The world of news is changing. No longer do the three TV networks of CBS, NBC and ABC dominate broadcast news. Print newspapers are shrinking or going out of business. News websites and blogs are ubiquitous, but reliable unbiased news seems scarce.
Where do you get news these days? Who do you trust?
At a brunch last December I was part of a discussion on this topic by five couples, all recently retired or soon to retire. Considering only online news sources – no TV – the following were mentioned:
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- Wall Street Journal
- The Economist
- National Public Radio (NPR)
- The Week
- Huffington Post
There is only so much time in the day to read news, and many of those sources require a subscription. How do you prioritize your time and money? What are the top 3 or 4 items on your list of Internet news sources to read? Do you feel that you are getting unbiased news? Please share your thoughts in the comments if you are comfortable doing so.
Much of the news these days – even from some of the sources listed above – seems to be unnecessarily negative. What do you read to maintain a positive outlook? Some of the participants in the December brunch discussion mentioned above recommended EverWideningCircles which is a great site. Please share any additional thoughts or suggestions in the comments.
I subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the Burlington Free Press. I also read VTDigger – they send a very good daily email with links to news articles. VTDigger is free but they request donations and I oblige. For local Lamoille County news, the News & Citizen is very good and it is free – the print edition just shows up in our mailbox, we don’t even have to subscribe.
Heard an interesting interview the other day on NPR. I have lost the details but the gist is that a reporter for “Marketplace” was fired for advocating that all reporting is biased and that we should acknowledge it and question accordingly. To continue to operate with the myth of neutral news sources misdirects and misleads. She made good sense to me.
What about VTDigger? They seem to do a good job of presenting facts in a neutral manner. They seem to be respected by all sides in Montpelier. I wonder if other news outlets have given up too easily on the goal of at least trying to be as objective as possible.