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Do you trust major news channels?
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No, I'm incapable of trusting the media wholeheartedly, because I'm too aware of how commonly and easily "news" is manipulated. I can't rate news networks according to how "liberal" they are, since "liberal" is a word that has is often tossed around to describe something other than the meaning I find whenever I look it up. To me, politics is defined as "a clever disguise for ulterior motives," and essentially anything political is alien in my eyes. Therefore, asking me to rate anything according to politics is like trying to have a cat rate the individual virus strains that make up the common cold.

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I just enjoy watching CNN to see all the times they screw up- from broken mikes and flubs to humorous idiotic debates.

Speaking of which, Bill Nye was having a Debate with some Creationist on CNN tonight about climate change.
I bet you can guess how that went.
Posted 2/4/14 , edited 2/5/14
In Norway the news is a program, not a channel, that lasts for 30 minutes to 1 hour, unless there's a large scale of events that concern everyone, and they include most international news. They just announce what's up, and leave it at that. Political debate programs are separated from news programs, and sometimes, aren't even on the same channel. Fox News, CNN, msnbc, however, are news channels that report the news 24/7, and being that the U.S. is highly capitalistic (greedy), they will do anything to fill in the gaps, and make it seem more dramatic to appeal to a broader audience. The result is that they spend most of their time throwing conjectures around, rather than simply report what's new, and leave it at that.

I found this segment in The Daily Show from last night rather amusing... I think it's spot on.



So do I trust major news channels? No. I really don't see why I would watch them at all.
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Remember, Fox fought and won a lawsuit that said it is perfectly legal to lie on the news. Of course i wouldnt trust these media outlets, they're iowned by the same corporations that own our government. Jon Stewart is pretty much obama rah rah squad.. Alternative media is the only place to find any real info.. Infowars.com is a good start, alex jones daily radio show.. lots of other resources for real news, but dont trust anything the mainstream media says..
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Nope (don't even watch TV anymore), both Fox and CNN have been caught just making stuff up or otherwise messing with facts to support whatever angle they happen to be pushing. I can't point to specific examples but I am sure MSNBC isn't much better.

No single source is immune from bias, so multiple sources, including one who's opinion one doesn't necessarily agree with is the way to go.
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Al Jezaira was able to meet my country's equivalent of the FCC to Create a Local franchise of their channel.

Fox can't or won't.


I think that says it all.

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If you really want to be informed. Get your hands on copies of the laws being passed, the voting record on those laws, raw video feeds, etc.

If people put a fraction of the attention on their politicians that most put on the stats of players of their favourite sports... We'd actually have working democracies.

OR!

The 1% would have to abandon all pretense....
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All the news channels spin their political bias by presenting both opinion and fact. People are expected to use their intelligence and common sense to recognize the difference between the two. Unfortunately most people lack the critical ability to do so. The result is that news channels have eroded people’s concept of facts, and have created cynicism and distrust into everyone's image of televised news media, undermining everyone's faith in journalism, objectivity and facts.

I’m lucky because my mom subscribes to the New York Times, which is left leaning, while my dad subscribes to the Wall Street Journal which leans right. Both of their opinion sections are written by some of the smartest people in America and somewhere between these two papers is where the truth lies.
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Well.. To be honest, I don't trust any of them, they all could just as well be propaganda in my eyes, I mean.. While people are dying in third world countries, we hear about Justin Bieber going to prison. + Everybody that listens to western media will discover that everyone in those medias smack talks Russia, China and many other countries, while they have their problems, I don't believe that a country is that bad, especially when you keep hearing about this from ONLY western sources-.-

TL;DR, I don't trust them, I follow my gut and it says that I shouldn't trust these medias.
Posted 2/5/14
No TV so I don't watch any of those news channels. I do read the New York Times every Sunday so that's pretty much where I get my news.

Oh, and occasionally on NPR.

I don't necessarily "trust" them, but I do consider the things they say.
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I don't trust any of them in the slightest, the only I really use to follow current events is Drudge Report, and even that I take with a grain of salt.
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I watch the weather channel does that count?
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I'm an American but I get most of my national and international news from BBC News, Reuters, and a few others from other countries. Any news agency will not be free of propaganda and an agenda especially if they are from your own country. I do not support American elitism on either end of the spectrum so FOX, MSNBC, CNN, and etc... I don't even bother with them especially Fox.
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CrimsonFinality wrote:

I'm an American but I get most of my national and international news from BBC News, Reuters, and a few others from other countries. Any news agency will not be free of propaganda and an agenda especially if they are from your own country. I do not support American elitism on either end of the spectrum so FOX, MSNBC, CNN, and etc... I don't even bother with them especially Fox.


Smart choice.

though I'd trust the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for that it's a government owned news source from my own country over fox.

Actually FOX is good to watch for deciding what NOT to believe.


Posted 2/5/14 , edited 2/5/14

papagolfwhiskey wrote:


CrimsonFinality wrote:

I'm an American but I get most of my national and international news from BBC News, Reuters, and a few others from other countries. Any news agency will not be free of propaganda and an agenda especially if they are from your own country. I do not support American elitism on either end of the spectrum so FOX, MSNBC, CNN, and etc... I don't even bother with them especially Fox.


Smart choice.

though I'd trust the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for that it's a government owned news source from my own country over fox.

Actually FOX is good to watch for deciding what NOT to believe.





Certain things yes, you should trust your own news. It's not so much the news itself as it is pretty much the same all over the world but how that news is presented matters and depending how it is told an enemy can be made a hero and a hero can be made an enemy. When you can put together varying view points you get a clearer picture of whats really going on.

Take for example Georgia-Russia Crises or the South Ossetia War back in 2008. News reporting on events that happened didn't change much but how each country presented it did. If you only fallowed US news (an enemy of Russia) you'd think Russia was nothing more than a big bully picking on Georgia. Russia would have you believe it righteous while Georgia would make Russia sound like the SS. By reading news from all countries and then of those outside the conflict you can eat through those raw emotions an get to the facts of what happened. Georgia attacked and Russia defended itself, no more than that. Once you get a clearer picture with calmer minds you can objectively put the pieces together of what lead to it and then try to develop something so it doesn't happen again, maybe. I'm not an idealist in that I know there are flaws in that thinking and complete comradery would make for a boring world (struggle advances society) but you can at least think about it and make things a little better.

On 911 in the US you bet my eyes were glued to American TV while not allowed to leave my High School as some dumb girl complained she wouldn't get to go to the mall that afternoon.

lol, true about Fox news but they are so one sided it's hard to take. For domestic news I read the Chicago Tribune and local news sources. They're smaller with less governmental influence.

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CrimsonFinality wrote:






Agreed although Fox has repeatedly crossed the line from bias to outright lying.

Like I said earlier. The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission Has rules for how to set up an in-country franchise of an international news Channel. Al-Jezeira can meet those standards...

Fox?

Can't or Won't...

I think that speaks volumes.

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