Where do you get your news?

January 14, 2017 Just for Fun 10

I try not to get bogged down in politics here on my lil’ ol’ blog — although I’m not going to try to hide my opinions, either. Not gonna lie, various political or politics-related subjects have been taking up a lot of my brainspace and emotional energy lately.

And with all the talk about our “post-truth” culture these days, I’ve been thinking a lot about where we get our news from and how it affects a person’s outlook + is affected by a person’s outlook.

So, I’m interested in hearing about your preferred news sources. Where do you get your news — be it political, cultural, professional, etc. — from, and how do you think those sources reflect/affect your own opinions or decisions?


These are my main sources of news right now:

NPR

About this resource:

National Public Radio is an American privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public radio stations in the United States. NPR produces and distributes news and cultural programming. Its flagships are two drive time news broadcasts, Morning Edition and the afternoon All Things Considered; both are carried by most NPR member stations, and are two of the most popular radio programs in the country.

Comments:
NPR might lean a bit liberal, but it really depends on which show you’re listening to and which topic they’re covering. When I’m not listening to an audiobook, I like to listen to the morning and afternoon news on NPR on my way to/from work — although lately I’ve had to change the channel back and forth from music for the sake of my blood pressure.

The Houston Chronicle

About this resource:

The Houston Chronicle is the largest daily newspaper in Houston, Texas. As of April 2016, it is the third-largest newspaper by Sunday circulation in the United States. It is the largest daily paper owned and operated by the Hearst Corporation, a privately held multinational corporate media conglomerate. The publication serves as the “newspaper of record” of the Houston area.

Comments:
This newspaper has been accused of liberal bias fairly frequently, but you have to keep in mind that this is a newspaper for a big, about-as-liberal-as-you-get-outside-Austin city in a very, very red state. I think it does a pretty fair job of reporting on local and state issues and it and its journalists have won/been nominated for several awards, including Lisa Falkenberg’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

The Galveston County Daily News

About this resource:

The Daily News is a newspaper published in Galveston, Texas. It was first published April 11, 1842, making it the oldest newspaper in the state. The newspaper founded The Dallas Morning News in 1885 as a sister publication. It currently serves as the newspaper of record for the City of Galveston as well as Galveston County.

Comments:
This is more of a typical mid-size town newspaper than the behemoth Chronicle and the topics it covers tend to be more hyper-local and the quality of the reporting/writing/editing is proportional to its size. I personally have kind of ambivalent feelings about this newspaper for kolaches-related reasons (don’t get me started on the Great Kolaches War of 2014), but I end up flipping through it 3 or 4 times a week.

JSTOR Daily

About this resource:

JSTOR is a digital library founded in 1995. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now also includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals. In addition to weekly feature articles, JSTOR Daily publishes short daily blog posts that provide the backstory to complex issues of the day in a variety of subject areas, interviews with and profiles of scholars and their work, and more.

Comments:
Fairly neutral on the political spectrum, perhaps because its articles focus on looking at current events through the lenses of history and related academic scholarship rather than spinning out up-to-the-minute stories. This is probably the “nerdiest” news source I regularly read, but I can’t help it, JSTOR is just pretty great.

Texas Monthly

About this resource:

Texas Monthly is a monthly American magazine headquartered in Austin, Texas. It chronicles life in contemporary Texas, writing on politics, the environment, industry, and education. The magazine also covers leisure topics such as music, art, dining, and travel. Texas Monthly takes as its premise that Texas began as a distinctive place and remains so. It is the self-appointed arbiter of all things culturally Texan.

Comments:
Texas Monthly has been accused of liberal bias, but again, this is Texas, so anything other than pro-gun, pro-life, pro-football, and pro-chili-with-no-beans-ever content is going to get flagged as leaning a little too blue. I especially enjoy the Bum Steer Awards and the Ten Best/Worst lists.

Slate

About this resource:

Slate is an English-language online current affairs, politics and culture magazine in the United States. According to editor Julia Turner, the magazine is “not fundamentally a breaking news source,” but rather aimed at helping readers to “analyze and understand and interpret the world” with witty and entertaining writing.

Comments:
Slate has a reputation for being particularly left-leaning and — annoyingly in some cases — contrarian in a pretty click-baity way. Not gonna lie, I usually visit the site for one of my favorite “agony aunt” columns, Dear Prudence (yeah, got a weird addiction to advice columns), but end up browsing the news and culture articles as well. I also really like doing their weekly news quiz just to see how in touch I am with current events (usually about average, nothing to brag about).

Other frequent sources of news (or sometimes “news”) via Twitter, shared links from friends, and so forth:
BuzzFeed
CNN
The Guardian
HuffPo
The Texas Tribune
Wall Street Journal
WaPo
Wired

Note: News resource descriptions are from Wikipedia.

10 Responses to “Where do you get your news?”

  1. Toady

    Honestly, it’s all rubbish. Gone are the days when a reporter was professional enough to report the news without the self restraint to not interject their own spin. I am beyond sick of it. I have found the only thing to do is to watch a small bit of conservative news, and another small bit of liberal news. They rarely cover the same thing, and when they do the reporting is so different from the other.

    • Louise

      Rubbish on fire, really. It is interesting to watch/read news from different places on the political spectrum — sometimes it’s like they’re speaking completely different languages. I guess all we can do as news consumers is be aware of the bias and try to mentally balance it out.

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    NPR is the main news source for me, though I also follow a couple of Louisiana newspapers (the Advocate and the Times-Picayune, such as they are) and the Washington Post and also Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal for some ideological balance. I MEAN WHO EVEN KNOWS. The world is a shambles.

    • Louise

      The world IS shambles, life is pain, reality is an illusion and resistance is futile. It’s nice to hear that someone else reads local (or local-ish) newspapers, too. There’s just something so… local… about them that you can’t get from the national pubs. (That sounded better in my head but I wrote it anyway.)

  3. Jenni Elyse

    Honestly, I can only handle news from the comedy outlets because they make fun of everyone. I used to love The Daily Show with John Stewart and The Colbert Report. I do like Trevor Noah, so I at least still have The Daily Show. And, I like John Oliver too. I also get news from Twitter by whatever is trending. I hate all other news outlets, especially Fox News.

    • Louise

      Oh yeah, The Daily Show used to be my exclusive source of news outside of a small-town newspaper, but we haven’t watched it since John Stewart left. Not that Trevor Noah is bad, it just wasn’t the same and we found other shows that scratched the itch — like John Oliver and Full Frontal w/ Samantha Bee.

      And, I’m not even going to try to watch Fox News. I’m generally willing to watch/read stuff from conservative sources when it comes across my radar, but Fox is just too dang much for my delicate little nerves.

  4. Margaret Walk

    I ended up getting a subscription to Washington Post pre-election because I liked their coverage best and kept hitting their paywall… I’d intended to drop it after the election but considering how the election went I kept it. I also have a subscription to Slate (although I too tend to spend more time reading Dear Prudence than any of their news coverage).

    I’m one of those people who gets a lot of news from Twitter, too, although I try not to take Twitter at face value (well, I try to take all news with a grain of salt these days), but it’s a good place to hear about current events and then look for primary sources from there.

    I also like watching MSNBC, particularly Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow, although I haven’t honestly turned it on since November, and I finally have HBO so I’m looking forward to following John Oliver when the show returns from its season break.

    All of that said, though, I’ve kind of been hiding under a rock since about mid-December. All I’ve done is skim current events from Twitter and the daily email I get from WaPo. I’m ashamed of it, but I just haven’t been able to cope! That’s likely going to change starting next week, though.

    • Louise

      That’s cool that you decided to subscribe to the Washington Post — they do have pretty good content. But anyway, don’t feel too ashamed about skimming the news lately. A lot of stuff has just been pretty shitty all at once, and there’s only so much shit a person can deal with in a day, right? It can be hard to find a balance between staying informed and going bonkers with worry.

  5. Jenna @ Falling Letters

    Hah, I love that you’ve got JSTOR on here. I mostly get my news from the CBC (I don’t think there’s an American equivalent? Maybe NPR comes close), but honestly, I don’t follow news very closely. I pay more attention to local stuff because I get overwhelmed otherwise. When there’s international news I want to know about, I ask my sister, who follows a lot more resources than I do. (I do read a lot of stuff via Twitter, which I then try to ‘fact check’ as best I can)

    • Louise

      JSTOR is the best. Their JSTOR Daily thing is a good way to keep up with current events, but from an academic/historical perspective. It’s more like getting your news from a professor instead of a TV pundit.

      We have NPR and PBS, but neither of them are government-operated — they’re non-profits with some public funding, on top of donations, corporate sponsorships, etc. Which can be good/bad for various reasons. What I respect about them is that they make valiant efforts to avoid idealogical bias as far as possible.

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