June 10, 2001
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Good news is hard to find. There's the traditional elitists, the foreign sympathisers, the biased leftists and rightists, and the information-clogged portals that help organize them. Sometimes it seems like we'll have to settle for what makes us laugh. Where do you get your news?
posted by tweebiscuit (26 comments total)
i get mine from the experiment network ... i guess it would fall under the "biased leftists" header.
posted by afx114 at 5:12 PM on June 10, 2001

mainly the onion.
posted by moz at 5:15 PM on June 10, 2001

NPR, although not online (!?), which is probably what you were asking about. For the down and dirty quick stuff, they all seem the same. Same top stories. Same feeds from AP/Reuters.
posted by noether at 5:29 PM on June 10, 2001

The Daily Show and All Things Considered. I'm not sure which one is more thought provoking. Not to mention the fact that I need to be fed news. I'm too lazy to go hunting for it.

Other than that, it's all Gamespy.com or TheGIA. Oh, yeah, and mefi occasionally.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:36 PM on June 10, 2001

I mostly get it from the morning paper, or from NPR during my commute, (look at that, a redesign!) and supplement with MeFi and occasionally the BBC online. I've always had the nagging feeling that there must be some better sources out there but I have yet to come across them. I guess it's in the nature of news to be primarily that which the mainstream sees fit to cover, and so when I'm looking for news that's smarter or more relevant than the newswires, I'm basically looking for something that doesn't exist.
posted by sudama at 6:24 PM on June 10, 2001

mefi, so don't anyone go slacken off
posted by Mick at 6:26 PM on June 10, 2001

It's really a shame that the Pacifica network is no longer a viable source for news.
posted by sudama at 6:27 PM on June 10, 2001

Even NPR has their biases -- they recently came out against low power radio, echoing the Broadcasting Association's spurious claim that it would "hurt their reception." When a public organization starts goosestepping to the corporate tune, you know their news can't be as unbiased as we'd like...
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:35 PM on June 10, 2001

I tend to get my news from the populist eyecandy merged with the evil empire.
posted by owillis at 6:45 PM on June 10, 2001

Bloomberg, The Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times, in that order. I listen to WNCW's online broadcast so I sometimes hear the hourly NPR news updates (but generally turn them down).
posted by Chairman_MaoXian at 6:48 PM on June 10, 2001

Canoe.ca is the only news source in Canada worth looking at.
posted by danwalker at 7:13 PM on June 10, 2001

MeFi, Boston.com, and other weblogs - especially Gael's Alt-Log. I have a few other weblogs I love for giving me news about specific areas that the mainstream press doesn't cover much (like Mouthorgan, for sex-related news). DC Denison is good for tech news.

AlterNet and News for Change are good for lefty opinion writing. Salon and Slate are good for more mainstream opinion writing and political perspectives.

There are a ton of other places I visit occasionally, but those are my favorites.
posted by acridrabbit at 7:19 PM on June 10, 2001

NYT and its little sister The Boston Globe for traditional elitist news, not to mention Romanesko's Obscure Store for a roundup of "local interest" from other papers. The Beeb for world news, and NPR in the car.
posted by briank at 7:35 PM on June 10, 2001

The International Herald Tribune (iht.com) is the best news source on the internet. The Guardian and The Economist are my other two favorites.

And whatever else you might say about the USA Today, you can't say it's biased =).

Speaking about the NYTimes, did anyone else see the heavily biased article about genetically modified food. It was in the Opinion section, but was written in the style of an actual news piece. The facts were quite often...wrong, heh.
posted by Kevs at 7:50 PM on June 10, 2001

Perhaps its because I'm younger, or maybe because I'm a "video age" afflicted lowest common denominator media consumer but I cannot "get" NPR for the life of me - yet a lot of you guys seem to love it. I have tried to listen so many times, but the almost whispering reverential tones and overly "high culture" tilt of the people on it drive me to sleep. Perhaps my exposure to shock jocks, witty liberals and conservative windbags is too foregone and I'm a lost case.
posted by owillis at 7:55 PM on June 10, 2001

On the other hand, I do like PBS (this too)
posted by owillis at 7:57 PM on June 10, 2001

starters: BBC (especially from the World Service), the (Manchester) Guardian;
US: CNN for wide-brush and breaking US stories, NYT and WP for feature-length stuff;
world: IHT, Economist, and Le Monde diplo;

and then chasing down local coverage of anything that smacks of lazy or biased reporting. I'm starting to use Yahoo's aggregation a little, (particularly for photos, since I tend to get my news from radio and print rather than TV) but I've never really used Moreover.

Yes, I'm a news junkie.
posted by holgate at 8:15 PM on June 10, 2001

criticism and service: my buttcheek.
posted by capt.crackpipe at 9:09 PM on June 10, 2001

Also need the daily hit of wonder and mild paranoia
posted by dong_resin at 9:18 PM on June 10, 2001

I usually switch between CNN/MSNBC/FoxNews on my TV depending on what show is on and read MSNBC, CNN, or the Washington Post on the Net for my news. Then, I'll go ahead and listen to Rush and read The National Review for a little conservative spin on the news and Salon for the liberal spin. If I want a non-American perspective, I'll read the Telegraph or the BBC online. Other than that, CBS news at the top of the hour on the radio keeps me updated on any breaking news.

As for NPR, my dad listens to it everyday driving home. It puts me to sleep almost every time, although I do listen to Performance Today quite a lot.
posted by gyc at 9:40 PM on June 10, 2001

I start my day with my local paper and listen to C-SPAN and/or NPR on my way to work. I then methodically move on to tech news, media news, and news summaries and analysis. Later in the day, I check out Metafilter, more tech news (at least as long as Tomalak is still with us) and sometimes a columnist or some commentary or a political rag.

And that doesn't include checking out sports and international news or many others I've left out. Does anyone think I have a problem?
posted by jameschandler at 9:51 PM on June 10, 2001

From the only place that gives me the news in my own language. (And yes, McVeigh's the top story in Wales, too.)
posted by ceiriog at 12:54 AM on June 11, 2001

I get my news at the infoshop, reading the wire headlines, here at MeFi, and my inbox. It's interesting to me how much news you realize you don't need after going without it for a while.
posted by jessamyn at 5:40 AM on June 11, 2001

General news from plain-text Nando. Freedom centered news from free-market.net's news page. News flashes from mailers from the ACLU, the Libertarian Party, and others. Commentary from lewrockwell.com, salon.com, and the other usual suspects. I don't consider blogs to be "news" sources; they're entertainment.
posted by jammer at 8:35 AM on June 11, 2001

Evil cable behemoth for general, and MSNBC for overviews of international news, BBC for stories the other two doesn't seem to get, and the local Village Voice wannabe for stories the popular press seems to ignore. Oh yeah, and MeFi, which I check more often than the others combined. *g*
posted by calistasm at 10:28 AM on June 11, 2001

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