Friday, July 30, 2010

More About American Television on Okinawa

by Pa Rock
Cultural Explorer
Okay, I was wrong: certainly not the first time, and certainly not the last.

The television news programming put on by Armed Forces Network makes a decent attempt at being balanced. (I won't say "fair," because they still use Fox!) Yesterday I came across a complete daily schedule for AFN, and from it I learned that various news programs from several sources run throughout the day on its news channel. In addition to the odious Fox, AFN airs the evening newscasts of the three major American networks, as well as regular programming from CNN and MSNBC.

Yes, that's right! MSNBC can be found on what is essentially programs aimed at military families. No wonder Dick Cheney had another heart attack!

Yesterday (and each weekday) on the AFN news channel one could see at various times Tavis Smiley, Bill-o the Clown, Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck and his psycho chalkboard, Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, Campbell Brown, Shepard Smith, and...ta dah...Rachel Maddow!

Unfortunately, for me at least, Rachel is on at three in the afternoon, a time when I am usually at work.

For news purists, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are also broadcast on AFN in the evenings when they can be viewed by the masses! This is not your grandfather's military!

The ladies from The View can be found on AFN, as well as Dr. Phil, Oprah, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, and Jimmy Fallon.

All in all, there seems to be something dealing with current events for every taste and persuasion. Good job, AFN!

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