A.) sports, I sub to MLB, NHL, and NFL ST. The Internet versions aren't nearly as good plus the local teams are blacked out. Again, if you choose not to watch it and keep them unblocked that's fine. You don't see me here trying to show you up do you? Most people don't block them. I don't care. I do. Yes I'll get defensive because it's absolutely none of your concern. "So, you'd be happy paying the same amount without those channels" would have been a question to ask. That is relevant to this discussion. Not telling me what I do in my home is excessive when it has absolutely none of your business whatsoever.
B.) whatever, they are blocked by parental control. I know what it is. I am not someone who needs to have a judge declare me incapable of handling any new technology and make it illegal for me to do so like my wifes parents.
C.) I don't engage in news media bashing. Thats for the ideological blowhards to do. During the times MSNBC and FNC do news coverage, which is during the day when everyones at work I've seen by and large the same stories reported the same way (excluding all the obligatory party cheerleaders takes on the issues) as I do on CBS which is who I usually watch for news. I do not have FNC or MSNBC blocked. Although if I could block certain shows I'd block the prime time lineup of both. I am also not engaging in your social and political conversation. What you refer to as one thing may not be how I or many others do. It doesn't matter what you think is excessive. You don't pay my bill and no I shouldn't expect it. What I watch or don't watch in my house is my business, not yours.
D.) Isn't Brent Bozelle part of the PTC or was part of them? He's one of the ideologues I can't stand. He claims to report media bias then when he puts this info on his website he totally spins it to make everyone look liberal. I can watch the same story he does and see it as an honest question, to him it's veiled agenda.
I'm not going to try to separate any of this because, in all of this, you're, again, assuming I said anything about how to parent your kid in the first damn place, which is not, I repeat, NOT, what I'm doing here. I'm saying that I thought it was a bit excessive, but I, again, STRESS THIS, that it is within your right to block whatever the hell you want. If you want to block the entire channel lineup for whatever reason you may have, then do so (I might laugh my ass off if you did that, but more power to you).
But don't come on here, post that you've DONE so, then don't expect anyone to come on here, SEE IT, and not respond to it regardless of what they had to say. I'm not sure what in this you're refusing to grasp, but this is a simple concept. I hope you're reading your own posts and realize how utterly ridiculous you sound accusing me of doing something I'm not doing. If I wanted to really tell you how to parent your kid, then I'd find out where you lived and come over there myself and change what you blocked and didn't. But I'm not. You turned "it's excessive" and "I'd find worse things in the rough world" to me putting a gun to your head telling you to change completely without the chance to defend your decisions. I'm a little lost of where you're connecting those two dots.
In other words, you're taking what I'm saying WAY too personally. If I insulted you in any way, then I apologize for the way it came out, but I'm not going to sit here and apologize for the opinion that I thought so many blocked channels are an excessive use of the option, and it's something that I myself would not do because I meant it. You can take it however you want, but bottom line is that I brought it up because you did. Nothing more.