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Thu, Nov 10, 2016 - 09:56 AM

What are some good unbiased sources for news?

In regards to "political polarization" you mention getting "news from unbiased sources." Could you provide some of the sources you have found? I am finding this quite challenging, regardless of the media.


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PrintThu, Nov 10, 2016 - 11:18 AM
Admittedly, I was simplifying that challenge in order not to get too off topic. Most news sources comprise numerous contributors, which are people who have biases. Realistically, the best we can do is find sources that have good reputations for fairness in reporting. I like the associated press (ap.com) because it contains just the facts—no commentary, which is where bias is usually found. I am also a big fan of NPR and find they appear to be as politically neutral as can be.

Another technique is to get your news from multiple sources and purposely include a liberal source (MSNBC) and conservative source (FOXNews). When you find stories that only one source runs, check the facts using your other news sources.

And make sure that if you use social media, you are friends with people that make up an array of political views.

So far, this is all been for non-scientific news. If the news pertains to scientific facts or claims, check https://www.scientificamerican.com, http://scholar.google.com, or see this page for 100 more: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/01/100-best-reference-sites-for-science-students/ .
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Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:23:21 AM
@Bo Bennett, PhD: Thank you for the suggestions. I am finding C-Span and AP News valuable. Reuters, the BBC, and NPR were already on my list. Watching news shows such as FOX, CNN and MSNBC are taxing, as they seem to focus more on sensationalizing stories (repeatedly) as well as focusing more their commentators personalities. 15 minutes of each, per day, will usually give me the general content to be expected. I do try to catch PBS news when I can.

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