Okay, it’s a bit of a stretch, but Advent begins early next month and I thought I’d get a head start plus borrow from Lent and engage in a spiritual discipline. This is one I am revisiting from Lent 2008: I am giving up television news for Advent – starting now.
I confess: I am a news junkie, especially a political news junkie. And television news captivates me, as I hop back and forth from CNN to MSNBC to FoxNews to C-SPAN to Democracy Now! to Al Jazeera in English to BBC and back again, remote ever at hand ready to switch whenever I get too bored or too frustrated with one or the other.
I will still get the news, but I will read it. My only exception is The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – that is a sacrifice I am not prepared to make.
So to Soledad and Shep, Rachel and Amy and all the rest, I say good-bye for now. I can’t say it’s been fun. I’m thinking we just need a break, the chance to ‘see’ other people for awhile. I’ll be in touch. Don’t wait up for me. Jon, see you at 11.