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CNN’s New Roster of Rogues

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Cable news has been garbage forever, but now CNN in angling to be a Fox News clone. Outside of breaking national news, these channels are only watched by shut-ins and DC insiders who leave this garbage on as background noise every day, poisoning their brains (and our government) in the process.

Says the cartoonist who leaves Twitter open on another monitor the entire time he was drawing this.

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Alex Jones’ Nonlitigable Conspiracy Hole

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Alex Jones lost his defamation case and owes the families of Sandy Hook victims $45 million for saying they’re faking. There were a bunch of shenanigans during the trial. People who breathe the same air as you and me watch him and take him seriously, making him rich enough to probably use appeals and bankruptcy court to continue entertaining them for years to come.

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David Brooks’ Working Class Safari

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The entire media industry is collapsing, for lowly cartoonists like me all the way up to the makers of prestige HBO shows. But if you’re a columnist who’s made being weird and wrong your thing, you can keep pumping out a couple hundred words of nothing and keep cashing those checks in perpetuity.

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Tucker Carlson’s Toadies

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Since COVID’s still rippin’, there aren’t many options for sports fans who don’t want Long COVID to watch games. Stadiums and bars are out, and if you’re in the same TV market as the teams you like, the streaming options are blacked out.

The names of everyone featured in the comic aren’t stated explicitly, because they are tedious people who name-search and I don’t want to deal with them or their weird fans. If you can’t identify them, you have a healthier media diet than I do!

Consider this comic an attempt to alleviate some of the guilt I feel every time I plop on a baseball or hockey game.

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What’s New on Streaming

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The omicron wave and a colder than usual March caught me up on a lot of TV. Marvel and Star Wars superfans will probably get mad at me even though I ate up all that garbage. I also read books. Mostly the Dune sequels though. Shut up.

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Spotify’s Top Podcasts

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Joe Rogan’s been spreading misinformation throughout the pandemic, and it seems to have worked. States everywhere are currently lifting meager mitigation measures while around 20,000 people are still dying every week.

All the hateful and dumb shit on his podcast precedes the pandemic and Spotify knew who they were giving $100 million to, all subsidized by stiffing musicians to fractions of pennies per stream.

I’m old and streaming music never appealed to me. I still listen to mp3s and put them on my phone for when I’m on the go. Bandcamp works for that, and they give artists 100% of the proceeds the first Friday of every month. Try it out.

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Quarantine TV

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Not only are we under house arrest, it’s been cold and rainy for most of the quarantine so far. Without being able to escape to our triple decker’s balconies, my wife and I are watching A LOT of T.V. The commercials that are about the pandemic are the worst part. And that’s even including Tiger King.

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