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So Many Choices, So Little Time

I’m finding myself in an unusual quandary regarding my television watching. I’ve let you guys know which prime time shows I’ve been watching as of late, but what I’ve neglected to share with you is how drawn I am to news programs and commentaries.

I’ve become an avid watcher of “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” This airs live at 5 p.m.weekdays on MSNBC on Time Warner Cable Channel 49 out of Amsterdam.

What I love about Matthews is both his intellect and tenaciousness and not being afraid of conflict and going after divergent views.

At one time, not long ago, I thought all such news programs were nothing but boring. As I have followed the late Peter Jennings news and commentary, Good Morning America, 60 minutes and ABC World News I have been more interested in a variety of news programs.

I have been a devotee of ABC News since the days of Peter Jennings and Charlie Gibson (first on Good Morning America and then on World News). Jennings and Gibson, like Matthews, seemed to honestly care deeply about what they reported on and so that makes me and the audience care as well.

Since Jennings passed away and Gibson retired the anchor now is Diane Sawyer, and I’m a bit iffy about her. Though I think she’s a comprehensive reporter, she has big shoes to fill.

George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts both made a good transition, but George especially brings years in the political ring and time as a reporter to bear as a respected voice. Prior to joining ABC News, he was a senior political adviser to the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and later became the White House Communications Director. I tell you all this because I think he definitely has chops politically.

And why do I care about politics these days? I’m not really sure but what George Bushes eight years in the presidency really got me stirred up about politics. I really wanted Gore to win, and to some extent, at least in the popular vote, he did. But the Republican views of Bush made me all the more appreciative when Obama was elected. For those of you guys that do follow politics, wouldn’t you agree there has been a big change from the right wing policies of Bush and Chemey to those of Obama and Biden? After all, Obama ran on the slogan, “Time for a change,” won by a good majority and continues to be a popular president. As of this writing, he is at 51 percent approval rating in spite of all the Republican attacks.

Now guys, I realize I’m in a small minority of Democrats in our upstate New York burg. I certainly mean no offense to any Republicans reading me. But I’ve made my position pretty clear with you throughout the years that I lean to the left and please don’t send me any debate material on how the government is taking over our lives.

On a lighter note, I do like watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Weekend Report on Saturday Night Live. They both use wit and humor to discuss world events, but I wouldn’t advise getting all my news information from them as some seem to do.

I also like Entertainment Tonight which airs weekdays at 7 p.m. on NBC. After all, entertainment news and what actors are up to is where I started all this.

About Kathryn Spira

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland, OH who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County, New York. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site