After being away from the YMCA for several months because of a sprained foot, Hennelly returned recently and found out about the ban.
"I said, 'Can I watch CNN?' And they said 'No.' I said, 'OK, how about Fox?' And the girl was nice, but she said 'You can't watch any national news broadcast,'" Hennelly told the Journal.
While Hennelly was away, the YMCA instituted the ban after a confrontation between two members, the newspaper reported.
"We just simply took off the news. ... For consistency and not to take sides, we eliminated the news stations," Seubert told the Journal. "All local channels are still available."
That reasoning did not satisfy Hennelly.
"That's like me going in there to watch Green Bay and the Bears are on, and screaming 'Turn those damn Bears off!," Hennelly told the Journal. "It's crazy."