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Is CNN Trustworthy? What News Networks Are?
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14
All news networks to an extent fabricate, lie, and twist stories for viewership. No one is innocent. The media is all one big fabrication, every publication pretty much. Most articles are nowadays opinion based as supposed to generalizations or just descriptions of an event.

And we all know what opinions are like....
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Posted 12/28/14 , edited 12/28/14

Hodhandr wrote:

Yes and no. Goes for all news networks.

To elaborate: some are more trustworthy than others, but all of them slip occasionally.
You should be critical of ALL information you get from ANY media(including science papers, if reading those are your thing). Think about where they got their information, whether or not any sources are relevant, if they have anything to gain on covering it, etc.

Oh, and confirmation bias is a bitch. Try to be as critical with things that goes against your beliefs/"knowledge" as the things that agree with you.


Investigate!!!

The biggest thing about people now days is that they take for granted the news they get is actually news.

I have found that nationally, PBS/NPR have about the most reliable news shows.
Remember that most of the "news and information" shows are about getting ratings and ad revenue so they will tell you what they think you want to hear. I don't really like to watch the national news for CBS, NBC and ABC, although I find CBS to be closer to being journalism. I have seen all of them totally screw things up in the name of 'ratings."
The only FOX news I watch is the local station, they report on "local" news and they, surprisingly, rather unbiased in their reporting.
Most of the local stations here in Portland/Vancouver seem to do a good job.

I rarely watch MSNBC, even though I lean "left," I still like to dig and confirm their stories.

I do not watch FOX anymore, I caught them spewing too much crap, too many times even back I used to be quite the "right-winger"

I would watch Aljezera America before I watch CNN now days... and take things with a grain of salt.

It is interesting to watch NHK, DW and BBC news, even though the feeds I watch are for American audiences, they do give you a different perspective that I find useful.

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Posted 12/28/14
So, first off, if it has the word "truth" in the name, it is probably anything but.
CNN is probably the least biased and most honest of cable news networks, but it is still a long way from honest. Keep in mind, news networks feed on sensationalism.
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Posted 12/28/14

applestash wrote:

None of them are trustworthy. You have to remember that it's people that write those articles, and people are never trustworthy. You need to see through the loaded language and discern what's objective from that jungle of prejudice yourself.


People are never trustworthy? Does that include you and the statement you just made? I'm sorry, I'm just being cheeky. On a serious note, sometimes they can be trusted, sometimes they can't. As others have already mentioned, you just need to show a healthy amount to skepticism for all information you receive, even when said information agrees with you. It's difficult, but being intellectually honest will actually ensure that you have logical and legitimate reasons to hold your beliefs.
Posted 12/28/14
i only get my news from the onion
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Posted 12/28/14
There are some that are trustworthy, but at the same time there are some that are not. The purpose of the news is to keep us all in touch with what is really going on around the world, and there are some that just deliver stuff for the sake of making a publicity stunt.
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Posted 12/29/14
shouldn't news be gathered from multiple source? only after knowing the different versions, you can come close to 'truth'.
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Posted 12/31/14
You know what, Fox gets a lot of hate, but you have to give them credit, they didn't go on a tirade against gamers (gamergate/MSNBC) and anime (CNN) like the rest oi the media did, they hardly even reported on it, because they are to busy bashing liberals lol. I expected Liberal stations to be more understanding of sub-cultures like anime and gaming, but they were not.
Posted 12/31/14 , edited 12/31/14
They are all hypocrites. Yesterdays liberals are tomorrow's conservatives. I'm not certain how intolerant views are deemed liberal-friendly, maybe eco-culturally threatening (to them?) Who knows/cares. As for Fox News. Fair and balanced. Here's to the Iraq War, Yar har har. (I don't think their threat level ever goes below elevated 0.o paranoid, but anime safe. )

We all have to judge things as they happen for ourselves, I suppose, using all the resources we have available, including fox news.
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veritatis_cupitor wrote:

shouldn't news be gathered from multiple source? only after knowing the different versions, you can come close to 'truth'.


This. Coming from an American (US) perspective and being a former journalism major, CNN is for the most part pretty centrist, albeit politically leaning to the left. Compared to the other major cable sources like MSNBC and FOX, CNN can be a safe bet. But try expanding towards the basic sources like ABC/CBS/NBC (Meet the Press, 60 Minutes, etc), international sources like BBC, al Jazeera, printed publications like TIME, Newsweek, The Guardian, Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Christian Science Monitor. NPR and VICE News are also great, though some of the topics they cover tend to be under-reported or different perspective of well-known events. Obviously ratings are important and sensationalism can work both ways. So expand and especially with the digital postings check your sources and verify & be wary of the of so-called "alternative" news sites (tend to be on extreme ends of the political spectrum) since its obvious they are untrained in various aspects of the profession. If still unsure, FactCheck is always great to clarify and debunk political positions of American politicians.


-mockingbird wrote:

i only get my news from the onion


LOL. When all else fails the Onion is reliable as well.
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Posted 12/31/14
No news network is trustworthy when they speak about anything technological. They don't know anything about the internet or the community. Thus they end up saying ignorant things like manga is CP and video games cause murder. They don't know or understand the actual community that lives here on the internet(excluding 4chan). We may all be trash... but at least we aren't 4chan. Right!!! WHO'S WITH ME!!!!
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Posted 12/31/14 , edited 12/31/14
Just as Fox is far to the right CNN is far to the left which means if you want BS on you news then that is what you get. As a whole I find the reporting on CNN to be just plain sloppy.
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Posted 12/31/14 , edited 12/31/14

Hodhandr wrote:

Yes and no. Goes for all news networks.

To elaborate: some are more trustworthy than others, but all of them slip occasionally.
You should be critical of ALL information you get from ANY media(including science papers, if reading those are your thing). Think about where they got their information, whether or not any sources are relevant, if they have anything to gain on covering it, etc.

Oh, and confirmation bias is a bitch. Try to be as critical with things that goes against your beliefs/"knowledge" as the things that agree with you.


I agree. That's why I've stopped watching news regularly. I'm fed up with sensationalism, speculation, propaganda and dogma.

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BBC, RT, and Al Jazeera tend to be good imo
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