Where Do You Keep Up With Your Politics?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by tktaylor1, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in a history class right now with an amazing teacher and for some reason it has gotten me more interested in politics. I have read a few of the threads in PRSI and I see a lot of things that line up with things that happened long ago. I just find that fascinating. Well anyways, where do you keep up with your politics? What websites preferably.
     
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    I use new outlets that range in their political spectrum. I will often reference Fox News to the NY Times...mainly because you may have the same event interpreted completely differently by 5 different news outlets.
     
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    Out of habit, and because they have been in my "Everyday" set of bookmark tabs I've had for a long time, I go to Drudge Report and Huffington Post daily. I can't say that I am proud to read either one. If I were better at reading a more serious paper, I think I'd go with the Washington Post. I also go to fark.com every day and that links to various interesting sites. I do also read Roger Ebert's columns which are often political. And I sometimes watch late night shows like Jimmy Kimmel, which joke about politics. Oh, and I do watch Real Time with Bill Maher sometimes. I used to watch the Sunday morning shows, but I tend to let myself sleep in now.
     
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    I was under the impression that Faux Noise was not actually journalistic news anymore. It seems more "commentary" driven opinion/agenda than a classical news outfit that reported facts.

    BBC is the best source for news these days. Sometimes I think underneath all the satire, the Daily Show actually does a better job with the news than many of the mainstream "news" networks in the US.
     
  7. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    I watch the daily show on Hulu.com or thedailyshow.com. What started out as entertainment led me to the conclusion that the modern news media is no longer capable of reporting on events with any depth of thought. The daily show achieves depth through humor.
     
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    Wasn't there some kind of survey that compared knowledge of viewers of different news outlets? I don't remember the exact details, but Fox viewers had the most poor understanding of current events while Daily Show viewers were second highest understanding of current events.

    Oh, found a link. Funny that Fox viewers were less informed than people that didn't even follow the news.
     
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    PolitiFact examined the whole knowledge-of-Fox-viewership vs. the knowledge-of-Daily-Show-viewership issue a while back... reaching a somewhat different conclusion:

     
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    In magazines:
    Time

    On the internet:
    MSNBC
    CNN
    The Washington Post
    Reuters
    the McClatchy Washington Bureau

    Less frequently:
    Paul Krugman's column in the New York Times. (Only because they charge for reading more than 10 articles a month.)
    Viewpoint on Current
    The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC
    Slate
    The Nation
    Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone
    and yes, The Daily Show, although like Fox, I don't consider it serious news.
     
  11. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030

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    Since I like to read across the political spectrum, for US politics I read the following web sites:

    MSNBC.com
    CNN.com
    FoxNews.com
    Townhall.com
    HuffingtonPost.com
    Politico.com

    Reading these six web sites gets you a pretty good sense of the conservative and liberal points of view, since so many of the most important pundits and bloggers on both sides of the political spectrum post on these sites regularly.
     
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    Fox news has higher ratings which means they have a much broader audience, any poll that was not carefully controlled for this is invalid.

    I usually read the globe and mail and Google news.
     
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    More and more, I'm following writers I like (Andrew Sullivan, David Frum, Ezra Klein, Chris Hayes) on Twitter and less and less of visiting specific sites.
     
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    Daily, I read The Irish Times;
    watch and read the website of the BBC;
    I also read The Guardian daily (The Observer on Sunday) and, for balance, I also take a look at The Daily Telegraph.

    I have a subscription to The Economist, and also subscribe to some specialist publications from The Jamestown Foundation and elsewhere which cover the former Soviet and communist worlds and central Asia.

    In addition, I sometimes check out The NY Times, and the Financial Times.
     
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    I guess it depends on domestic v. foreign a bit, but typically:

    BBC
    Aljazeera English
    The Economist
    MSNBC
    Fox News

    AJE has skyrocketed for me in the past year and a half for foreign news. MSNBC and Fox News are to get that well rounded coverage of not only views, but sometimes stories themselves that other outlets don't run.

    I'm a bit over the NYT and I've never been a fan of HuffPo since they're just a crappy aggregate source with a couple staff contributors and then just randos. It is the best place to get your info out to a wide audience, though.
     
  18. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I use a mishmash of various sources:

    NPR
    The Economist
    The Daily Show and Colbert
    The NY Times
    Bill Maher
    Non-political/science/tech podcasts (they tend to mention things that the larger outlets overlook, and tend not to have partisan stripes because they care about a specific issue)

    There's going to be a lot of overlap on a lot of these, but in general they explore different facets of each issue.

    I should also mention that Twitter is great for realtime updates. It consistently beats traditional outlets' web updates by a solid half hour or more.
     
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    Interesting to read but I find the analysis to be more an opinion piece than based on evidence. For example, the crux of their argument was this:

    "One question from the study that struck us as one that ordinary Americans might answer differently than economists asked, "Do you think now that the American economy is (a) starting to recover, or (b) still getting worse?" The study based the "correct" answer -- that the economy has begun to recover -- on the widely accepted judgment of when the last recession ended, as well as gross domestic product estimates and statistics for personal income. However, given the phrasing of the question, a respondent might think the question was asking for a personal opinion of how the recovery was going, rather than what the official statistics say."

    Broad or not, that doesn't invalidate the statistics.
     
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    Honestly, I don't think any American news outlet is unbiased and so I try to read the same stories on multiple outlets. I agree BBC gives some great insight as well, although I doubt they are neutral as well. Even the Daily Show gives good insight.

    Think of it this way....wherever financial interests lie, there will be some, possibly unconscious, bias. The best example of this is actually the 'cause of death'.

    A person is driving in a car. They are on a bridge, swerve, hit the side, the concrete wall breaks, the car goes over the top, they fall of the bridge into water, and die. What killed them?...

    The car maker will say because the bridge failed or because a seatbelt was not worn.
    The bridgemaker says because they exceeded speed the bridge was designed for or because the bridge was not unkept correctly, or that they were dead prior to hitting the wall (ie: a heart attack).
    The bridge inspector says because the funding for bridge inspection was decreased.
    The company that tests car's capabilities for how well they do in accidents that rated this car well says because the car was not designed to hit water.
    The highway official says because the speed limit signs were not displayed correctly and the bridge did not meet the correct specs.

    These arguments may be made for a variety of reasons, including a call for more funding or public awareness.

    Now...
    News A is sponsored by the car maker
    News B is sponsored y the bridgemaker
    News C is sponsored by the highway official's department

    How's the story going to be reported? Is News A, B, and C going to report it in the exact same fashion?

    This is why I reference multiple news agencies.
     
  21. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    I use the following.

    Nationale Media site (this lets you read newspapers from around the world)
    http://www.nationalemediasite.nl/

    BBC
    NOS (Nederlands news)
    The Daily Beast
     
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    I regularly read CNN, HuffPo, FoxNews and then branch out from Google News and a few other aggregating sites. Recently, however, I have been listening to a lot of the POTUS station on Sirius/XM. It has raw audio of speeches and events from all sides, and includes some interesting perspectives I had never heard before (Poli-optics is a brilliant weekend show about the messaging of politics. They had the white house photographer as a guest recently, and it was fascinating).

    Aside from that, I just pay attention. If I hear something on BBC world, I can always look it up. Staying interested is the biggest key, followed only by think for yourself. As long as you do that, you can get your news from anywhere.
     
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    I just spent a week in Italy and the two English speaking stations were BBC and RT (Russia Today). Good incentive to keep the TV off. Sorry to jab BBC but, their reporting seems on the dry side, however they had a U.S. Politics round table Sunday a week ago and I was amused that the entire panel thought the GOP candidates were basically a bag of nut cases, lol.

    Usually I'm watching/listening to CNN, MSNBC, Bill Mayer, NPR, sometimes Huffington Post. When I'm forced to watch Fox (Pravda West), I cringe on a regular basis.
     
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    I think the BBC does a great job reporting... like actual reporting. It probably comes across as dry because they avoid blatant opinion based sensational commentary that places like Fox mis-label as news.
     
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    Politico
    The Brookings Institute
    The New York Times (print and online)
    ABC World News Tonight
    The Charlotte Observer (local paper)

    I use to watch CNN but their use of social media just crushes my soul.
     

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