There’s a dreary boring pattern to much of the domestic news, and many of the international (especially European) news sources.
Reuters, in particular, seems fixated on the Talk Dirt On Trump pattern. I’ve taken to just hitting “skip” (right arrow on the ROKU) as soon as a story starts in on Trump Trash Talk. I don’t remember how many that was today. 3? 4? Given that they typically only have 7 or 8? stories in their “30 minute” coverage choice, it was somewhere near 1/2. I patiently give them the “benefit of the doubt” on their POTUS stories. So far it’s been near 100% Trash Talk. (ONE video was just the video, no talk, so I watched all of it).
I didn’t even bother with the usual triad of ABC NBC CBS as they seem to largely just focus in more depth on one of the Reuters stories and with stronger vitriol, not even trying to couch it as Damning With Faint Praise or Concern Trolling. I’ve also reduced the time spent on Sky and France 24. Generally good news from them, except with Trump in Europe, they went full on Trump Trashing.
So what’s a guy to do to get a little Positive Trump News, eh?
RT was decent, until Washington & The Yellow Stream Media started hard core Russia Bashing. That chilled what could have been an opening for real dialog and openness with Russia. Since then, RT has been “pouty” about Trump. Not trashing him, but just sort of “Fey. We could-a had-a thing” sniditude.
Al Jazeera is busy naval gazing. What with their post-imminent demise being demanded by Saudi and Qatar being under economic and political attack, oh, and war from Syria to Iran to … Well, nice if you want that POV, not so useful if you are wondering about the USA.
Well, there is Right Side Broadcasting Network… but they have taken to putting up a Popup Solicitation for some “sign up” crap or other. Since I never respond to popups and don’t click the close box (as that can trigger an attack from malicious sites), I’m just not going to have a “sometimes habit” for security, picking and choosing when to have a safety rule… besides, they are just a PITA crap in your face way to operate a site… disrespecting the customer. So I can’t watch them since I can’t get anything I want. (After a more-than-5-seconds 5 second long “probe” of my browser to see if they like it, THEN I get a damn popup? Sorry, gotta go…) Maybe some day they will be good again.
So what else? Well, the Roku has a channel…
Be warned: Their “top page” has a VERY high page weight image. Nifty video like fades and scan of a background behind Trump. Slick. Made for watching on a newer PC with many GB of memory on a local ethernet… It will suck a R. Pi to it’s knees… and give a belly ache to any older hardware on slow WAN networks. I was at about 350 MB of swap used, disk light blinking like crazy, and only barely able to kill the page so I could get things done in this window… The good news is you do not need to go to their site. It is on the Roku (and on Fire) as a channel.
Watching it for a few months, it seemed to end a month or so back. Then now has some new stuff again. My guess is a “one man show” and they took a vacation ;-) The new stuff all has a “wh.gov” tag in the corner. It looks like most of it is just captures from that site. Clicking it, sends you to “whitehouse.gov” where there are both press releases AND a video library with the same stuff as on makeamericagreat.tv and more:
That link is found at the bottom of the top site index page, down near the one for “Briefings” and “Live” under “Briefing Room”.
So there’s your choices. Fire, Roku video on the TV, or straight to the White House video gallery on computer or tablet.
I very much enjoyed watching Trump sign the Space Council order and give the pen to Buzz Aldrin… Really got the feeling we were going back to space for real this time… Saw it first on the Roku, then found the same video at wh.gov.
The whitehouse.gov site includes a “download” button
Download MP4 (386MB) MP3 (11MB)
Looks like MP4 is significantly better compression than MP3…
So there you have it. Some places to just bypass the Lame Stream Media and go straight to the source for some positive POTUS news. You can even save it as MP3 MP4 downloads if you like. Heck, a fellow could even wrap video commentary around them and make a whole TV station of just Positive News & Commentary.