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Larfen J. Stocke, esq.
Trustworthy news
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:56pm

In my desire to stop being such a general dope about things, I have decided that I should actually start bloody paying attention to the news. Like a not-dope. The thing is, is that it is so easy to come across news sites that are so very biased, so very political, so very concerned with making people that agree with them very angry, and with simply not being read by people that don't agree with them.

I don't want objectivity, don't get me wrong! Objectivity is impossible in things written by humans, and an objective news site would probably have articles such as 'billions of years later, gravity still works' and 'how I took oxygen into my body and exhaled carbon dioxide in order to make sure the muscles in my body didn't shut down.'

There's nothing inherently wrong with opinions and subjectivity and politics and biases, but what I think is wrong is when the possibility for reasonable discourse between people of differing opinions is thrown out the window in order to pander towards people who already agree with their articles and make them boil and rupture furiously with exploding outrage and argh how could those idiots do such disgusting things I can't even believe it arrrrrgh I'm so mad that I could just agree with every single thing this person is saying without fact checking ARRRRGH.

So, on that note, I have taken to trying to figure out: which news sites are trustworthy?
MakeUseOf puts, in their article, the top three to be Associated News Press, BBC, and
Forbes puts their top three to be the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.
TopTenz (now if that isn't an erudite-looking realm of carefully-researched scholars! It's the 'z' that really gets that across, wouldn't you say?) puts their top three to be Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and BBC.

Well, isn't that handy! Jolly old lists, just spread out, right for me!
Except, well, er, on an internet in which I don't know what to trust, I am using said internet (which I don't know what to trust on) to figure out what I'm meant to trust (on the internet.)
But what possible group of people out there are both intelligent and not hell-bent on getting my sweet earned human teeth (which is what we use in Australia instead of currency)?!
The PPC!

So, what do you lot think? You agree with the particular links I found, on trustworthy news? Got your own sites or opinions on it? Do you just want to pop in and call me an idiot? I'm fine with that. You can do that, if you really want.

    • Sort of OT, but...Neshomeh, Sat Sep 16 7:14pm
      Outrage is the appropriate response to things like, e.g., murder and destruction. There is LOTS of room for subjectivity in the world, but at some point, isn't the media failing in their duty if they ... more
      • I never said that!Larfen J. Stocke, esq., Sun Sep 17 5:23am
        Outrage clearly has its place, no doubt, but I was more talking about when it's exploited, y'know? Pardon, for not making that more clear. Ahem. The sort of stuff like straw men, misrepresenting... more
        • Ack, sorry.Neshomeh, Sun Sep 17 10:22am
          I didn't mean to come off as accusative, more as "here is an interesting question your words have raised." My apologies also for not being more clear. And yeah, I totally get where you're coming... more
          • No worries!Larfen J. Stocke, esq., Mon Sep 18 6:31am
            Welp, I think that excuses the both of us a bit, wouldn't you say? But, ey, absolutely, there. What's wrong's wrong, ideology and such aside. I feel like a lot of people are afraid to criticise, and... more
    • My suggestionsThoth, Sat Sep 16 8:59am
      The Beeb is generally decent. I usually get my news from NPR. And AP is also quite good at its job. So yeah, AP, BBC, and NPR are my go-tos. The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian are... more
    • Ask Auntie Beeb.Huinesoron, Sat Sep 16 1:05am
      As a state-funded news network, the BBC is actually /required/ to avoid bias in their news. Some slips through anyway, of course - they've shown a great deal of frustration at Twitter Personality &... more
      • Good old Beeb certainly seems very reliable.Larfen J. Stocke, esq., Sun Sep 17 5:33am
        Even before I actually properly tried figuring this stuff out, I sort of vaguely heard that they were good. And then the websites said it was good. And then pretty much everyone here concluded that... more
      • To be fair[EvilAI]UBEROverlord, Sat Sep 16 9:41am
        Just about every news source except for Fox has shown a great deal of frustration at Trump. But yeah, Op pieces pretty much throw all the rules out the window.
    • My Recommendations[EvilAI]UBEROverlord, Fri Sep 15 7:18pm
      In no particular order: 1. CNN (Probably best Cable News in the US) 2. BBC 3. Associate Press 4. Financial Times 5. New York Times 6. Washington Post 7. Economist 8. France24 I personally use CNN and ... more
      • Eh...Thoth, Fri Sep 15 9:34pm
        I like most of those. Except CNN. CNN is not very good. In addition, I am a fan of NPR.
        • What's the problem with CNN, then, as you see it? (nm)Larfen J. Stocke, esq., Fri Sep 15 11:41pm
          • My guess?[EvilAI]UBEROverlord, Sat Sep 16 12:09am
            He probably finds it too biased. The major three American Cable News Networks have all be accused of bias in some shape or form. MSNBC in my opinion is generally very left-leaning, and portrays... more
            • YesThoth, Sat Sep 16 6:54am
              CNN has a fairly strong bias, and a variety of other problems (like poor reporting standards, and wave after wave of trivial nonsense news stories to fill a 24-hour news cycle - although that... more
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