by Steve Buschbacher
Where do you get your news? If you say “Facebook”, stop reading. This is for someone who actually wants to know what’s going on.
That question can be answered in two ways. The first being the medium and the second which identifies the actual source in that medium.
As to the medium, I prefer to get my news from TV. The electronic media can react faster to breaking news and get the news to me quicker than anything except radio. TV has the advantage over radio in that TV can provide pictures. Perhaps it is because I am a baby boomer and I grew up with TV. Or perhaps it is my desire to know the facts now. I can get the background and analysis later.
I used to subscribe to TIME magazine. Every week, if I read nothing else in it, I always read the cover story. Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report are equally good sources. I just preferred Time. A magazine is great for details surrounding a story. The details have been collected by reporters and given to the reader in an easily digestible form. But for all the delicious details which can be revisited over and over again from the printed page, they will still be a few days later than the news from TV or radio.
Now as to the actual source. Ay, there’s the rub. Three of the major networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS) do a credible job. With the former Big Three, one can get a good helping of local news as well as a 30 minute slice of national news every day. I like local news. I like to always have a feel for what is going on in my town. Of course there is always weather and sports. I also like national and international news. Since January 20, 2017, I have been particularly interested in the daily misadventures of the Keystone Cops in the White House. And sometimes, 30 minutes is all I can take without wanting to throw a brick through the 4k TV I recently bought my wife as a birthday present. (I’ve never come close to doing it. I may get very mad but I’m NEVER very stupid)
For national news, I like CNN. Despite what some people say, I find them very impartial in most cases. Oh, I know that some people have thrown around the term “fake news” at CNN. This is mainly because CNN gives us actual facts instead of the whitewashed crap some people want us to hear and believe. Of course, some people at CNN have a point of view. And some of those people have license to let that show. But the simple airing of real facts in a story should not incur the wrath of anyone except those wishing to control what we see and hear. You know, like Soviet Russia used to do.
Fox? Well now, Fox News is the farthest from an impartial news source as one can get since Pravda. News stories are massaged and video footage is “adjusted” to correspond to the ultra-conservative point of view of management. What they laughingly refer to as the “news” is an exercise in jingoism designed to instill fear and anger in people. This is not what I need when the administration in Washington stumbles through life with the soft touch of a drunk wearing a blindfold. They will try and convince their viewers that they are only real source of truth. Just like a cult does. The first job of a cult is to convince its members that everyone else is lying to them.
One of my favorite things to ask when discussing news with those of an opposing point of view is to ask them to prove a statement of “facts”. If the proof is in the form of something from Fox News, the discussion is over. That is like asking dietary advice from a pastry chef. “But what about other sources?”, I ask. “They’re all fake news.”, I’m told. (please refer to the last paragraph about cultism)
Think about it this way … you come home at the end of a busy day and you want to know what’s going on in the world. Is the President indicted yet? Did he push us closer to nuclear annihilation with his play ground mentality? Where do you go to find out? What is your first choice?
Let me amend my statement in the first paragraph. If you say “Facebook”, stop reading. If you say “Twitter”, you are beyond help.