Media - which type do you find most reliable?

Discussion in 'Hippies' started by user__friendly, May 27, 2004.

  1. Hey Everyone :)

    I am soon to be working on a project in English. What we need to do is get the opinions of others about the media. We all know the media can be untrustworthy, but for each of you personally, which type of media do you find most reliable? Also, why do you find it more reliable than the others?

    I thought this raised an interesting question, and if anyone could state their opinion, I'd appreciate it very much! Thank you!
  2. beachbum7

    beachbum7 Lookin' for any fun

    Which media do I find most reliable? That's a difficult question for me to answer, but recently, I've reading news from independent news organizations on the 'net. I often view the news (and many events in politics) with a grain of salt, but often the independent news sites will mention things not covered by the mainstream media. Right now, I get all of my news from the Internet, and I usually go to,, and AlterNet[/url][/url] for my news.
  3. Sage-Phoenix

    Sage-Phoenix Imagine

    My news is mainly from newspapers (just a personal prefference to paper) and you need faith in the accuracy of the press.
    Broadsheets seem more reliable, particually those with no political affilation/bias (like The Independant). The tabloids are more sensationalist and have noticable political bias. (My parents get the Daily mail and that is unbelievably pro Conservative.)
    I read about six diffrent papers (one my parents get, the other from the college libary). Taken individually all the papers are as un/tustworthy as each other, but going with the general consensus seems reliable.


  4. jerry420

    jerry420 Doctor of everything Lifetime Supporter

    i dont really care for the news,
    most of the mainstream news channels and papers are in the pocket of the right wing. i think the best news comes from
  5. Dakota's Mom

    Dakota's Mom Senior Member

    I don't think you can trust any of them. You sort of have to sift through all of it and find common threads. Then decide for yourself what sounds true and what doesn't. I think independent radio can be better than any of the mainstream.

  6. carnelian

    carnelian Member

    i think newspapers are pretty reliable. but you musn't forget that the opinions in the papers are influenced by the papers political opinions. there are very few socialistic newspapers. at least it is in sweden.
  7. bonnaroo03

    bonnaroo03 Member

    i'd say NPR. i also like yahoo's new section
  8. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Lifetime Supporter

    I've worked for a large conservative daily paper, and the Ninth Floor (editorial writers) NEVER influenced the Eighth Floor (the real writers). I was NEVER told to change anything, including anti-death penalty stories in Oklahoma.
    Now I work for a small, owner-run weekly, for another week, and the only pressure I have ever had was, "hey, we have a new advertiser. Let's do a new biz story." Externally, I've had pressure and I chose to be library and animal shelter/sanctuary friendly, and I chose to write the majority of the arts related stories.
    Now, what I observe on TV, and remember, I read the Associated Press wire every night, is that time limits what can be used (visuals or read a report?) and advertisers have an undue amount of influence on NATIONAL media (your locals may vary).
    Listening to BBC Radio news, I hear reporters asking leading questions that show personal/editorial bias, most particularly when interviewing Asians or Africans. On the other hand, reporters like Kate Adie helped me make the decision to go into reporting (Her reports from Tiananmen Square in 89 chilled me)
    NPR is a moderate but unusual news source. Its people want the story that isn't on the front page of every paper, and I respect that. I try to emulate that in my work.
    Most trusted news source? I trust the wires. I trust indie reporters who keep their own bias out of the text (our bias may show in what we choose to cover)
    I trust REAL video feeds. Watch where the shadows fall and the behavior of people around the filming? Is it too perfect? Hmmmmm...
    "This is Democracy" is the sort of video I trust.
    "Cops" isn't.
    Sadly, the major American news networks tend to the pack mentality.
  9. Vae Victus

    Vae Victus Member

    Independent news on the internet, like the others said. Specifically from communist or anarchist groups, because they actually study things that matter.
  10. Ocean Byrd

    Ocean Byrd Artificial Energy

    Dakota's Mom said what I would have.
  11. Real American

    Real American Banned

    I watch a lot of different news channels. I read the Houston Chronicle and the New York Times. What I realy think is funny is that the media realy is split in 3 groups. Left, Right, and Independant. Personaly, I watch several news broadcasts, then listen to kprc talk radio. 99% of the time they nail it on the head to include both left and right's side of the story, and then let you decide for yourself. Plus, it is quite entertaining to here some of the morons that call in on the shows. Man some of the things they say.
  12. DiscoDawn

    DiscoDawn Members

  13. Silverstar

    Silverstar Member

    I think there are no such things as reliable media. Selections are always made not only because newspapers/tv/... manipulate the audience but also because not everything can be said (to macabre, to long,...). I usually read newspapers (not the tabloids of course!) and I believe the best thing you can do is to read inland AND foreign papers (the same with tv). It's rather expensive to buy 3 or 4 papers a day, but in return you know what's going on in the world without "American/Russian/German/... glasses on". :)
  14. cerridwen

    cerridwen in stitches

    I don't think one is any more relaiable than the other... :p sorry for the lack of help... but good luck on that project...
  15. TheMadcapSyd

    TheMadcapSyd Titanic's captain, yo!

    I trust the BBC the most.
  16. M0sEs

    M0sEs Member

    I stand along with NPR

    for one, i dont enjoy the TV anything ... an occassional movie or funny show

    for another, i dont get a paper

    I enjoy the radio ... my speakers either boom my music or tune into 89.7 WNKU Greater Cincinnati, a great station ... especially Saturday night nine to midnight (Golden Road followed by Dead Hour)
  17. element7

    element7 Random fool

    hey drumminmamma, I used to work for a small indy paper that covered three counties. The editor was cool so had no problems there. The biggest problem we had came from threats from the community or people we'd divulged information on. One night,, heard somebody shuffling around through a window, me and the editor go out there and find two cans of diesel fuel and heard somebody running off. Got threatened so many times with bodily harm, bs charges from city/county officials, phone calls to my house, etc... This was a grand time till the owner got slapped with divorce papers and liquidated us.

    It's good to hear from a reporter with some integrity. I'd have to agree too that looking into what comes off the wire from independent reporters and checking out internet sources, contrasting articles for inconsistencies, and not relying on just one source all come into play for anyone who wants some real news these days.
  18. hippy_holly

    hippy_holly Member

    Anyhting that goes for longer than a 3 minute news story... do documentries count?
  19. soulrebel51

    soulrebel51 i's a folkie.

    I watch FSTV sometimes, but now only for 'Democracy Now!'. The only place I trust for news is Indymedia, cuz they aren't funded or owned by any big corporations that would influence their reporting and journalism, like FOX or CNN or one of those channels.

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