I know from time to time we have discussed the state of the media, but I was wanting to pose a few specific questions and have a general discussion about the state of media and news outlets in the U.S. and around the world. During the election season I watched CNN for most of my news because it was the one that stung the least. Now I can't even turn on a cable news network without my gag reflex being triggered. As a result I read the Huffington Post. I am well aware of their extreme liberal bias, but I find their writing at the very least entertaining, and they cover stuff fairly well (in terms of quantity, not necessarily quality). If I find a subject I am interested in knowing more about I try to go out and find several different articles to gather as much of the truth as I can. In the evenings I watch my local ABC station (ABC7 in L.A.) because they seem to have a fair amount of journalistic integrity and I can usually get a general snapshot of what has gone on during the day. So this poses my first set of questions: how do you go about gathering you information? Which sites or stations do you follow, do you think they have a bias, and, if so, which direction do they lean? The thing lately that has really hacked me off has been the lack of accountability required of hosts on news stations. I am referring specifically to the three incidents in which Dana Perino, Mary Matalin, and Rudy Giuliani have each stated that there were no terrorist attacks under the Bush administration (in Matalin's case she asserted that 9/11 was inherited from Clinton) and no one corrected them (on the spot). Now, I don't want to discuss this instance in detail, there is a thread for that, but I am interested in knowing what you think of the media's behavior as of late. So this comes to my second set of questions: do you think the media has become more irresponsible as of late? If so, do you think this is ok and that the responsibility is on the consumer to verify information for themselves? Do you think the media has become overtly sensationalistic?