I don't think you can get truly unbiased news, but some are clearly more balanced than others.
For what it's worth. 90% of my news comes from either NPR (both local, national and world + BBC world service reports), or reading the NYT and WSJ. The rest filters in via social media (twitter/fb/forums) or organic searches. I don't watch television news.
I'm going to choose to believe that you mean it explains my balanced insight because I'm not thrown around by misleading, over-simplified, television news. ;)
I'm almost certain that's what he meant.
This is a great post. I agree with you.
NPR / BBC news podcasts and NYT / WSJ as a balance of print. I'd put NYT about the same to the left as WSJ to the right but all of that is biased personal opinion.
I like Reuters and Associated Press for basic new also.
The way I try to watch a combination of sources is this (and The Truth is somewhere in the middle of all this, a task for me to figure out if I can):
- I watch local NBC news during the week.
- I watch ABC national news during the week.
- I try to watch CBS local and national news on the weekends (if sporting events allow for the news to appear at all).
- My wife watches Fox news a lot.
- My two 30-something sons get news from BBC online (they say that all of the U.S. networks are run by the same person[s] so they all say the same thing; they are also waiting for us to see if we see a change on local stations since so many of them are now owned by the same company, one that has connections with The Trump).
And like I said at the beginning, my hope is that the truth is somewhere in the middle of all this, a task for me to figure out if I can.
It's ironic, but TV is so amazingly low bandwidth. It has video, but the video is eye candy, and rarely shows you anything with news content; the content comes from the voiceover, which is great for emotional content but -- since you can't easily look back over it -- it's harder to be certain you got a fact rather than an opinion.
Case in point for me: long ago I saw a 30-sec spot on NBC Nightly News. Wm Buckey, charged with serial sex abuse at the day care center he ran with his mother, got off from his trial for same, because a problem was found in the way the evidence was gathered.
Years later I read an article about it. The problem with the way the evidence was gathered was that the jury didn't believe it. They believed it had been manufactured by the prosecution, who coached the children in what to say, made sure they'd gotten it, and filmed them saying their lines. And "got off" meant "stayed in prison awaiting charges the DA hadn't brought earlier because they were even weaker than the ones he was just cleared on."
"A problem was found with the way the evidence was gathered." Subtle! And hard to see thru, especially if you just hear the words and they're gone. 30 seconds to deceive the viewer. It worked on me, and I'm sure it worked on millions. That's the cost of TV news. I use print now, either physical or online. I get so much more.
I also read newspapers (yeah, the kind on actual paper -- what can I say? I'm a caveman).
Years ago a group that I was in visited a local TV station and we had a question-and-answer session with the director of news for that station. He told us that in the 20-something minutes that are available for the news (excluding the commercials), he has to include weather and sports, which means he actually has only a little bit of time for the actual news. So he has to decide what to include and what he cannot include, and these are only the highlights of stories because of the time crunch. That's why I read newspapers as well, because there stories can include many more details than TV news can.