Where do you receive your news and why?

I have become interested in finding out where different people get their news from. It’s obvious that every news source is biased, therefore people pick something that most closely reflects their own, so I am curious as to where people get the news that they use when forming their opinions on the world.

My personal favorites are:

Asia Times: www.atimes.com

This is my single favorite source of information. I read much of the articles on this site. It’s a good source for news of all of Asia, and it’s probably just about the least partial view of America you can possibly get. They view America in terms of realpolitik most of the time, which I think is the kind of view I like to see. Not only that but they will have articles with conflicting viewpoints back to back, which I think is rare in any publication. It also addresses foreign policy issues almost exclusively, and it gives me insight into countries I would never otherwise read about like Malaysia, or Myanmar. Run out of Hong Kong.

Foreign Affairs: www.foreignaffairs.com

This one requires a subscription, something which I don’t have, but I find the fact that all of it’s articles are written by the people actually doing the work in the field that they are writing about, that it’s a great source. I’m unsure of the country of origin.

The Economist: www.economist.co.uk

Also requires a subscription but I receive back issues from Maeglin, therefore I am able to read it. Run out of the UK.

CNN: www.cnn.com

The bias is so thick that reading past the headlines is a pointless endeavor. But it’s great for headlines. Run out of the US.

Worldnews: www.worldnews.com

Great for headlines, but the articles aren’t very in depth. The bias seems to be not terrible in any particular direction as it’s more of a portal than an actual news site. Run out of the UAE.

BBC: news.bbc.co.uk

Pretty biased, not as biased as CNN, another great headline source, and a good place to get a simplistic view of an issue. Their bias reflects more in what they choose to report, than in their actual reporting style, and I’ve found that when they are biased within their reporting it’s fairly blatant, so that is an advantage. Run out of the UK

The Moscow Times: www.themoscowtimes.com

Great for news about Russia, and another source for alternative viewpoints about foreign policy. Run out of Russia.


I use slashdot.org and Google News for the most part.

Among other weblogs which I can rely on for the interesting slice of current events.

I read Métro, the free metro newspaper, and listen to World Report on CBC Radio most mornings, so I can get a quick overview of what’s going on. If it’s interesting, I’ll search the web for more information on a particular topic.

I use slashdot too, just to find out about creepy new technology. For more mundane tech, I check out CNet.


Almost every day I check:
Mainstream (ok, it is for ME.)
The Register
Cryptome -Security and freedom news, not for the faint-of-heart
USS Clueless Weblog (right of center)
A Simple net traffic graph

I stay away from sites that are loaded with ads or lockup my ancient, yet javascript-free browser like cnn.com or atimes.com.

And lately,Right Here, The finest, fastest news and commentary around.

Removed link - see comments below. Coldfire

I read the paper version of the Seattle P.I. front to back (except the classifieds) every morning.

Petcat, do NOT post links to porn sites on the SDMB. Consider this your only warning.

With XM in my truck and an hour long commute I do OK.

Everyday I check out:

washingtonpost.com (I’m a local and they’ve got the best sources for any politico on the planet)
espn.com for baseball news
BBC Worldservice on XM
NPR News, Morning Edition, and Marketplace on the local public radio

I occasionally hit cnn.com but the writing is so terrible I can’t stand it.

Just to add… apart from the usual news service websites that people have mentioned… the SDMB itself has been an excellent news source for me… many times being the first place that I hear of big news stories/events.

Well, I work around a television newsroom - so, I get my news from a vast array of sources most of the time.

My own personal favorites tend to be just the plain old local newspaper, in my case, The Oregonian - especially good with a cup of coffee in the morning, and so useful for wrapping fish.

Otherwise, I look at the Washington Post, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, MSNBC.com, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, a whole slew of industry trade mags and sites as well as listening to NPR.

I try to get a balanced diet of left, right and in between, but I’m still a left-wing gay liberal hippie-freakazoid regardless.

You mean other than gathering around the water cooler?

Here are my favorite news links:

There are others, but those are my top three.

Public radio for me. On my way to and from work I listen to it, and often have it on in the kitchen when I’m cooking.

One of the things I really like about our local station is that it has The Great Lakes Radio Consortium, which is a mere ten minutes a day but is totally devoted to the environment (usually just one story covered in that ten minutes). I just can’t get environmental news like that anywhere else–really interesting and quite varied, too.

But yeah, NPR and PRI generally fulfill my need for liberal-biased news. Heh.

I generally get my news by quickly scanning the front page headlines of whatever newspapers, in boxes, I pass by on the days when I’m out and about. Seriously. Why? I figure only the really big stuff (which would be on the front page anyhow), may be worth knowing.

Saves me a lot of time and neuroses. And quarters.

This is a pretty good site