From time to time we have discussions about good places to get news. With the events in Missouri and the Middle East, I have been trying to find something thoughtful to read, without too much click-bait and pop-up, and with some depth.
I know that news organizations like others, need to make money. My question isn't about how they can make a living, but about how I can obtain good, reasonably accurate and thoughtful news with a minimum of annoyance. I don't mind paying a reasonable amount for it, and I don't mind some bias, if bias can be acknowledged and dealt with.
What I do mind is multiple speed-bumps in the way of popups, annoying click-bait that leads to equally shallow reports, and lists that give no depth at all but again are nothing more than click-bait. I have popup blockers on my lap-top, but haven't figured them out for the i-pad, which I use more.
Lately I've cone back to Christian Science Monitor, and subscribed. Despite the religion, and one with an anti-science basis at that, their reporting seems pretty balanced, with a little depth, and minimal distractions. I am subscribing again to them. For a trial-run.
I looked into Al Jazeera. I have a queazy feeling using them, because I'm not crazy about potential Muslim bias, but they do seem to have more depth than most US and Western sources.
Slate - too annoying and "hip", for me. For a while they had a thing about "contrarian" content, to the point of giving anti-gay, Christianist junk-"researcher" Mark Regneris a forum, with their commentator William Saletan giving his hipster Catholic points of view without stating such, and I soured on Slate.
Time - Seems really shallow these days
Newsweeek - ditto, and has been bought by what seems to be a christianist group, without acknowledging same.
cnn.com - I check frequently, but the stories are fractured, probably to increase clicks onto the site, and fairly shallow. Still, I would pay for an option that lets me watch some of the stories without ads that seem to run longer than the video content.
The Economist - seems pretty good. I know there is a corporate bias, but there is some depth. Pretty expensive for the amount of content, though.
USA Today - I hate the format. Shallow.
Google News - useful in some ways. It's REALLY amazing to see how many so-called news sources are just aggregators. Go through one after another, and the story is identical, and it's hard to find the original source. Google News is sometimes good to pick up on the breaking stories. But there is no filter for what's real and what is poorly reported, what's fraud, what's just trending but useless.
Any suggestions? There are no newspapers on this list. International Herald Tribune? NY Times? - seems like too much for me, and I've read criticism about sloppy reporting recently. The Onion?
I can't really watch TV, not enough time in my day, I work too long, and most of it seems like garbage, so I don't subscribe to any TV services.
Still a big fan of NPR, especially Morning Edition and All Things Considered, though I don't listen to them as much as I used to. I suppose that goes with no longer having a morning and afternoon commute.
Loren are you retired?
Semi-retired / involuntarily unemployed, just like it says on the profile!
I hope you find work soon.
Sorry, I should have read your profile. Yes, I hope you manage to find work soon.
That's my desire for you too. A satisfying job that pays well and has good bosses. Well, as I've hear you say, a guy can dream can't he?
I second Pat about BBC and Reuters. I also have Associated Press (AP) in my news feed.
For good, logical, up-to-date commentary, I regularly listen to the David Pakman Show mp3 podcast. (Incidentally, he just finished week one of a two week summer hiatus, but he is running past shows in his place.) He'll be back live on Monday, September 1. Check him out, I think you may enjoy his show.
I also have Al Jazeera America in my news feed. I've not noticed any glaring bias.
Carl, Thanks for the David Pakman Show. I will check it out.
Al Jazeera balances the unwanted bias of the local news. I really hate it when children are killed - and I hate it even more that our local news makes a news-item from the death of an Israeli child and ´forgets´ to mention the dozens of Palestinian children who died the same day. Very bad for my blood pressure! AJ mentions both sides.
Chris, I agree and include them in my list.
Christians hear stories from the Old Testament, which glorifies Israel. And a lot of Jewish people are pro-Israel. So there's likely to be a pro-Israel bias in countries with a lot of Christian and Jewish people. Like the USA.
I just realized recently that the "sacred" Old Testament had caused a halo effect on my thoughts about Israel and Jewish people.