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Too negative? CNN, Fox News, MSNBC blocked at Austin gyms

If you’re a fan of cable TV hosts such as Chris Matthews, Jake Tapper and Sean Hannity, Life Time Fitness apparently isn’t the gym for you.

Citing complaints from many of its members, the Minnesota-based chain said it has pulled the plug on cable TV’s biggest news networks.

Life Time Fitness, which has two Austin-area locations and 127 total in 35 metro areas across the U.S., recently revealed CNN, Fox News and MSNBC had been removed from its TV lineup.

Why? In a statement, the gym said the channels air content that’s “consistently negative” and “politically charged.”

The move, announced shortly after the first of the year, was quickly criticized on social media, with some Life Time Fitness members even threatening to cancel their memberships.

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The full statement from Life Time Fitness:

“The decision to remove the national cable network news stations resulted from significant member feedback received over time and our commitment to provide family oriented environments free of consistently negative or politically charged content.

“It always is our goal to meet the majority of members’ expressed requests and we believe this change is consistent with the desires of overall membership as well as our healthy way of life philosophy.”

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