Why I Quit the News Cold Turkey

NewsI quit watching the news on television during the first Gulf War when I was pregnant with our firstborn. I read somewhere that babies started to recognize the voices in their lives before they were even born, and I didn’t want our baby to think Tom Brokow was her father.

I subscribed to Newsweek, though, so I kept current with the news. Until I had our second child and didn’t have as much time to read, so I switched to radio news. I’d listen in the car and on the stereo at home.

Finally, I realized that teaching full time and parenting full time gave me no time for quiet, so I quit the news cold turkey. Call me an avoider or an ostrich, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I haven’t missed anything.

The weather is too hot or too cold.

Nations can’t get along with each other and there’s a war or genocide or act of terror or aggression going on.

Somebody killed somebody else in cold blood.

The economy is either going up or down.

A natural disaster claimed lives.

Somebody famous did something that has earned everyone’s ire/respect/vitriol.

A politician has lied or broken a promise.

With social media, I can keep track of the real news—whose child has made a great choice. An unexpected kindness from a stranger changes someone’s day. A friend or a stranger needs prayer.

I’d go so far as to say that the news is unbiblical. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

The news? It certainly doesn’t meet those standards!

The news just doesn't meet the standards I want to live by. Click To Tweet

What are your thoughts on the news?

Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a 'recovering cancer caregiver' who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

Please note: We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • I haven’t ever been one to watch the news on tv or read it in the paper but I do get a ton of it on social media and it can be a trap, and cause a lot of anxiety. I do my best to avoid the news just so i don’t go to bed worried about a billion things. I am so happy I am not alone in this quest to rejoice with friends and to pray for them in both the good and the bad. As servants of Christ HE should be the news we share. When someone says to me “did you see the news? So and and died” or “there was a bombing” the only one who can truly mend hearts and bring comfort and peace is the One -our Saviour. Handing it all to Him definitely makes for more restful days and nights. Thank you for sharing your heart once again Anita!!
    Marisa recently posted…God Doesn’t Always Cause an Earthquake to get His Point AcrossMy Profile

  • I avoid the news…even on social media. It’s entertainment and polemics dressed up as journalism, and I don’t have enough days left to waste on all that blather.

    Rather listen to the wind in the sage.
    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser recently posted…Your Dying Spouse 126 – My Rock And Roll Girl {FMF}My Profile

  • “I didn’t want our baby to think Tom Brokaw was her father.” Haha! Laughing out loud at this one, Anita! 😉 I find I can only handle so much of the news online, and I click away. Too much heartache. I’d rather read about hope, just like you. 🙂 Enjoy your time away!

  • Anita, I cracked up at the Tom Brokaw comment. 🙂 I haven’t watched the news in years, because the events themselves only change in that the names and locations are different. I catch a little news in the Sunday paper or if a scrolling headline catches my curiosity on our home page. I don’t find that I’m missing much. And Phil 4:8 is one of my life verses. I’d much rather fill my thoughts with those things than what the world tells me I need to know.
    Jeanne Takenaka recently posted…News: Sharing Good NewsMy Profile

  • When you become a mother you lose those connections. I remember never believing that I could go days without knowing the date. 🙂 I used to try to coax my children into listening to news radio. They preferred books on cd. Philippians 4 keeps coming to my mind. Thanks for the reminder

    • I used to love listening to Paul Harvey tell ‘The Rest of the Story’ at noon whilst eating peanut butter and raisin sandwhichs on freshly baked bread. But most newscasters don’t do the Paul Harvey thing, do they!?
      Anita Ojeda recently posted…February Taught Me My Need for a PlanMy Profile

  • Oh Anita. I so hear you. In college, my degree was communications and now today I don’t hardly ver watch the news. I’ll read the feel good stuff but avoid the yucky stuff. That Phillippians verse was a part of a Bible study I led at a nursing home today. Such a good reminder for us all.
    Tara recently posted…The Good NewsMy Profile

  • I knew I didn’t need to read your post, hehe. Exactly. I can’t stand the ugly news. I depend on Shane to tell me what I need to know.
    Christy recently posted…Extra Extra Read All About itMy Profile

  • I need to subscribe to your news because you have it. It repeats daily. Love this, Anita!
    Debby recently posted…#fmf NewsMy Profile

  • Just another kindred thing about us, my friend! I am not a news watcher (or reader much either!) I like to stay somewhat aware – but my focus is always on good news and it seems the normal ‘news sources’ never really focus on those stories! Love this!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted…When Everything Feels Hard and All the News Seems Heavy… A Five Minute Friday postMy Profile

  • Well, isn’t that just the TRUTH? Thank you.
    Susan Shipe recently posted…five minute friday: newsMy Profile

  • I hear ya friend. It can become very sobering and depressing to watch the news, I agree! Happy Friday to you! Have a great weekend!
    Rachel recently posted…I’ve Got News!My Profile

  • You have me laughing with your intro! And yes, I agree, that you’re not missing much by avoiding the news. It depresses and worries us. Sometimes I try to remember just to pray over it. More often, it just gets me in a negative frame of mind!

  • Love this, Anita.
    My littlest sister actually memorized the news intro theme song during that time of “breaking news” that interrupted our regular broadcast of a family show. “Dah-dah-dahdah” she would sing around the house.
    I too have found that working at the school, I’m isolated from world events. We receive the newspaper but I no longer have time for reading it. My husband keeps up to date and we get to have great conversations because I’m interested but unable to keep up. My day-to-day life is much more important to me. Are my students comprehending their math? Are my children progressing well in their own classes?
    So glad for your summary of the news. I don’t think I’m missing much. 😉
    (#5 this week)
    Tammy recently posted…News: Five Minute FridayMy Profile

  • You summed up the news pretty well, I think. Names and places and times change, but the news seems the same, at least what the media wants us to hear. I know there is good news out there, but the media don’t choose to tell us about it very often. I don’t watch much news, only when my husband has it on. Have a great weekend, Anita! Blessings to you.
    Gayl Wright recently posted…Things in the NewsMy Profile

  • Hey friend! Great post! The only news I really see is what comes across my Twitter feed. That’s all I need. Hope you are enjoying your time away! Thinking of and praying for you.
    Julie Lefebure recently posted…There’s Peace In Authentic LivingMy Profile

  • It is worrying how much the News can affect our thoughts!

    I really like that you compare with Biblical standards and you state your reasons too.
    Hugs Anita.
    Ifeoma Samuel recently posted…Is Your Salvation Free?My Profile

  • You summed it up perfectly!!! Great post about the news!

    ~#74 this week
    Lynette recently posted…(FMF Friday) NewsMy Profile

  • Love this post! No problems with wondering who my dad is–thank you. 😉 I don’t care for the news either. I wonder who I got that from…