View Poll Results: How Do You Read the News?

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  • I research everything thoroughly and question everything even against conventional thinking

    12 70.59%
  • I believe everything on the internet especially Facebook memes and twitter posts!

    2 11.76%
  • I avoid news stories from sources I don't like!

    4 23.53%
  • I just read headlines

    0 0%
  • I only research about issues I care about and use sources I agree with to make myself feel better

    0 0%
  • I just use DP

    1 5.88%
  • I use or will try your timeline method!

    1 5.88%
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    Re: How do you read the news?

    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post

    1. Well by this, i mean Amnesty International and other humanitarian groups, and collectives like the EU and UN have all condemned israel's response. American politicians, talking heads, religious figures and such have too much a vested interest in defending israel no matter what, and that's who gets shown on the news giving their 2 cents. If they start interviewing poor Palestinians whose school was hit by rockets, guess what, prejudiced viewers may turn the channel. Some columnist in Canada might have quite a different take on it. Ideally, independent sources will also seek out actual data and report it without taking a side.

    2. It doesn't have to be some big international incident either. If i want an unbiased yet knowledgeable opinion on whether the new detroit arena project should be approved, i wouldn't go ask mike illitch (the guy who stands to profit) like the local news does. Sure, illitch should have a chance to present his case, but the problem with commercial driven news is there is no sensible debate - usually 1 or 2 get interviewed briefly - no independent studies, and a very short time to present a complicated subject. The viewer is left with cursory and biased info from well-known figures (who can drive ratings), which later often gets regurgitated as if it's all indisputable fact. I'd rather hear from academic researchers or citing previous research on sports arena projects & economic impact on the city.

    3. Especially if we get all our news from one outlet like Hannity or Bill Maher, we're basically letting someone else think for us. Although god knows what they really think. Watch Hannity someday 'come out' as liberal. He's just selling ad spots after all.
    1. Depending on the source, even those groups can have a bias. Often populist groups do! I tend to stay away from populist talking points. They are not all on talk radio!!! Many humanitarian groups have just as much bias and skew stuff to their side just as much as the news media does. For instance, Amnesty International will not appeal to the Tea Party due to their stance on the Israel thing and other stuff that they do. It's fine to like the work they do, I work for an organization that does something similar to them. I do not limit myself to that or my organization for news. It's always good to get a well-rounded opinion. Even if you think Hannity is just selling ads.

    2. I like it when the news does this actually. Usually the supporter of whatever side the host/new station is trying to portray is advertised. Whatever loser the network gets to portray the opposite side, still does have an agenda but it's not as loud. Even the liberals on Fox News (the people paid to argue the liberal side) have an agenda. I'm not talking about high profile liberals like Juan Williams who is on the Fox payroll with a multi-million dollar contract. I'm talking about people who argue with Sheppard Smith or Greta during the afternoons. They are all attached to different organizations or are trying to sell crappy paperback books. If you listen closely you can usually hear what groups they support even if the other side is louder and advertising something the network is pushing for. I hope this makes sense. If not I can try to find some examples.

    3. I always urge my conservative colleagues in the Republican Party to read some of the sources I read. Like the Verge or Motherjones. Half of them they never heard of because their head is stuck in the sand. Same thing happens when I ask liberals why exactly they hate Fox News with a passion. I never want people to get stuck in one lane.

    I actually started an Anti-libertarian/anti-populist/anti-conspiracy website because of the populist movement surrounding third parties and the like. It highlights all the crazy stuff libertarians do. Because after doing research on these people, I noticed there wasn't really anybody out there challenging them or questioning them. More like people ignored them. Which may be just as well, but I like there to be some counter to every political movement. Call me a cynic I guess.
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    Re: How do you read the news?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModerateGOP View Post
    I'm talking about people who argue with Sheppard Smith or Greta during the afternoons. They are all attached to different organizations or are trying to sell crappy paperback books. If you listen closely you can usually hear what groups they support even if the other side is louder and advertising something the network is pushing for. I hope this makes sense. If not I can try to find some examples.
    I think so...that they are mostly just fodder to give the supported view something to argue. That's what i meant by not true debate. Imagine someone who could make Hannity or Maher look foolish was allowed to go on there. Most any of my professors and hell, even the RAs, could manage it if it's a topic in their field and their view was diametrically opposed or just way more informed than the host's. Oh, and if they weren't there just to sell books of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by ModerateGOP View Post
    I actually started an Anti-libertarian/anti-populist/anti-conspiracy website because of the populist movement surrounding third parties and the like. It highlights all the crazy stuff libertarians do. Because after doing research on these people, I noticed there wasn't really anybody out there challenging them or questioning them. More like people ignored them. Which may be just as well, but I like there to be some counter to every political movement. Call me a cynic I guess.
    Sounds like it could be a hit and yes, 3rd party can be just as crazy and if actually did come to power, would end up as corrupt and with their own slanted news shows. I recall hearing of this Green Party candidate...Nader? Well, some of their platform and his own statements were nuts, and it goes on. I try not to attach myself to any political "movement" or major party for that reason. The cynic i think would say well, there's no true independent, thousands out there share your political/social/economic views no matter what. Perhaps, but i haven't met them, so all good to me. Probably why i don't have many friends on this site lol. End up disagreeing with everyone at some point.

    But similar with declaring myself anti ------. I could think conspiracy theorists are psychotic 99% of the time, but then there's that 1% that turns out correct. Always have to keep that in mind too. Libertarians, gun nuts, thumpers, GOP, dems etc - every once in a while they all make a good point or support policy i can get behind. That is, when they're in role. Hopefully no one is such a caricature they're a bible thumper or conspiracy theorist every waking moment.

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