I watched most of the SOTU speech the other night, but I didn't stay till the bitter end and I certainly didn't stay up to watch the pathetic Republican tag team match response afterward. However, I read the remarks and jokes about it on Twitter.

Jim Altman from Fox CT is coming to my studio Monday morning to interview me for one of the news programs. When he called, I was ashamed to say I didn't know who he was. I go to bed at 10PM before the news starts and I'm usually working when he's on at 4PM.

My TV news viewing habits are not like most people's. I watch CNN very briefly in the morning to see if more terrorists are flying airplanes into buildings, or if we have another war going on somewhere in the world. If it's a big breaking local story like this winter's hideous weather, I watch FoxCT. 

Then, in the evening, I watch the 6PM to 7&PM news and follow that up with Jon Stewart and Colbert, the two best "news" shows on TV. After that, it's usually a movie, Antiques Roadshow, Glee, or America's Got Talent. If it's not one of those shows, it's Netflix streaming, TCM, HBO, or a DVD movie. 

Essentially, I prefer to read my news either online with the NY Times, Washington Post, a couple columnists, the Huff, or a couple local online papers. I read The Courant print edition every morning, seven days a week, for an hour or two, depending on how big the paper is. I also read the New Yorker. I listen to NPR while I'm drawing. I manage to stay informed, opinionated, pissed off and feel privileged to have this job.

I'll be a guest on Colin McEnroe's radio program Monday, January 31, from 1PM to @PM. Give us a call.

"Drawing Fire: Bob Englehart's 30 years at The Courant" at the Mark Twain House and Museum, Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 (snow date, February 10th.) It's a fundraiser for the Mark Twain House. Tickets are $15 per person. Reception from 5:30PM to 6:30 PM and the illustrated talk, suitable for all ages, is in the lecture hall at 6:45PM. For more information or to order tickets, call the Mark Twain House and Museum at 860-247-0998. 

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