It’s been my experience through this blog and in the world outside it that elders I know pay more attention to news and politics than some of the younger people I know. Perhaps, having passed through the busiest period of our lives - building careers, raising children, etc. - we have more time for concern about the world around us.
For an extreme news and political junkie like me, the advent of worldwide newspapers online has been treasure trove of easy access to information that was previously hard to find and often involved a trip to the library.
Now, thanks for the internet, one of my late-life pleasures is to follow a particular story online through newspapers of differing stripes and political points of view based in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Africa and South America.
You soon get to know the voices, personalities and political leanings of the newspapers as they choose different facts to emphasize to go along with the interests and imperatives of their country of origin, and often add their own original reporting. In the end, a reader has more complete information on which to form opinions.
So I had a good laugh last week when I ran across the following list from Maureen, an ex-pat American who blogs at The View from England. Like so many of these lists, it may have been around for years and you've already seen it, but it is new to me and is closely on target for these U.S. newspapers:
- The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
- The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.
- The Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country.
- USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The Washington Post. They do, however like the smog statistics shown in pie charts.
- The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn't have to leave L.A. to do it.
- The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.
- The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country, and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
- The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country either, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
- The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it, but whoever it is, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are a handicapped minority, feministic atheist dwarfs, who also happen to be illegal aliens from any country or galaxy as long as they are Democrats.
- The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.