I always struggle with what sources I should be reading for news (particularly political news). I don’t want to read only sources that I agree with, but I also struggle finding news sources that aren’t sensationalist and put forward varied view points. Here are a few of the places I frequent (criticism of these sources or other recommendations are welcome.) I don’t think my political news sources are well varied so any recommendations there would be great as well.

  • hackernews
  • arstechnica
  • the economist
  • axios
  • MIT News
  • Wired

Reuters is much underrated as a news source. Smithsonian magazine is very good too.

@sia
11d

Maybe some of them are less reliable than others ;)

I primarily read New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Occasionally, I will read The Economist, but I see someone in this thread is heavily opposed to that. I try to expand my readings with other sources but I haven’t gotten hooked on any others yet.

I have a hard time believing I am being that misled by these sources as I don’t read any op-eds and seek more information from other sources for stories I read the most into.

@nutomic
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63d

Keeping it limited to English language news sites:

  • teleSUR News from Venezuela, gives a very different perspective and reports many news from the global south, which are simply ignored in western media.

  • Ruptly If there are protests anywhere in the world, they will have videos.

  • Global Times From China, which will be the biggest economy in a few years. So even if you dont agree with them, its good to know what they are doing, and why.

@lordofbud
01d

So even if you dont agree with them

I mean, they’re a state run media, it’s a deceptive propaganda machine that honest people should find themselves disagreeing with, they’re only useful for knowing what the CCP is doing, and maybe getting a glimpse at why, but usually, the “why” is a lie.

I’d trust them as much as I trust Fox News to give me the truth.

@nutomic
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21d

Sounds to me like you made up your opinion without reading a single article of theirs.

@lordofbud
11d

I made up my opinion after they pushed a narrative in the face of reality time and time again. Like the endless “articles” claiming their forced labor camps are a lie, and their utilization in pushing false calm to the world about covid in the early days.

They are a state run organization under the control of a totalitarian regime who only pretends to be communist, their “articles” reflect that. As I said, they’re only useful in seeing where the wind is blowing.

What are you thoughts on whistle blowing sites like WikiLeaks?

Also, SCMP?

@nutomic
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33d

What are you thoughts on whistle blowing sites like WikiLeaks?

Is it worth reading wikileaks directly? I see now that they have regular posts on their site, but I never read those before.

Also, SCMP?

I read it sometimes when it gets linked, but their political views are too pro-capitalist for me.

@ace
12d

this article made me wanna hurl.

@sia
21d

they almost make it sound like a bad thing. Good satire.

Halce
53d

My absolute favorites to follow are:

The Grayzone - it’s Max Blumenthal’s analysis.

Moon of Alabama - one guy’s perspectives on what to look out for

The Canary - for the UK perspective on its involvement in the world’s affairs.

Unlimited Hangout - a more analytical take on long-term established players.

MintPress News - more about the West’s influence in far-away regions.

And for technology:

Techdirt - Crazy legal proceedings, frivolous lawsuits… at times both sad, and very much hilarious.

@Nevar
33d

Nice recommendations, I hadn’t heard of some of these.

@Nevar
113d

The Economist is a Neoliberal rag. Might I suggest reading Le Monde Diplomatique English edition instead? www.mondediplo.com - It’s the same style as The Economist but it doesn’t promote Neoliberal policies or coup d’etats.

@ProfessorYakkington
creator
43d

thanks for the recommendation. I will give it a shot.

@Nevar
33d

I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the content.

I use literally hundreds of sources for my news. Whenever I come across a new news source, I always see what Media Bias Factcheck has to say about them, and base my decision to rely on them accordingly.

@nutomic
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73d

I would be quite sceptical of a site that lists US state media as “least biased”. And their definition of left/right are clearly in a US context as well (liberal vs conservative).

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/voice-of-america/

@ProfessorYakkington
creator
23d

Any alternative sources that you would recommend?

@nutomic
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13d
poVoq
13d

Use your own brain ;)

@sia
11d

how would my brain know who to trust? it even forgets what I wanted to do after I come back from taking a shit.

@ProfessorYakkington
creator
33d

I am…I am seeking out recommendations that might be outside of my current media bubble so that I can read more “broadly” and form my own opinions – which seems like using my brain to me :) The point of this thread is to hear what others find useful and what others are reading. Though, I take your point that you shouldn’t just blindly read what others read.

poVoq
13d

I was specifically referring to that above website that categorizes news sites in this rather simplified and potentially biased way. While the idea is not necessarily bad, it does seem a bit like outsourcing your brain to someone else ;)

@ProfessorYakkington
creator
118h

@poVoq@lemmy.ml I miss understood your original comment. Thanks for the clarification. I agree , you should think critically about everything you read. I do think there is utility in hearing suggestions from others and viewing aggregations of sources – as long as you come in with a healthy degree of skepticism and try not to be intellectually lazy.

@ProfessorYakkington
creator
23d

awesome, I’ve not seen this site before. Being able to filter by political spectrum is cool – I will definitely add some of these to my rss feed.

NPR certainly has a pro-US tilt in its reporting, but I still think that it’s one of the least sensationalist and biased outlets in the US. Plus the podcasts and local reporting pieces are usually pretty good.

Read as diverse a portfolio of news sources as possible and use your critical thinking. Also, read news that’s local to where something is happening: if you want news on China, read at least some articles from a Chinese news outlet, even if you have to use machine translation.

It’s not easy though, and personally I also struggle with this.

@Nevar
23d

You also may want to check out TASS, which is a newswire service and doesn’t provide value added “analysis” (read: propaganda). Euronews is also an aggregator for many European news sources.

It’s not daily news but The Grayzone is also pretty good.

For me I use bazqux reader and add all the RSS feeds of news sources, you’d be surprised at how many are the exact same headline all from the AP.

Isn’t TASS Russian state media?

@Nevar
12d

Yes, it’s the fourth largest news agency in the world behind AP, Reuters, and AFP.

poVoq
43d

As for traditional media news sources: a good idea is to look for ones not targeted at you specifically as you will be able to notice the propaganda parts more easily (or they are irrelevant to you)*. Usually that means looking for foreign news sources from relatively neutral places (Switzerland, Singapur, Japan etc.). English language versions of those have to be taken with a grain of salt again of course, but often they are just translations.

Reading news coverage of your own country from a foreign news outlet can be a real eye-opener on just how much the local media tries to shape mainstream opinion instead of just reporting on news.

*No one is immune to propaganda, and the best propaganda is the one that you don’t even notice.

@ProfessorYakkington
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13d

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Thanks, this suggestion seems very practical. I will give this a shot.

I use traditional mainstream news sources. I don’t subscribe to the ridiculous way of thinking with this “fake news” mindset that has swept social media. Yes journalists can have biases but that’s fine when taken into consideration. Quite frankly that mindset nothing but a way to polarize the population.

@Nevar
53d

Have you heard anything in the news about the 5 OPCW whistleblowers reporting that the US justification for bombing Syria 2 years ago was a false flag operation? Or that the US blocked OPCW testimony at the UN Security Council about the matter?

No, I don’t follow what’s going on in Syria.

Is this the part where I’m supposed to do my own research and then stumble upon extremist literature and then become woke.

@Nevar
23d

Lol no of course not. I just wanted to understand who you are and now I know. I don’t really care about ignorant americans they’re quickly becoming irrelevant.

I subscribe to a number of mainstream and not-so-mainstream news sources. You can usually triangulate where the truth lies with a variety of sources and knowledge of their biases and leanings. Of course, I’m a dirty commie.

ufra
24d

I try to stay away from the news pretty much as much as possible, but during the American election I wanted to see some varied opinions and included tildes.net which sometimes had some disagreeable right-leaning commentary as well as slashdot. Otherwise, I have a BBC rss feed that gives me a sense of what’s going on without actually reading the content. My more well-informed sister watches Bloomberg Global in the morning with breakfast.

Back in the day, I used to follow a bunch of old bond-traders on twitter who were skeptical as hell and gave a good follow the money view on current events. Also, on reddit I used to follow the military subs to get that perspective.

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