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Censoring by the media

16 Oct

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This past Sunday, I watched the space jump both on tv and live on the internet. CNN chose to cut away when Felix Baumgartner jumped from his capsule and headed back to earth.  I continued to watch this exciting live footage on the internet. When he successfully landed, the CNN host  explained that the network cut away for obvious reasons. Well, I just shot off an email to CNN for what it is worth. It basically said while I understand their decision to cut away (in case something went terribly wrong) that I am 55 years old, and I don’t need anyone including CNN telling me what to watch on tv. I already have an item for that, it is called a remote control. The media shows us what they want us to see, and has been doing so for many years. Why do you think they used to call the tv, the boob tube? I was offended. While I was hoping that Mr. Baumgartner made a successful jump, (and he did) I wanted to watch what was going on live. Don’t get me wrong. I believe that parents of small children should always monitor their activities including watching tv and computer viewing.  Additionally, CNN had it on a 20 second delay in case something did go wrong! So I guess I am addressing this post today to all the media outlets including tv, newspapers, and radio to name just a few. Let us (the public, your viewers) decide what is best for us to watch, read, or listen to. We can handle it! I’m curious. How do you feel about it? Do you feel that the media should control what you watch? Was I wrong in sending CNN a viewer email with my opinion about it?  I welcome your remarks.

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