Non-debating member when I can help myself
I don't watch much news on TV, but I admit I like to watch Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, even though she has cut down to only one day a week. That's fine with me, I don't want to overload myself with cable TV "news". What cable TV news provides is more opinion than news. I never watch the Fox Cable Network. I wouldn't be able to stomach Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham in prime time from what I have heard. They are now at the center of a scandal where they knowingly lied about the last presidential election. I also like to watch on TV Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN because of the world perspective he provides.Do you know what "the other side" thinks, or do you believe they think what your "side" says they think? How could you find out what they think? Well, I suppose you could watch their channels, and read their press.
But it very often seems to me that people, having once decided where they stand politically, restrict all of their information gathering to sources that tell them what they've already decided on. No true "liberal" would watch Fox News, would they? (I do.) No true "conservative" could stand more than 11 seconds of CNN. (I'm a liberal, and I admit I find it hard, too, but I listen anyway.)
I read 3 newspapers in my home town -- two of them consistently conservative, one consistently liberal. There's another, but it's so rabidly left-wing that I don't read it, in fact.
So, how about you? Do you really know what "they" think -- before you decide that "they" are wrong?
I get most of my news online. The most neutral place perhaps is AP, though I do dip into CNN. I also watch Al Jazeera for world news, though I realize it has it's limitations. After all it is funded by Qatar. It played up the World Cup for all its worth, of course because the World Cup was played in Qatar. It also said nothing about the scandals surrounding that event. I got that information from CNN. I'm sure also that Middle East stories are biased. I need to look at other places to get a more balanced view on that. I haven't done enough of that I don't think.
But I also don't want to turn into a news junkie. As a result, I have some unbalance in my sources.