In the morning I like to watch the local NBC affiliate while I read the NYTimes. My daughter will often ask me questions about what's on the news, such as "why is everyone so happy this Bowe guy got out of prison? His parents should be ashamed of him!" It helps to be there to gently clear up her misconceptions.
But I've had this nagging thought for weeks now: How much of what I'm reading in the Times or seeing on TV is caused by conservatives flailing around demanding their irrational prejudices be enforced as the law of the land and universally respected as truth? On any given day it seems like 80% or more. Even the weather isn't immune.
Perhaps its time for a media diet.