I have stopped watching the news on TV, especially the news networks. All I saw was partisan bickering and screaming, and agenda driven "reporting." It's hard to trust newspapers either or news websites. So what's a person to do to get just the facts without all the spin and "analysis"? Any recommendations?
I also watch PBS newshour in the evening. They also have an informative website. NYTimes International version online for world news. lately I've been too busy, but I like the newshour in the evening. I try not to watch too much, just enough to know what's going on. I think people are too consumed with the all day 'news' networks.
Lol, I was in a thread where I talked about this yesterday.
I said I get most of my news from Hubpages or places like it, usually off of theinternet.
I watch PBS. I think its the BBC news? I have no idea if it is spinless or has analysis, its the only channel that comes in clear.
LOL! I guess that's as good a reason as any to watch it. I'll have to check it out.
My guess is that its best to get news from several sources for the whole picture.
That's a good point. But, it seems like news outlets put such a slant on things... which extreme do you believe? Both are probably exaggerating... so where in the middle does the truth lie?
Yeah, but it's not always right in the middle, sometimes one side is right or the truth leans more towards their argument, but they just take their case too far.
I guess a person who watches the news either has some common sense and a realistic outlook to the world, or they don't. Some people believe everything they hear, and some realize that there is far more grey then black and white. I know there is some truth to all of it but I don't think you would ever know the whole truth unless the event being reported on is happening in front of you. For me, when it come to local news, or world news, or stories of fights from friends of mine that are now divorced from each other.... all you can do is find out all the available information, take into account the trustworthiness of the sources, and make a decision.
From 3 or 4 newspapers, a couple local tv channels, a couple national broadcasts, msn.com, cnbc.com. Fbch.
Take it all with a grain of salt. They all report from their perspective. They add or delete to serve their purpose.
I remember being told at school we should read all the newspapers, not just one. Of course, who could afford to?
So my news input is BBC, SKY or ITV news - for the pretty pictures and a tabloid snapshot - the Independent newspaper - for a mixture of views (all of them biased according to the writer) - and occasionally web based media - ie. vested interest views from whatever source.
I then file that stuff using my own inbuilt bias and make the news fit my warped and cynical view of things.
Sometimes something slips through. I couldn't believe the politicians would invent Saddams WMD or ignore UN resolutions without a damn good honourable reason.
I was wrong.
HubPages first. I also am a huge fan of PBS, and watch it when I want to get some intelligent and well thought out information.
Mostly, though, I listen to National Public Radio.
But when I am acting like a trained sociologist-which I am-I enjoy the variety of 'reporting' found on Fox and MSNBC. Sometimes I also check out the very redneck local news. These are fascinating studies in bias and popular culture!
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