||[Jan. 30th, 2005|02:49 pm]
Smart Bored and Horny!!!!
I've been watching the news pretty much all day today. It's a shame people don't watch Sunday news. That's probably the most important type of news (and no, I'm not talking about all those "human interest" stories.) I'm talking about the interviews with senators and secretaries, and panels that discuss opposing views on a subject.
Sunday is about the only time of the week the major news networks are unbiased, and then only because there is a panel of analysts and (some of) those being attacked actually get to defend themselves. But "bias" is important to news; it is not only inherent to being human, it adds emphasis and humanity, as well as perspective, to stories. To quote Marguerite Durasls (as quoted in Give Me a Break, by John Stossel) "Journalism without a moral position is impossible." And of course, this doesn't mean that a reporter can't be less biased.
There are some exceptions to this commonly one-sided news, though, which add other perspectives that are vital to understanding. I highly suggest you check out John Stossel's site, and his segments on 20/20 Friday. He leaves no holy cows and attacks "Myths, Lies, and Nasty Behavior" (this link leads to what his latest commentary, from Jan. 28) He even gives more information and opposing views.
This is another great show you should be watching. The NewsHour provides some of the most unbiased news on any network. Every weeknight they have an overview of the days events and then have in-depth segments on certain stories. They also have two panelists who regularly comment on these segments, each with opposing views.
PBS, in general, is a network that too few Americans watch. It's a wonderful resource that just goes unused. They even have BBC World (which, I admit, I rarely watch) that gives you a somewhat foreign perspective of the news. It also had many other educational and informative programs Americans are too stupid to bother watching.
Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered
First off, I am a moderate conservative. A diehard moderate, and I remain unapologetic for who I am. I believe in working across the aisle and all that great stuff. I think McCain should be president. I have a certain contempt for crazies on both ends of the spectrum: fundamentalists/reactionaries and radicals I support the war in Iraq, but I realize all of our shortcomings.
HOWEVER, I'm not trying to debate right now (although, if it comes to that, please be civil), only to rant about how informed the nation should be. I realize Tucker Carlson is a little conservative, but I believe his view is just as important as everyone else's. It's a shame we don't have a larger moderate voice in the news, but I feel he somewhat represents moderate convervatives.
Tucker Carlson offers an alternative view of the news which is uncommon nowadays. In this commentary, he speaks out against censorship, at a college, because the president's obsrevations weren't generally accepted. As I emphasized by linking to this article above, all reporters can still report with less bias.
The Big Networks
The Big Networks are pretty much horrible. Per nightly news, CBS and ABC are definetly biased to the left. NBC seems to be the least biased out of the three. It also seems to have the best cable news: MSNBC. As for Clinton News Network (CNN) and FOX "We Love Bush" News, forget it! As a matter of principle, I rarely watch those, or switch back and forth between them.
However, in their defense, they are getting better! Colmes of Hannity & Colmes on FOX News provides a more liberal perspective and I recently read that CNN has been attempting to hire more conservative reporters. Sure, they may be "token reporters," but it's better than nothing!
So to sum up, get out there and get informed. I really don't mind debating, I actually enjoy it thoroughly. What does annoy the heck out of me is people who are uninformed. If you don't know what you're talking about, please, just don't.
If you don't know the issues and don't care to learn, please, just don't vote; voting without a firm understanding of the issues is doing your country a great disservice. It's important to vote, I think everyone should, but not if they don't understand the different perspectives involved, and unfortunately, I really don't think most people do.