Soldiers eat lunch at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan food court while a TV shows sports programming Wednesday, April 10, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES
Soldiers eat lunch at the U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan food court while a TV shows sports programming Wednesday, April 10, 2019. KIM GAMEL/STARS AND STRIPES

Military exchanges tune out TV news due to ‘divisive political nature,’ AAFES says

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

Soldiers hoping to catch up on the news while eating lunch on Wednesday were out of luck unless they had cell phones at hand.

Televisions in military food courts, customer service centers, malls and other common areas will no longer show news channels “due to their divisive political nature,” according to the agency that oversees retail services.

TVs mounted on walls in food courts and other areas on bases around the world frequently show a loop of news channels including Fox, CNN and MSNBC.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, headquartered in Dallas, sent a memo to facility managers on Monday with the subject line: “Change in TV policy.”

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