Dyed All Hues

Thinker and Experimenter,

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Where can one find unbiased news or information?

Most news or informations is biased.

Do you know any good sources of news and information that is less biased or not biased?

Also, if possible, if the news or information wasn't gossip or pop culture.

Not really looking for a specific field of information, but a variety of information and news all on a single source.

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    Lejan .

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    Aug 16 2012: In my opinion all news are biased, intentionally or unintentionally and even the absorption is biased as well.

    Therefore you better go for quantity, a broad input collected at different sources. Radio, TV, Newspaper, Internet, etc.
    Also go abroad and try to jump over language barriers! This is especially helpful on issues related to your own country, yet be aware of the relation this foreign country has to yours, as this also 'colours' its message. The best would be nations somewhere in the middle - not the best friends and not the worst enemies.

    From all of this information you gathered, a pattern may emerge , depending on your own interpretation and tendencies, yet probably the best of unbiased information you can possibly get.

    Good luck!
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      Aug 17 2012: DWTV even do an English version so we can get a German perspective of ourselves.
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        Aug 17 2012: I am glad you can - I didn't even know about DWTV, just radio only - but have in mind that Germany stil is Pro-US minded, which is quite obvious even in our native language. The same would be Poland and the UK. Maybe the French are a bit different, yet this seems to be mutual... :o)
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      Aug 17 2012: I never thought of it like that before Lejan. You have given me a new "tool" to use. Thanks! =)
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    Aug 16 2012: If I had to pick an American network it would be PBS but for variety you could try the english language bulletin from DWTV or live streaming from Euronews or Al Jazeera. I think you learn about domestic issues by watching foreign coverage.
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      Aug 16 2012: I like Al Jazeera, and will check out Euronews. =)
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    Aug 15 2012: Derek, You have made the first step in acknowledging that all media is slanted. I cannot give you a exact answer but here is what I do.

    I watch news from the major networks (FOX on one side all the rest on the other), BBC, and the China news station. Do not discount the comedy shows that present it in another form like Cobert and Stewart. The late night hosts always have a political comment in their opening dialog. Put all of these in a bag and shake them up and then do your own research to see if any hit the mark. I have found that all of them have a truth at the beginning and from there spread out to their opinion.

    You are on the path to shed the sheeple mind set that has engulfed the nation. There are none among them that are free of sin.

    All the best. Bob.
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      Aug 15 2012: Thanks Bob! I would still like a single source, but I guess it is just wishful thinking.
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        Aug 16 2012: Sadly I believe you are right. Diogenes of Sinope was just searching Greece for a honest man. We are searching the world media for a honest news source. Two quests without the desired results.

        All the Best. Bob.
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    Aug 15 2012: The best solution is to hear a variety of points of view and to expect them all to be somewhat biased. Another issue that I expect everyone understands is that our media based in the United States make choices of stories that give us very thin coverage of international stories.
    I had never quite internalized this issue until we disconnected our cable (which was always absurdly under-utilized) and one day watched the English edition of AlJazeera. I am not at all arguing that that offers unbiased coverage, but the range of stories addressing issues of importance that are not within the United States is dramatically larger than our US stations offer. In fact, that is understatement.
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    Aug 15 2012: I like my chances of getting good stuff on TED but that last talk has me worried. Why would we deal with a guy who admits to the same errors that a first year Psych student makes and is warned against when we have world experts who can teach us so well? Especially on such a divisive and complicated subject? I am perplexed and a bit set back which reminds me that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
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    Aug 17 2012: My eyes on my head...
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      Aug 17 2012: Hmm....can one person be at all the important events that one wants to know about?
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        Aug 18 2012: do all these events affect you so much you need to know about them??? Make your own news...
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          Aug 18 2012: "Front Page of the Derek Times: Derek Becomes Ruler of His Own Plot of Land!"

          I'm sure that is news somewhere.....=P
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        Aug 18 2012: LOL that's great man lol i didnt mean to come off sounding bad or nothing but what i meant was make your own news try things out if they dont work for you dont do them if they do i personally am not going to make a big deal over a yankee's game or the war in iraq those things are a couple thousand miles away my news right here right were i am matters the most and its unbiased if a person talks outside of the distance you can hear you could assume it biased... why because its not personally perceived by you therefore all reporters and all newspapers are biased because there not here where i am... does that make sense???
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          Aug 19 2012: That is true. I do think that to know what is happening in your immediate area is important, but say something happening on the outskirts of your county is leading to an all out war heading straight your way or maybe even another country. I am sure that then people must surely know what is happening elsewhere, somehow, right?
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        Aug 20 2012: I'm sure someone would tell you...information travels at the speed of light now and here is the great thing you can get all your news about countries invading and information thats prevailent like your houses defense network as well as the surrounding terrain of your house to mount a defensive from the people around you.. and guess what its in HD lol
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          Aug 20 2012: Okay, I understand that someone could tell you that something happened, but the story could always be warped or skewed by someones bias as well. I guess that goes for news or sources of information as well. I guess people should learn to dig as journalists do, and not take information off their initial source, even if it is seemingly relevant.
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    Aug 16 2012: slashdot.org - News for nerds... stuff that matters
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      Aug 16 2012: HAHA! I think I could benefit from reading this because I am unknowledgeable about the techy world. Hopefully this could help, thanks! =)
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    Aug 16 2012: http://www.somberi.com/index.php

    Try this one,it's news but not as you know it jim.
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      Aug 16 2012: Is this mostly military news or war related news?
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        Aug 16 2012: It's news from yesterday to me but to many it's today's news depending where one is on the planet,you've got to look at yourself and what you're use to when it comes to news,this is right across the net not just the western world,UN-biased,just a collection of news tidbits and it seems it's more military so you can guess what is in-vogue out there.
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    Aug 15 2012: Unfortunately absolute objectivity is hardly possible as far as news and information is concerned. Because even if it were possible for the source to be objective, the reciever/audience may not be; and vice versa.
    Since news and information have impacts and implications, they are usually used as weapons by some people; a section of the society is usually suspicious of the news/information sources(and for a good reason); and most people will rather hold on to their prejudice or wishful thinking, rather than adopt change if the news were true.
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    Aug 15 2012: Unfortunately absolute objectivity is hardly possible as far as news and information is concerned. Because even if it were possible for the source to be objective, the reciever/audience may not be; and vice versa.
    Since news and information have impacts and implications, they are usually used as weapons by some people; a section of the society is usually suspicious of the news/information sources(and for a good reason); and most people will rather hold on to their prejudice or wishful thinking, rather than adopt change if the news were true.
  • Aug 15 2012: What do you think of National Public Radio or TV?
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      Aug 15 2012: I do like them! =)
    • Aug 16 2012: I listen to NPR when I am driving to and from work. They sometimes address the question of their own objectivity, but I do not think they take the question very seriously. They seem to have the attitude that they do their best to be objective, and that they do a good job of it. I just cannot understand how a bunch of professional journalists can be so blind to their own prejudices. If they would just compare their choice of stories to the stories chosen by other media, the bias would be obvious. They have computers, and computers are very good at counting. Just count the words in their stories, and count the words in the stories of other news outlets. I can understand that we all have bias; I cannot understand how professionals can pretend to themselves that they do not share this flaw.
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        Aug 16 2012: Well, one NPR speaker, Brooke Gladstone, wrote a book called The Influencing Machine. It is just about the topic of media and the various topics we debate about, but specifically how the media does not control you, though it panders to their followers. So, they do what we want to hear and see or gets the best "ratings"....unfortunately, those who don't want to be pandered to won't find those pure unbiased anything, unless my topic question actually finds a person who knows of the diamonds in the ruff. =)