How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We're reaching out to well-informed people to learn more about their media diets. This is drawn from a conversation with Don Lemon, who anchors CNN Newsroom during weekend prime-time.
The first thing I do in the morning is put Morning Joe on in the background. It's a very well-produced show and I like that they have a conversation about news events. It's like I'm sitting having coffee and eating breakfast with them and I'm not bombarded with news and events that I don't care about. Then I grab my iPad and go into my New York Times app and Twitter. I try to read the Times cover to cover and, if not, the Sunday Times is my week-long reading. I'm a notorious insomniac and I usually go to bed pretty late, so sometimes I go back to bed after I do all that reading if I'm off. But if I'm anchoring that day I have to do it all really quickly.
On weekends, I usually go into work later because the show's not starting until 5 or 6 p.m., so I have more time to lounge and read more of the paper. I watch Sunday Morning on CBS and I DVR every morning news program from State of the Union to Reliable Sources to Meet the Press to Fox News Sunday to This Week with Christiane Amanpour. I watch every single one each weekend. I'll start with whatever is live and go back and forth between commercial breaks. You get to hear the talking points--a lot of the time they'll say the same things over and over--and I try to read in between the lines so that when I have guests on or we discuss those topics I can go beyond the talking points.