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Old 05-23-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Most news sources have become mouthpieces of political parties. Their purpose is to report only certain things and push an agenda.

I take what they say with a grain of salt.
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Old 05-23-2018, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Crazy Days and Nights
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:28 AM
 
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No positive mention of the blogosphere or alternative media? I'm surprised.
I think it's been a good 2-3 years for alternative news. That's not because alternative news has improved in any obvious way, but because many of the trusted corporate news organizations have been discrediting themselves actively.


At the end of the day, I think a person's most trusted news source should be his own critical reasoning skills.

It's evident by now that qualified journalists aren't superior to the general public at recognizing and addressing their personal biases. We actually have some evidence that they underperform the general population in basic executive functioning skills.

This means corporate media reports should be treated the same as primary sources, that are as prone to bias and error as any basic eye witness testimony from the general public. All news sources should be seen through the lens of an aggressive noise filter.


News sources that encourage people to do their own research, that foster healthy skepticism of all sources, including themselves, is a fairly reliable indicator of a news organization's probity, though the quality of their news reporting is sometimes questionable.

I would actively avoid any news source that pulls stunts such as the following. CNN is not the only one that tries this.



Shaping public opinion, as opposed to informing it, is one of the more obvious red flag signs that a news organization is up to no good.

That is why a company like Infowars (which is ranked lowest according to some mainstream indexes of journalistic integrity, and subject to continuous scorn and ridicule) is on my newsfeed and the venerable, highly regarded New York Times isn't.
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Old 05-25-2018, 03:50 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I have bookmarks to AP and Reuters. But for some reason lately, AP refuses to load (I've tried both browsers, and all I get is the circular loading animation). Anybody else having this problem?

So it's mostly Reuters, but most of its coverage is just bigwigs posturing and threatening pompously and casting blame.

Id love to go with the Guardian, but their portal page is an impossible mishmash of pictures and captions that makes it impossible to get an overview.
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Old 05-25-2018, 06:09 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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I mainly tap in the topic I'm interested in google and use the news tab to cross reference 3 or 4 articles on the same subject. If a topic interests me enough I'll then go on youtube and see a couple of reports (preferably debates) from the local (if available) and international news source.
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Old 05-30-2018, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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BBC, CNN, Drudgereport, and google news. I occasionally use CCTV and South China Morning Post. Via google news I sometimes find other news outlets that I think are pretty good, but nothing I use regularly. Google news is my favorite as I can easily compare hundreds of articles on the same subject and the news feed changes quickly.
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Old 05-30-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Fox News is garbage, but CNN isn't much better.
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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I fairly regularly go to Wiki's site, that tracks updates on ongoing events.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events
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Old 06-01-2018, 04:22 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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The Associated Press (AP)
BBC
Reuters
The WSJ
PBS
Euronews
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Old 06-10-2018, 02:08 PM
 
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Fox News is garbage, but CNN isn't much better.
I think Fox is one of the rare (unique?) instances of a mainstream news company that is best classified as alternative news, even though it heads ratings and viewership in the US. I can't think of any other news organization caught in the same paradox.

I would say they were lucky to be among the few news outlets to pull through the political redshift unharmed, though that was more by virtue of their partisanship rather than any qualifiable merit. They referenced polls with slightly better predictive value, they weren't caught colluding with political interests, and they were clear of ground zero in the great echo chamber implosion of 2016.

To their credit, their post-election narrative has been fairly prescient.

Other news channels weren't quite so lucky. Many of them are still shell-shocked in the acute stages of Post-Trump Stress Disorder, wandering around in a Wernicke daze, rambling about pornstars and red scare conspiracy stories.
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