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Old Jul 10th 2012, 4:41 pm
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Default Recommendations for good (and balanced) US news organisations?

I am due in the US later this year and would like to be able to keep up with what is going on in the world. In the UK, I read the Times, Telegraph and Guardian (the mostly accurate and balanced news part, not the politically leaning comments) and would like to maintain this breadth of world news coverage, but from a US perspective (in the DC metro area).

Are there any recommendations on US news organisations that would provide a similar level of politically neutral reporting and a more worldly perspective? The Times, but in a US based format (paper or tablet), would be perfect to enjoy with my breakfast.

Thanks

P.S. I realise that there is a danger of this thread being turned into a detailed discussion about how politically neutral the news agencies actually are. Please can contributors keep it on subject, thanks again.
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Originally Posted by anro15 View Post
I am due in the US later this year and would like to be able to keep up with what is going on in the world. In the UK, I read the Times, Telegraph and Guardian (the mostly accurate and balanced news part, not the politically leaning comments) and would like to maintain this breadth of world news coverage, but from a US perspective (in the DC metro area).

Are there any recommendations on US news organisations that would provide a similar level of politically neutral reporting and a more worldly perspective? The Times, but in a US based format (paper or tablet), would be perfect to enjoy with my breakfast.

Thanks

P.S. I realise that there is a danger of this thread being turned into a detailed discussion about how politically neutral the news agencies actually are. Please can contributors keep it on subject, thanks again.


More seriously though, most are skewed. Have you looked at the NY Times? How skewed is a question of interpretation though so it's quite hard to provide a balanced opinion on.
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It depends how you define balanced/politically neutral. Unfortunately here it usually means "agrees with your own preconceived notions of the truth".

The other difficulty is actually getting any decent quality journalism.

For newspaper I would say NY Times is your best bet. Generally good quality writing, good website, obviously it is considered part of the liberal agenda.

NPR, PBS, BBC News.

Avoid local papers published by Gannett.
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Originally Posted by anro15 View Post
I am due in the US later this year and would like to be able to keep up with what is going on in the world. In the UK, I read the Times, Telegraph and Guardian (the mostly accurate and balanced news part, not the politically leaning comments) and would like to maintain this breadth of world news coverage, but from a US perspective (in the DC metro area).

Are there any recommendations on US news organisations that would provide a similar level of politically neutral reporting and a more worldly perspective? The Times, but in a US based format (paper or tablet), would be perfect to enjoy with my breakfast.

Thanks

P.S. I realise that there is a danger of this thread being turned into a detailed discussion about how politically neutral the news agencies actually are. Please can contributors keep it on subject, thanks again.
I'd keep reading the Telegraph online...

National Enquirer is popular round here
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BBC World News.
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Washington Post (left-wing) and Washington Times (right-wing).
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I'd stick with BBC News...but http://www.aljazeera.com/ Al Jazeera, surprisingly good for political stuff.

You can always use Calibre to scrape the news via the sites RSS feeds and create a news paper feel for your kindle and get it emailed to you when you want.
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comedy central - The Daily Show and Colbert Report. You can get all you need to know from them.
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comedy central - The Daily Show and Colbert Report. You can get all you need to know from them.
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Isn't Fox, "fair and balanced"?
They wouldn't be allowed to say it, if it wasn't true.

NY Times, NPR are the real answers. And the two Comedy Channel shows.
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Guardian, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Colbert and Bill Maher.

Local news is worse than 'Channel 9' on The Fast Show.
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
Guardian, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Colbert and Bill Maher.

Local news is worse than 'Channel 9' on The Fast Show.
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Originally Posted by Sally Redux View Post
Guardian, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Colbert and Bill Maher.

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a point to anro15; we are not joking when we say that the two comedy central shows have more news in their 22 minutes than the 24 hour rolling cable news channels.
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Originally Posted by kimilseung View Post
a point to anro15; we are not joking when we say that the two comedy central shows have more news in their 22 minutes than the 24 hour rolling cable news channels.
If you're lucky enough to have HBO (or actually if you care to do a YouTube search), throw in a bit of Bill Maher for good measure ...
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