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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I sympathize with the victims of shootings, bombings, floods and tornadoes. However, why — three days later — do I get on TV news 20 minutes of rehash and personal tragedies, eight minutes of ads and just two minutes of real news?

Even CNN has fallen victim to the 20/8/2 formula for today's TV news. It's as if nothing else is going on in the rest of the world.

So I've become a real fan of public television news channels from England, France, Israel, Korea, Qatar and other places around the world. They provide a different perspective and, even better, they provide current and truly important news. Why does all my news about Central and South America come from Al Jazeera?

Now, I only watch our American TV news on tape, so I can fast-forward through the 28 minutes to find the two minutes I was looking for.

Shame on our TV "news"!

Brad Rouillard

Salt Lake City

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