SOUND OFF: Where Do You Get Your News?

Edward R. Murrow. Look him up. He would be pretty torqued at how things are going lately.

The internet? TV news? Facebook? or are you still one of those folks who sits back with a newspaper in the evening? I’m sure there are some of you out there.

Today there are more places to get information, but how many of them actually give you news? The landscape has changed so much in just a generation that it’s hard to know where to look for actual facts. When it comes to national news, it’s hard to find a place that gives you the facts without slanting them to fit a specific viewpoint. A lot of issues are hard to understand and are really dependent on where you choose to value certain things or certain people. And to be honest, as the above-pictured Mr. Murrow said more than half a century ago, when you confuse news reporting with getting ratings, the facts are always going to suffer.

The internet certainly doesn’t fare any better. There is so much hogwash out there promoted by partisan web sites, and it’s only made worse by well-meaning Facebook sharers, at least in my opinion. I’ve actually found twitter feeds operated by police and fire to be pretty informative, but I’m still searching for a really good source for news in my local area, in town stuff that TV doesn’t cover. That used to be the newspaper but that’s no longer the case.

I’m saddened to say that there is so much information surrounding us that the facts rarely seem to come into play. They’re there if you look hard enough, but it generally takes poring over a dozen websites each claiming to be unbiased before you begin to get an understanding of what’s going on. And then, of course, you may not agree with what people are saying. That’s your right.

So, Solid Signal faithful… sound off! Where do you get information about the events of the day? Don’t be shy, I won’t judge.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.