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Spike Spiegel
07-09-2016, 08:17 AM
When national level events like the Dallas snipings or the murder of Alton Sterling splash their way across the headlines, it is difficult to avoid news coverage of them.

What news sources do you count on to give you the (mostly) unbiased truth?

Etsyturtle2
07-09-2016, 08:35 AM
None of them

plastroncafe
07-09-2016, 08:45 AM
Snopes
FactCheck.org
The Guardian
MSNBC

For most American news stories I try to confirm with a foreign news outlet.

Though...I do love me some Full Frontal with Samatha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and of course The Daily Show.

ToTheNines
07-09-2016, 09:50 AM
Reason.com and The Guardian mostly. I read from many different sources though, I just take them with a grain of salt, they're all pretty transparent about their leanings.

And as a moderate, I really love the magazine The Week. Lots of great points from and criticism of both the Right and the Left.

Prowler
07-09-2016, 02:09 PM
It depends, I guess. Most media outlets have an obvious leaning that you can tell from reading/watching them a few times. And some are blatantly biased about it.

I avoid the more radical ones, as in the ones that are quite far on the left such as The Guardian and Huffington Post. And I also avoid obvious right leaning ones such as Fox. As far as gaming media goes, screw Kotaku.

...yeah it's easier for me to say which ones I DON'T trust.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
07-09-2016, 02:15 PM
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Hear, hear! All the way. :tcool:

Prowler
07-09-2016, 03:07 PM
Snopes
FactCheck.org
The Guardian
MSNBC

For most American news stories I try to confirm with a foreign news outlet.

Though...I do love me some Full Frontal with Samatha Bee, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and of course The Daily Show.
I liked The Daily Show back in 2003-2005. My interest began to slowly decline once Colbert left it.

Vicky82
07-09-2016, 03:39 PM
BBC News, ITV News, Sky News.

Newspaper, don't really know as they are all crap but probably the best would be the Daily Mirror.

Powder
07-09-2016, 03:50 PM
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

It's the current year!!!!!!

sdp
07-09-2016, 03:51 PM
News by definition is biased. What people find unbiased is their own personal preference. Fox News might be an easy target but popular stuff like say The Daily Show used to be was as big of an offender.

Refractive Reflections
07-09-2016, 05:04 PM
The best way, like some said, is to get a variety of sources (to have at least different viewpoints) since news outlets are influenced by not only their political leanings (i.e. political contributions (quid pro quo) (http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/08/news-corps-million-dollar-donation/)), but also by corporations.

In fact 90% of American media is controlled by six corporations (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Media_cross-ownership_in_the_United_States#The_.22Big_Six.22), which is stark comparison to back in 1983 when 50 companies (http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6?IR=T) controlled 90% of the media.

Here's a graphic of "Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice"
http://static2.businessinsider.com/image/4fd9ee1e6bb3f7af5700000a/media-infographic.jpg
http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6?IR=T

...And I haven't even started in having to consider the advertisers as well (i.e. pharmaceuticals, car companies, food and beverage companies, fast food restaurants, technology companies, etc.)

Here's a Pew Research Study about Political Polarization & Media Habits (http://www.journalism.org/2014/10/21/political-polarization-media-habits/):
That graphically generated the ideological placement of each source's audience:
http://www.journalism.org/files/2014/10/PJ_14.10.21_mediaPolarization-08.png

So consume at your own risk... :P

Prowler
07-09-2016, 05:22 PM
...Buzzfeed is considered a media outlet? I thought it was just a clickbait garbage of a website?

ToTheNines
07-09-2016, 05:28 PM
I don't understand how Fox News wasn't on the far right with Breitbart and company... Hilarious that Fox News and New York Post are owned by the same company. Their CEO must be a literal troll.

Would have expected NPR to be closer to the middle, that was interesting.

Mayhem
07-10-2016, 04:11 AM
BBC News, occasionally the Guardian and Independent. You tend to get a mixture of varying viewpoints to come where everyone is coming from.

I avoid the more radical ones, as in the ones that are quite far on the left such as The Guardian
The Guardian isn't really that far left any more, especially as they have been critical of Corbyn for example. It IS still left leaning though. Maybe it just looks way left considering American politics has been mired in being right wing for decades.

(on the whole political scale, where the Democrats sit is about where the Conservative party in the UK lie)

BBC News, ITV News, Sky News.
You were doing so well until Sky News heh... still, it's only "Diet Fox News" and thus nowhere near as bad as the real thing... one calorie, not Fox News enough...