I try to be choosy about my news as well as reading widely. I make it a habit to routinely consult sources outside the US, know the ethics of the outlets I most rely on, and try to mix up the types of media ownership and format (newspaper, TV, podcast, website, radio, etc.) to avoid a monolithic class or other point of view on any particular subject or issue. Some of the media sources I trust for valuable perspectives are in the table below.
Other habits: trying to corroborate stories amongst multiple publications; evaluate the credibility of authors and references; read source material; do my own calculations; consult public data when available; go back further into history to understand the trajectory of preceding events; keep listening for new information on the subject. Adjust my views based on new incoming information, if warranted. Keep an eye out for disinformation or other skewed presentations of fact.
Good journalism matters
Having worked in media for most of my career, I have a lot of practice evaluating the quality and veracity of reporting. Cross-referencing comes second nature. I’ve studied the media industry as a professional imperative and understand a bit about its ownership structures and its history, both technical and economic. As a political philosophy buff, I’m aware of the great importance of a free press to our democratic republic.
I appreciate a tight headline, a profound topic, and bold investigation as well as imaginative prose and pithy information. We need the intrepid courage of the press, particularly in these times of demagoguery, kleptocracy, hucksterism, and Zucksterism. The fourth estate has helped us find our better angels in the past, and there’s no reason to think it can’t assist us once again to get better transparency into the bigger picture and big histories behind today’s otherwise chaotic and overwhelming political landscape.
|The New York Times||US||Private||1851||171||https://www.nytimes.com/|
|The Daily Telegraph||UK||Private||1855||167||https://www.telegraph.co.uk/|
|The Washington Post||US||Private||1877||145||https://www.washingtonpost.com/|
|The New Republic||US||Private||1914||108||https://newrepublic.com/|
|The New Yorker||US||Private||1925||97||https://www.newyorker.com/|
|Radio Free Europe||EU||Public||1949||73||https://www.rferl.org/|
|International Consortium of Investigative Journalists||US||Nonprofit||1997||25||https://icij.org|