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Author Topic: Where do you get your news from?  (Read 1771 times)

timns

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Where do you get your news from?
« on: December 12, 2010, 03:22:11 PM »
I use http://news.bbc.co.uk which seems to give reasonably solid coverage, but they do two things which really grate:

1. They run ads! The BBC is supposed to be funded by UK TV license fee payers
2. Use of speech marks around 'everything'. Feels like every headline has to have gratuitous apostrophes 'left, right and centre'

Example: Kosovo's PM 'ahead' in election.

'ahead'? he's either AHEAD or NOT. Ugh.

So: where else is going to give me good, balanced reporting on current events?

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2010, 03:47:45 PM »
I use http://news.bbc.co.uk which seems to give reasonably solid coverage, but they do two things which really grate:

1. They run ads! The BBC is supposed to be funded by UK TV license fee payers
2. Use of speech marks around 'everything'. Feels like every headline has to have gratuitous apostrophes 'left, right and centre'

I just listen to the news bulletins on Radio 3 :)  They repeat trailers for other programs so infuriatingly often that I scream with rage 

I'd guess the speech marks are to show they're quoting somebody, which will often mean quoting hype.  So, it's perhaps a word to the wise that the quoted comment should be taken with a big pinch of salt.

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2010, 04:08:50 PM »
I'd guess the speech marks are to show they're quoting somebody, which will often mean quoting hype.  So, it's perhaps a word to the wise that the quoted comment should be taken with a big pinch of salt.

I'm sure you're right. But I would like to get some danged facts in that case, not conjecture dressed up as real news. For a long time I had a contract with one of the big news agencies up in London and it was often quite shocking to see real news come in, and then a few minutes later hear how it'd been overdressed by the 'reporters' (sic) who clearly felt that things needed juicing up a bit!

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2010, 04:09:41 PM »
National Public Radio, when I have the time.  Otherwise, I catch about 10 minutes a week of "nightly news" when my wife channel-surfs to one of the major networks to catch the weather.

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2010, 04:16:40 PM »

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2010, 05:19:59 PM »
two things which really grate:
If these are your only beefs, you'd have to give these guys a solid "A" !  ;D

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2010, 05:26:06 PM »
At the moment I use the RSS feeds on my phone, which go all over the place. When I read on my laptop/desktop, I get news from friends in Facebook and follow those links. Again, they go all over.

I used to read The Register religiously. It really has (some of) the best quality journalism out there~! :D (Because they do what they say and don't pretend to not be bias/cynical.)

When I watch TV, Al Jazeera.

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Re: Where do you get your news from?
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010, 05:31:37 PM »
two things which really grate:
If these are your only beefs, you'd have to give these guys a solid "A" !  ;D

I know, I know. I must be getting old and crotchety...  >:(

Thanks for the other suggestions folks - I'll 'try a few sites out' over the coming days.