My grandmother watches the evening news, which isn't particularly noteworthy except that it's not something that I do unless I'm near someone who does. I tend to get my news via the radio, and the Internet, and while the visuals are instructive, it's not something that I've had a lot of experience watching in recent years.

Which is why I was surprised by how bad they've gotten in the past few years. Not only is the news shorter, but there's less variation in the coverage (all the networks/shows cover the same half dozen stories, with much the same slant.) And there's this pervasive inline advertising thing which I swear is a new phenomena. It's unsettling at the very least.

ps. I also correctly diagnosed a case of spasmodic disphonia in they junior senator from main on the television.