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I am sick to death of corporate news media. I'm looking for alternative sources of news to get a feel for what's really happening in the world.

 

I'm tired of the major news agencies only scratching the surface of a story without any inclination of delving deeper. I can't stand the media bandwagon that follows supposed newsmakers like a pack of lemmings. Furry little news gathering mammals willing to leap off a cliff for the opportunity to broadcast his/her propaganda to the masses. They take what they're told at face value and report it as the truth. What ever happened to investigating? I'm sick of primetime news magazines and their "in-depth" reports about salacious murders, gourmet coffee, and teen sex -if I want entertainment I'll rent a fuckin' movie. I hate male anchors wearing make-up and female anchors who come off as men. I detest news that hints at a cause but never crosses that imaginary ethical line of actually reporting the cause. Facts don't make a story. Give me reasons.

 

I want a news source with the balls to challenge officials, question their answers and admittedly theorize about what may be going on behind the scenes. Tell us what the people involved THINK.

 

So, what else is out there? I like NPR but there is little news between the cooking shows and pretentious art reviews.

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Originally posted by iCamp@Sep 21 2003, 10:44 AM

I want a news source with the balls to challenge officials, question their answers and admittedly theorize about what may be going on behind the scenes. Tell us what the people involved THINK.

 

So, what else is out there?

 

I hang out at FreeRepublic.com a lot. It's a CONSERVATIVE web site by its very charter, and they don't tolerate liberals too well there (but there is a pretty good contingency of Libertarians)

 

It's a good source for news and analysis, IMO.

 

Basically, each thread starts with someone posting a news article found somewhere on the web, and then the members discuss amongs themselves with the subsequent posts. Many of the members there are very sharp, and the analysis that these laymen provide often challenges me to think a great deal more than I normally might. I guarantee you that they will challenge the assumptions that the news media make.

 

It's not all politics, mind you. There are discussions on everything from the collar bomb in PA, to the Britney Spears/Madonna kiss. Just about every major news story gets its own thread.

 

Sometimes it's quite humorous too. Not sure if it is your cup o' tea, but it is a great site on the web for news.

 

Carlos.

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If by news you mean information on recent events, then I get mine through NPR and Howard Stern. ;)

 

If you mean analysis of important matters of our times, an OUTSTANDING source is a non-partisan publication called the Wilson Quarterly, "surveying the world of ideas." It's published by the Smithsonian's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

 

There are many wonderful features, including the periodical review and the their multi-article approach to a topic. Each issue has a topic around which 3 or 4 scholars will write an article or essay. Recent topics include the political history of Iraq, holy wars, and the pleasure and politics of food.

 

By far the best feature is the writing; one of the Quarterly's mandates is to write in plain English. This is not to say that it's written on a fourth grade level, but that it's written well with the intent to communicate and educate the reader -- something missing from almost all "academic" and "professional" writing.

 

You can look at some of their articles and content on the web:

 

http://wwics.si.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=wq.welcome

 

Here are is a sampling of articles:

 

A World on the Edge by Amy Chua

Is the current formula for universal free markets and democracy spurring ethnic violence around the world?

 

China's Palace of Memory by Norman Kutcher

China's debate over whether to preserve or restore the ruined site of the great imperial palace complex of Yuanming Yuan shows how the Chinese are grappling with their past--and how they imagine their future.

 

The Disenchantment by Afshin Molavi

In Iran, where the failing government is Islamic, the colors of protest are of varying and often subtle secular hues.

 

Experimenting with Earth by V. Ramanathan and Tim P. Barnett

Two scientists present the evidence that greenhouse gases are causing the Earth's warming.

 

Portraits of Mars: Hollywood's New Way of War by Martha Bayles

Hollywood war films have sent Americans into combat for a lot of different reasons over the years. The mayhem on the screen is now more graphic than ever but less connected to any cause.

 

-j

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Yeah, yeah, I already said more than enough on the subject, but I wanted tell you that both Barnes & Nobles and Borders carries the Wilson Quarterly. There's a dealer locator on the Center's web site.

 

This is their description of the Quarterly:

 

"Since 1976, the Wilson Quarterly has provided a nonpartisan and nonideological window on the world of ideas.

 

By presenting the best writing and thinking of academics, specialists, and others to a broad audience, it aims to overcome the specialization and information overload that prevent the public from following developments in significant realms of knowledge.

 

The magazine ranges over many subject areas but always with an eye to public questions: issues in politics and policy, culture, religion, science, and other fields that bear upon our public life."

 

-j

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As a Brit abroad, I'm a big fan of the BBC News site. It's very very good for news, and is less partisan than the major US networks. I find it a little disturbing that frequently I learn more about what's happening in the US by going to the European news sites than from CNN etc...

 

Another site I frequent is News Now - it's an "aggregator"/portal type site that flashes the headlines/stories from about 150 sites I believe.

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I'm glad you liked what you saw on the Wilson Quarterly's site, Sam. I envangelize it whenever the opportunity arises -- I continue to be surprised that a publication of its caliber exists.

 

I urge anyone looking for a well-written, informative journal with actual depth and analysis to check it out (or spring for a subscription)

 

I had a friend tear through my back issues with that "they can't maintain this level of quality" feeling only to subscribe to it within a couple days.

 

-j

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for political news i check

 

on the right

http://www.townhall.com

http://www.freerepublic.com

 

on the left

http://www.salon.com

http://www.truthout.com

http://www.democrats.org

 

I get most of my local stuff from talk radio and local newspapers. I get most of my event based news from my home page excite.com

 

Meet the press IMO, is by far the best political news hour on TV.

I also watch the factor about 3 times a week.

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As a conservative, I hate to get liberally-spun news. But, on that same token, I really don't want conservative-spun news either. I just want the damn news!!!!!!!

 

In all truth, unless we actually go out with Geraldo Rivera :roll: and get the news 1st hand, we well never really know exactly how much info we're getting is cold, hard facts, or some jackoff newscaster with a political bias/agenda, giving us what he/she thinks we should believe. :(

 

Kind of depressing...

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Originally posted by Derrik Draven@Sep 23 2003, 02:47 AM

In all truth, unless we actually go out with Geraldo Rivera :roll: and get the news 1st hand, we well never really know exactly how much info we're getting is cold, hard facts, or some jackoff newscaster with a political bias/agenda, giving us what he/she thinks we should believe. :(

 

Kind of depressing...

That's pretty much why I access far left and far right information. I'd much rather access news that is openly biased one way or the other, as opposed to journalist pretending to be unbiased. :roll:

 

No one is unbiased, it's just not possible.

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