View Full Version : Where do you get your news (and why)?
2012-07-17, 02:20 AM
Looking over many of the threads here, and of course participating in others, it is clearly evident that we all have different view points. Obviously it can be assumed this is also due to life experiences and what not but I feel like your source of news does influence that. I think it would be interesting to see where everyone does get their info from as it might help them understand others view points as well. The reason I chose not to have a poll is because I'd rather have these sources discussed and talked about rather than people just vote on their favorite...plus, there's a shit ton.
For myself personally I get much of my political news from The Daily Show and Colbert Report. Why? Because they tend to cut through the bullshit and will attack both sides for being stupid. Not only that, but studies actually show those who watch are often most informed:
So as the title goes, where do you get your news (and why)?
2012-07-17, 02:46 AM
I use Reddit as a portal and follow /r/worldnews and /r/politics. I also view cnn.com and yahoo news. Reddit links to a Colbert and Jon Stewart a lot so I like watching those as well. Once in a while I'll open Fox news to see what they're saying about subjects.
I mostly use these online sources rather than newspapers because they're free and convenient. I can read tons of articles quickly to get an overview of world events without having to sift through local news garbage.
2012-07-17, 04:48 AM
For general news;
BBC Online <-- Generally balanced also for TV news.
Guardian Online <-- Left leaning
The Times Online <-- Right leaning
Huffington Post <-- Trashy (also easy US site for news across the pond)
For more specific news;
New Scientist <-- Good for quick overview and provide links to original sources when i want to take deeper look.
Engadget <-- makes me feel dirty but provides a quick overview to scan, then go elsewhere for real info.
2012-07-17, 05:15 AM
Primarily NOS (public channel thus state funded, but independent from politics) and RTL7 (commercial channel, business).
News coverage is done with proper journalism, though the NOS seems to have a slightly more leftist stance in journalism now and then due to some of its employees, but that's subtle, while RTL7 has a lot more economic and business related news and often provides the perspective of the market, the shareholders and different economical models.
However, both channels usualy pretty much portray the events in the same light despite of dissimilar backgrounds. Hence I know they're both pretty trustworthy, even if some specific journalists have clear preferences.
Beyond that, nationwide newspaper (Algemeen Dagblad, perhaps not the best on all counts, but the comics are great and it's a reasonably serious and self respecting newspaper - not as good as NRC, but oh well, not really biased either). Online there's Nu.nl. Of couse a lot of press releases in newspapers and online come straight from AP, Reuters and ANP.
Then there's a number of dutch actuality (talk) shows. Some with a more clear social democrat view (Pauw & Witteman), some with a more central right (christian democrats) (Knevel en van den Brink) and more neutral shows where a variety of hosts work together. Unfortunately, there's no pure liberal shows, aside from one on RTL7, whose problem is that he pretty much lets anyone on who pays to promote their company (and without a background check, he ended up hosted scammers in good faith of the trustworthiness of these companies).
Then there's several public channel organizations with different political backgrounds (left, centre and right) who work together and host some programs (sometimes on a different host on a day by day basis): 2Vandaag, which has indepth documentaries on widely varying issues. All of the news channels are quite scrutinous about official news and you won't have any of the US type "journalism", which is intended to undermine other political parties or to skew public opinion wildly. There are a few news papers with that tendency, but I don't care for those. All in all, I try to keep a wide range of sources available, but I don't trust sensationalist companies for providing accurate news, nor very strongly socialist shows due to not providing a fair hearing.
Sometimes watch Flemish news (also of good quality, scrutiny, wide variety of topics and indepth) and the Belgian actuality show TerZake. For other international reports, if there's some important event going down live like Lybia or 9/11, usualy refer to BBC World first and CNN International second.
Beyond that, I look up my own information on the web and try to avoid sites that have a clear political or social dominance agenda (interest in distorting facts). Of course that means that Wiki is a primary source, but through you can typically find other neutral sources as well. In some cases it's interesting to look up the extreme sides of perspectives and see what kind of points they're making. Typically you can tell pretty easily when they're not being objective by the type of argumentation used and general tone.
2012-07-17, 11:57 AM
I follow CNN for headlines, Reddit for my general feed and I'll typically research multiple articles from multiple sources about anything that specifically interests me.
2012-07-17, 12:01 PM
I generally get my news from the internet. Different sites like BBC, Fox, CNN.
On a sidenote: It's very interesting how differently they can view the same piece of news.
My advice: Don't stick to just one news outlet. Don't be a Fox drone, but also don't be a CNN drone.
I don't watch MSNBC though...too sensationalist.
2012-07-17, 12:56 PM
Wow....nobody said Drudge.
I hit huffpo as well though not as much anymore with them combining with Aol.
2012-07-18, 09:04 AM
Instapundit for general morning review, due to discussion of a large amount of material that does not make it into headlines.
Stacy McCain's Blog for more material that does not usually make headlines
Reuters/Telegraph for US news, which I observed has a more neutral tone for headlines. Probably due to the Brits not being personally invested in the news they are reporting.
Wall Street Journal on occasion for business, and general news. I definately like the expertise to business reporting they bring.
On occasion I will hit visit the big networks CNN, ABC, or Fox just to see how a particular story is being pitched.
2012-07-18, 10:01 AM
A hot cup of angry is your morning. Oh boy!
Ya but if you add in about a cup of sugar it goes down smooth. Just don't add cream as it tends to curdle!
2012-07-18, 01:53 PM
The interned editions of various Danish newspapers.
I don't really watch Tv news anymore, too much filler and incompetent journalism that I have to sit through to get the content that interests me.
Not that newspaper journalists are especially competent either, but it is much easier to cut the crap in that media.
2012-07-18, 09:18 PM
Local News,TheYoungTurks, and the huffington post.
Local News to catch up and shit happening locally.
TheYoungTurks to get the gist of whats happening in the world and in american polotics
The huffington post for just damn well reported news.
2012-07-19, 08:05 AM
glp forums :doh::rolleyes:
2012-07-23, 05:10 PM
I get my political news mostly from the Economist and BBC.
Science news from popular science, science daily, scientific american
2012-07-23, 05:26 PM
Al Jazeera, BBC, CS Monitor.
2012-07-23, 05:31 PM
I tend to get my news from the PSU political debate forum. Because why rely on reality when I can let people create it for me?
2012-07-25, 04:53 PM
CNN breaking newsletter
the Current Events board on another forum
and Facebook to see everyone's reactions
2012-07-29, 10:12 PM
I learn the stuff from 9news (Denver Co. local) and NYtimes. anything big I go fact check then write about.
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