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Do you trust major news channels?
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21 / M / The Netherlands
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Posted 7/7/14
I dont even watch TV
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No. They rarely give you any real information.
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26 / M / Waterloo, Ontario
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Posted 7/9/14

Wihl wrote:

No. They rarely give you any real information.


Most of the information they give is terribly biased anyways. You are better off reading blogs, forum posts and learning from independent news sources.
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38 / M / Kansas
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I do not have cable, and I rarely watch TV. But I tend to trust PBS more than the others. The McLaughlin Group shows both sides of the argument, and that old dude does a fantastic job of keeping them from spinning it.
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BBC only good source for world news
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35 / M / Birmingham, AL
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I don't trust for-profit news. People always think it has a conservative or liberal bias, but really it only has one real bias: money. FOX News is conservative biased because its viewership is conservative and they don't want to lose viewers. If their ratings nosedive, watch how quickly they'll change that slant. MSNBC started running a liberal evening lineup when they realized they could make money off of it, after a year of being conservative, because Phil Griffin will do anything for a dollar. Well, anything except firing Joe Scarborough. CNN just spews an unending stream of utterly stupid shit because it's catering to the tabloid crowd. It should be called National Enquirer Network News.

Even if it falls within their perceived ideological slant those networks won't often run negative reports about their sponsors or parent companies, nor will they do honest reporting on anything that will affect their bottom line. It's not about red or blue, it's about green.

The 24-hour news cycle is a ridiculous thing. There isn't enough news for that so they fill in the blanks. I think CNN is the most offensive one when it comes to this. I can deal with FOX and MSNBC having ideological commentators. I can't deal with milking a plane crash every minute for weeks, featuring Wolf Blitzer being the single dumbest person in the history of mankind. And fucking Crossfire: the debate show that makes you more ignorant for having watched it. God I hate CNN. FOX's slant is in direct opposition to my own ideology but I would watch it all day if the only alternative was CNN and I couldn't turn the TV off.

I'm also opposed to "balanced" reporting. Every issue may have two sides, but they're not always equal. If congressman A says that there's a nefarious provision in a bill and congressman B says there isn't, then their views are not equally valid. One of them is a goddamned liar who knows he's about to get away with it. The reporter needs to do some actual journalism, read the fucking bill, and report what's in it, instead of quoting "both sides" and throwing their hands up like it's a subjective matter or an unsolvable puzzle. The truth doesn't always lie somewhere in the middle. A lot of the times someone is full of shit and some real journalism would expose it.
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25 / M / Inside Lorreen's...
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I don't even watch the news unless you count Stephen Colbert. or Anime News Network.
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35 / M / Minot, ND
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None really, news channels are going for viewers instead of informing us of what the government is doing. You have to ignore what they say and look at the solid facts. Other then Fox for the most, if the facts are detrimental to Democrats, they will hide them. When I watch news its Fox news. The only news I trust is from Rush Limbaugh. People may hate him, but no one can deny that he is accurate when he says what is going to happen.

There is a reason Fox news viewership going up as others are going down though. Bias toward republicans (not conservative though) but they allow liberal co-hosts.

Got to be very careful about reading blogs since you have to know the guy writing it before any trust be given to it.
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21 / M / The Void
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The real question here is if I trust the rich bastards that run the major news corporations. The answer is no, never, not even a little. The only place I'll get my news is Drudge Report, and that is as subject to skepticism as the rest. They all have their own agenda, and will only report on what benefits them and in the way that will do them the most good.
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22 / M / Chicago, IL
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Mainly, CNN.
Posted 7/9/14
news has been rather disgusting to read lately, what about pedophile ring in westminister and cover ups. i really hope there is an afterlife and hell burns
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18 / F / Hell
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Posted 8/23/14
Nope~
The media is very biased on topics and things are filtered/removed quite a lot.
Happens a lot in major news channels.
Posted 8/23/14
Yes... I actually do.
I also watch Vice.
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General policy is that if it's FOX or MSNBC it's pointless political drivel that seeks to manipulate the ignorant from their political party. CNN used to be decent, but I stopped watching it because it isn't really worth anything. I watch the weather channel when I do watch tv, and my news generally comes from Associated Press, Yahoo News, Huffington Post with a search for other sites making similar claims, followed by counter arguments, and then lastly by fact check sites. If you're relying on The Drudge Report, InfoWars, The Mind Unleashed, or WorldTruthtv for your news, you might as well be watching Fox or MSNBC for all the education you're giving yourself, or, as studies have shown, you might be better off to go find a rock to hide under. Now, the reason I select those three, less The Mind Unleashed, is that they come from a single primary contributor who claims to research many fields. The Drudge Report has Matt Drudge, InfoWars has Alex Jones, and World Truth tv has "Eddie." Now, more disturbing is The Mind Unleashed, which claims no specific author, but rather gives a note to the effect of [we are all one] for its about us. Keep in mind, alternative news historically is often very, very wrong, and those that watch it tend to blind themselves to the inaccuracies in favor of the rare chance where they get it right. Now, this brings to mind something all media have in common, their accountability is absurdly low. Rarely, there is little punishment for getting it wrong, regardless of potential negative consequences that result from false stories. Personally, if I can, I like to look at research papers due to the fact that there isn't a hair trigger that allows them to be posted with little verification. All research papers (well, in theory, and in the overwhelming majority of cases) are peer reviewed, thought out, and often are collaborations between experts in their field.
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