Not trying to get your goat here Lou.
I've been without a TV for most of my adult life.
Yet I stay informed about the news in the world far better than anyone I know - especially those who own TVs. Too easy to get distracted by Sports, dramas and other mindless "entertainment". Then there's that other pathetic thing they call TV news which is mostly focused on keeping people uninformed. If you rely on ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN, et al for your news you are basically a low information voter.
In the past I always read a couple 2-3 newspapers a day where you can get a sense of what is going on around you. Nightly news gives you a little cotton candy but no meat or potatos.
Now days with the internet I can scan a dozen or more news papers from around the world and can dig deeper into issues that the nightly news can't even give 15 seconds to.
And I've read a lot of great books in my life because I wasn't glued to the TV.
History, classic literature, religion, philosophy, etc - all of which help a mind synthesize the flow of information it's bombarded with - without those pesky infomercials.
Look at the evidence here at YT how people can not have a rational conversation or debate without getting hot under the collar. TV watchers are totally unprepared to defend their opinions because they aren't trained to formulate their own opinions. They get them handed to them by the big news orginizations.
TV is the worst thing to ever happen to the collective intelligence of this nation.
Granted, I'm only 60 so still have time to buy a TV and get dumbed down like the rest of the country but I don't see that happening.
As for being in the military giving us some kind of rights; all I can say is be careful saying that as there are a heck of a lot of veterans on this board.
Being a vet sure doesn't entitle them to complain about the programming on TV when they can so easily shut the blasted thing off.