I’ve been stuck running on the treadmill at my gym because of bad weather the last few weeks. There are a row of giant televisions hanging from the ceiling, each one showing one of the Big Three cable news channels: Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. I alternate between the three while I run, but only read the closed captioning. If there is a purgatory after death, it’s no doubt running on a treadmill and watching cable news without end. It’s like watching competing parallel realities. Fox News defends the president, almost all of the time, and bashes liberals the rest of the time. MSNBC and CNN criticize the president, almost all of the time, and bash conservatives the rest of the time. I’ve spent most of my time overseas since the early 2000s, so the myopic focus on just one or two stories (always somehow related to Trump) to the exclusion of everything else going on in the world is frustrating. I have to watch BBC, DW, or NPR to get a good mix of other events around the world. It’s sad, but the Big Three run 24/7 cable news channels and yet give us little more than polarizing spectacle. But that’s where the rating are, I suppose, so it’s kind of our fault too. In any case, my brief stint stateside has done nothing to change my view that cable news is poison. All of it.