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What is a truly fair and balanced news outlet I can watch/read/subscribe to?

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Well, since you used the "fair and balanced" catch phrase let's start by eliminating Fox, the de facto PR wing of the Republican Party. Although it's fake and just comedy, you'll get a better understanding of Fox "news" by watching The Daily Show.

You will see clowns on here saying that everything else is "liberal" and that is true if you live in a simplistic world where you're either extreme right or you're "liberal". These blockheads who parrot the "liberal media" meme don't see the middle and the vast majority of media tries very hard to be middle for two basic reasons: 1. They were taught in school to pursue a sense of objective journalism and 2. it's economically safer to play to the middle because there are more of them.

That is not to say that they achieve fairness. They have biases towards flattering the powerful, too, so they rarely think outside of the mainstream power brokers. They cater to power on both sides. You may have noticed that there's zero coverage of Afghanistan, the longest war, because frankly, neither side wants to discuss it and the crimes perpetrated there.

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Don't go to one. Go to many. Watch MSNBC to counter the Wall Street Journal. Watch the centrists CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS to compare them to each other. NPR is slightly more analytical and relies less on sound bites. The New York Times and Washington Post, both slightly liberal in their editorials still are doing the best reporting along with the Wall Street journal. A lot of what you hear elsewhere is mimicking them because they still do real reporting which small papers can't always afford. And if you really want to be informed go outside the US as some have suggested things like the BBC above. The Guardian (in the UK), German papers, even Al Jazeera... all of these allow you to escape the narrow intellectual limits you have in the US. Community stations (like KRCL in Utah) and Pacifica too (especially Democracy Now) are viewpoints that are virtually censored in the rest of the US. They cover the things powerful people in either party don't like to discuss.


Pick some reputable web pundits. Glenn Greenwald, a libertarian is brutually honest in a non-partisan way. Salon usually toes the Democratic line, FDL does not. Red State toes the far right line which is sometimes worth hearing. Huffington Post and other aggregators are good if only because they have a wide range of pundits and pretty much steal from everyone else so you can sites or people you never heard of.

The financial media is also illuminating because they are very open in the ways they intend to screw anyone who is not a Wall Street player. The Financial Times of London is better than most American ones like the jokish CNBC.

And don't limit yourself to "news"-based media. There are books by genuine political analysts that go far deeper than anything you see in the real-time world. "Manufacturing Consent" would be a good start there, but if that's too dense, watch the movie version. It's fun, yet sobering.

You can learn a lot if you're open to things outside the core corporate mainstream media.
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Well written, well-thought out. Thank you.
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Reuters

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CNN is pretty good.

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Too far left
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NPR national public radio.

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None, they're all biased, Fox and the Washington Times to the right, all the rest of them to the left.

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I'm not so sure tony. Have you ever listened to NPR? Some of their hosts might be left but I think they give both sides of every topic a fair chance to argue their points.
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On the radio, no, but on TV they lean too far left. I usually flip back and forth between Fox and HLN.
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That's a nice healthy balance. Haha!
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Yeah, I figure I get both sides of the story this way :-) Plus Robin Meade is HOT! Haha
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Hahaha! Yes she is! I almost don't even care what she is saying most of the time! Haha! I just wanna be like "hush your mouth...ok...now come sit on my lap." hahaha!
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"...ok...now come sit on my ..." (fill in the blank) haha
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Haha! I didn't wanna get too dirty...there's kids on here. Haha!
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Hilarious. The "all of the rest" part.
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I'm with blades
Reuters and I also like BBC and AP

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I have them all on tv and the best US. One is CNN on the tube.

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Reuters, CNN & BBC seem better than others.

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BBC and the Christian science monitor(not like it sounds) are two I know of.

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Watch Fox . It' the only way you will actually find out what's going on.

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Jcambell s kidding, right. No one seriously believes that.
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He's not kidding. read his other wingnut responses.
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Christian Science Monitor. Not a religious newspaper, just run by the CS church.

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Also often a good source.
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Tralby has given a very good answer. I would add that NPR and Public Television are always reliable. I have a special affection for Terry Gross's "Fresh Air" program, although unfortunatly I don't get much opportunity to listen anymore. Fox News is pure propaganda -should not be considered news. Although most of their viewers think they are getting the straight stuff a number of studies and polls have shown that Fox viewers are seriously misinformed. To give one example - Fox viewers believed, even years after it was proven to be untrue, that Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attack. (That's what the Bush administration wanted people to believe. The New York Times is the gold standard of journalism and you can access it online. Whenever I want to do some serious research on a question I start with the Times, specifically "Times Topics".

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What about the CS Monitor?
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No such thing

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Al Jazeera.

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I agree that Fox news does have a conservative lean but no more than CNN, NPR and NYT lean to the left. Bloomberg news is very balanced. Lehrer News Hour used to be best news on television, but I haven't watched in a while so not sure these days. Just stack your twitter feed up with a bunch of competing news sources and assume the truth is somewhere in the middle of them.

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Leher is perhaps the prime example of catering to the powerful with a very narrow range of guests most of whom are Beltway insiders or the professional government intelligentsia. Fox isn't so much conservative as it is party propaganda. David Brooks would be conservative. There's a difference between him and apparatchiks like Hannity, Beck and O'Reilly.

NPR is centrist, hardly left. Bloomberg is the kind of mainstream financial press I was talking about for seeing what Wall Street is up to - far better than CNBC or Fox business but not as good as the Financial Times.



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