A Few Great Sources for Unbiased News
This is the era of fake news and everyone needs to be aware of it. Everyone needs to know where and how to find the best sources for unbiased news and how to spot fake news. Networks and news platforms can only do so much, the rest is up to us. I am going to cover finding unbiased news in this tutorial and will cover how to spot fake news another time.
Note that the title reads ‘How to find the best sources for unbiased news’ not ‘Where to find the best sources for unbiased news’. I talk you through how to identify news sources, how to assess whether a source is trustworthy or not and how you can evaluate for yourself what you are being told.
Why reliable news is so vital
The US is going through tough times right now. Regardless of who you might blame for our troubles, we have brought it upon ourselves and it is now up to us to remain informed and to make informed decisions about our future. Opinions have got us into a lot of trouble. Opinions on immigration, trade, employment, governments, leaders, international relations and a whole lot more. Fake news and biased news networks are just two of the many reasons we find ourselves where we are.
There is nothing wrong with opinions. Nothing at all. As long as those opinions are based on reason and on facts. If they are based on what other people tell you or what a particular news network tells you then they are not truly representative of the world around you. It is then that opinions become dangerous.
I’ll give you an example of what I mean. During the election, I was talking to a buddy about the who he was going to vote for. He said Trump and proceeded to load up Facebook and show me a meme of Hillary Clinton and the caption ‘Wants to keep track of your guns. Can’t even keep track of her husband’s d*ck.’ He then showed me another ‘Hillary for Prez because a heartless sociopath would be a nice change of pace.’
These were helping form opinions of people across the country. People who don’t take them as the propaganda or humor they are but instead treating them as news. That is one reason we find ourselves where we are.
Sources of unbiased news
The first thing we need to tackle is bias. There is no such thing as unbiased news. The journalist has a bias and the network has a bias. It is impossible to find any human created content without some form of bias. The actual goal is to find the most reliable source for news or the least biased.
To find reliable news:
- Use your favorite news outlets but never rely on them alone.
- Identify whether the piece you’re reading or watching is opinion, general information, argument or persuasion piece and act accordingly.
- Compare that news to other pieces from other outlets.
- Compare it to news outlets from other nations.
- Never trust user generated content without verification or checking elsewhere.
- Don’t get your news from social networks. Ever.
Everyone needs to know to never depend on a single source for their news. The entire fake news on Facebook issue could have been avoided and was avoided by many who don’t depend on Facebook alone for their news. Journalists, academics and active readers all know to check their sources and to use multiple news sources. They then have the information with which to formulate their own opinion.
Never depend on a single source. Check sources of any headline or any feature that captures your attention and always look at other outlets and compare the same story.
Finally, trust cannot be measured. There are going to be sources mentioned here that you don’t trust and some you trust that won’t be mentioned here. That’s fine. As long as you follow and understand the above about comparing sources and never depending on a single source you should be fine.
Some reliable news outlets you might want to try
There are lots of reliable news outlets to use if you want them. Here are just a few.
- The Real News Network (TRNN)
- Associated Press News
- The BBC
- Wall Street Journal
- The New York Times
Those are just some of the many reliable news outlets that are widely credited with being some of the most accurate and unbiased out there. Use them as you see fit but remember to compare stories with other sources regardless of how reliable you consider them to be!
News bias is a huge subject and one I could write for days or even weeks on. However, to keep this digestible, I will end it here. Hopefully now you will know why and how to find unbiased news and make your own, informed decisions about your future. I really hope it helps!