I Read A Newspaper Daily

I’m connected to the internet. I have an iPad. I have a smartphone. I read newspapers

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
8 min readDec 3, 2022


A stack of newspapers sitting outside
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Why do I prefer to read a newspaper over the televised news or news online? Read on.

When I was growing up, there was always a daily newspaper in our house. My father read the newspaper when he ate breakfast and when he returned home from work.

Just a side note to give you a better feel of what it was like growing up in the 70s. Breakfast usually consisted of a few fried eggs, bacon, toast, and grits — grits were a staple only because my parents were from the South (yuck!). In addition they would drink a pot of black coffee and smoke a handful of cigarettes . . . all before 7:00 am.

I didn’t really care for the newspaper, or news for that matter although I did scan the headlines on the front page because it gave me a grown up vibe. In the evening though, we watched the news on the television.

We’d watch the local news at 6:00 pm and the national news at 7:00 pm. In between we’d watch a game show and afterwards we’d watch Hogan’s Heroes. This was a constant, no deviations.

I grew up watching Walter Cronkite — mainly because my father watched Cronkite — dish out the news nightly on CBS. This led me to become a diehard CBS fan as I watched Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace — and Andy Rooney and Morley Safer — on 60 Minutes almost religiously every Sunday evening.

Disruptive Innovation

I lived in Atlanta when the Cable News Network giant first aired in the 80s and I was hooked on the 24-hour news network immediately. I could sit and watch CNN and The Weather Channel all day long and I did at times. I liked the rolling news programming with the no nonsense reporting but something happened that turned me away from CNN.

When the “most trusted name in news” moved from a no-nonsense news reporting-style to becoming an…



A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer