If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Over the years here in the Spill forum I’ve seen posts of news articles from widely varied sources. Some have come from mainstream entertainment and news sites. Others come from local news sites or those supplying regional coverage. I’ve even seen some posts that straddle the line between information and propaganda. But where do you get your news?
I usually grab a copy of the local rag, the Courier Mail, on the way in to work for reading when I take a break. It’s been labelled as a ‘conservative’ paper and this is often reflected in the way some stories are presented. If there’s a topic I’m particularly interested in, I sometimes seek out articles on a subject from different sources to try to get a balanced picture of what’s going on.
I hardly watch cable news programmes as they’ve generally devolved into running commentary on events rather than the exploration of facts to any depth. It’s usually just blurbs, sound bites, or talking heads. This is OK if you’re only after a cursory overview of an event that’s still evolving, such as the recent New Zealand quake activity or the incident at Fukushima, but not for anything definitive.
Network TV news seems to have taken to sensationalist one-upmanship. Also, I’m not sure about how it is around the world but what’s being passed off as ‘current affairs’ programming here is hardly worth airing, in my opinion.
So, what’s news for you?
he bashes the BBC for referring to Wilders as Far-right (which he is, relative to the Dutch political spectrum) but refers to them and the guardian as "left-wing middle class multi-cultural pricks"?
it's incredibly difficult for me to see the logic of a xenophobe....
The Associated Press, the New York Times, these news institutions that have existed for many years, report news; which others name them as a source. Forget CNN, these guys are the most trusted name in news. As for the Huffington Post, disregard the opinion bloggers, they do report news stories. NPR is straight up news, no commentary, Juan Williams was terminated from NPR because his remarks were "inconsistent with the editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."
“News analysts may not take personal public positions on controversial issues; doing so undermines their credibility as analysts..."
–Former NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller
If you are a driven partisan idiology, and you watch an alternative news source from your own with the anticipation that they are bias, you will find something biased to complain about. Even if I watch Fox, the exception is that Fox flaunts it out and pretends that they are “fair and balanced”.
MSNBC are proud of their left leaning position, but they still present the news with facts and integrity. NBC News just presents the facts as is, some might seem partisan, but you know not all sides should be presented, because not all sides have merit.
“It’s in the eyes of the beholder really.”
-News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch
If you are to toast, make it Jack Daniels, or Jim Bean
I've been getting my news, as most people do, from the time tested, fool-proof source that's been a trusted place to turn to when you're most unsure....
Steve: So, you hear about Obama's plans to finally strike a deal with the GOP's on a solution to reduce the country's deficit?
Emma: *chortle* His policies are as luke-warm as the water we're drinking!
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Steve: So is your husband out of town? 'Cause I'm thinking about giving you a poke.
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