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EdWonk

I rely less on traditional newspapers and more on electronic MSM sources such as CNN, FOX News, NPR and e-versions of newspapers. We still take the local newspaper, as here in Timbuk 3, California, there is no alternative.

aschoolyardblogger

I have found great news at http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/lgf-news.php

Gordon

Alwyays gets me a little worried when I hear about someone swearing off newspapers.

You says it's because of "bias and spin and poor reporting." Let's consider those one by one.

Reporting: The thing you need to remember is that most blogs simply don't report. Period. For the most part, they link to stories reports by the press and then comment on them. That's not reporting; that's sitting at your computer and typing opinions. Do some bloggers write about what they're experiencing at work or in the war? Sure, but that's not reporting. That's writing a journal. Reporting is the process of going out and gathering information, and then double-checking that information before it appears in print or on TV. Major newspapers like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have entire research departments devoted to this task. Does the press sometimes get it wrong? Yes. But there's a process in place for trying to get it right the first time--and it works the vast majority of the time.

Bias: Newspaper bias should be kept to the op-ed pages. That's the way it usually works. Blogs, on the other hand, are generally built around a specific bias or point of view. When they comment on events, they do so in a way that supports their point of view.

Spin: This is something publicists do, not media outlets. They spin stories and events in favorable way, and it's up to the press to cut through the BS. With the Bush administration it's been hard to do that.

Blogs are entertaining, but they are not a subsitute for reported news.

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