news shows. And don’t forget PBS. They had some news programming as well. That clarification aside, the rest of the adult working day was taken up by reading the paper, going to work, probably smoking during meetings and then going home to watch the news.

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Michael Ogden

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