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Old 03-20-2003, 06:58 PM   #1
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The newsmedia in this war...

Ok, question for whomever would like to respond. I have noticed that many posters here and elsewhere feel that the US news media is giving a one sided view of the war and that they are not to be trusted.

So, my questions are, What media outlets do you trust?

Where do you go for news?

If, in fact, the media is not telling the whole story (which may be the case) who can we trust to tell us the whole story?

I am on the fence on this issue, i have some trust in the media but realize that many things they report may in fact be one sided or innaccurate.

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Old 03-20-2003, 07:02 PM   #2
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From US media sources, I read only The New York Times. I cannot stomach FoxNews, or CNN, and have very little patience for the NBC/ABC/CBS trio.

Checking out FAIR is pretty good.

I read The Guardian (UK) and The Globe and Mail (Canada).

As for TV, I'll watch the BBC and the CBC, their reporting is strikingly different than any mainstream American network. A totally different picture presented, totally different focus, much more honest, IMO.
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this is from another thread. basically everything that is read should reasonably taken with some scepticism.

during war time journalism can become a very difficult and easily falsified task. governments occupy control of information pertinent to the war. this is done for various reasons: safety of journalists, security of military information and pure economics-this is cheap information for the networks and there are plenty of viewers.

right now for instance cnn is quite proud to state how many 'embeds' it has. these are reporters who are 'embedded' within a military section and given exclusive access to their actions. im sure the other us networks also have them, but have not seen any.

the media use this information out of neccessity-it is, in most cases, the only resource available regarding issues of grave importance to the nation.

while this is a great resource put forth by a government during war time, we must also remember the powers of control which governments therefore come to occupy.

we will see statements like the one you posted tiny dancer, which i'm guessing you retrieved from some sort of western media resource. we will also see reports from iraqi media about how many civilians have been killed.

both of these are, like all reports at this time, to be taken with a great deal of scepticism. whether its al jazeera, iraqi tv, cnn or ap.

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having said that, cnn seems to be at the forefront with information but do tend to do a fair amount of flag waving as any american outlet is likely to do at this time.
i am reading mostly papers-washington post, new york times, national post. the guardian is always a favorite. i have found the economist to be excellent also.
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CNN and ABC news. It's not that news media is not to be trusred just keep an open mind and sift throught the data and b elieve the facts not the opions.
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CNN and ABC news. It's not that news media is not to be trusred just keep an open mind and sift throught the data and b elieve the facts not the opions.
thats the point. at a time like this, even 'facts' can become suspect.
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Re: The newsmedia in this war...

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What media outlets do you trust?
Excellent questions and a question much different from "What media outlets are trustworthy?"

I tend to look at multiple news outlets, including BBC, CNN, IHT, MSNBC, New York Times & Washington Post

I find that viewing multiple sources for news helps filter out the agenda/editorial & the commercial elements.




Of course, if you really want to know what is happening in the world, read The Drudge Report
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thats the point. at a time like this, even 'facts' can become suspect.
Not only that, but major American media outlets are very selective about what facts they report.
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All media outlets are selective about what facts they report. Its the nature of the beast.
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Some more so than others, however.
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I'm finding WorldlinkTV a good source. While they lean towards the left they show actual news reports from a variety of sources, including Europe and a lot of middle eastern news reports from different countries.
Cspan is great also. This morning they had Canadian Broadasting Co. Just a different perspective.
Balance that against CNN. I quit watching ABC all together a few weeks ago when they were already in War mode.
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FOX FOX FOX!!!!!!!!!! NEWS!



"where people get their news, in an mtv-kick-ass sorta way!"
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Old 03-20-2003, 09:06 PM   #12
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I watch either CNN or BBC for my news, but I hate the fact that we can see LIVE FOOTAGE of the war, I think that's wrong bc I dont want to see people killing other people bc we already have enough of it in our regular lives.
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i am sticking w/ the bbc coverage.
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Some more so than others, however.
I guess it depends on which facts you want reported.
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