Journalists are trained to approach news with an unbiased eye, but the of news media outlets may promote "leanings" that appeal to their audience base. Do you only read news that leans towards your point-of-view? Do you challenge your thinking by reading parallel coverage that is offered by media outlets that lean away from you? Consider:
Below, find newspapers by their editorial leanings.
Are there alternative news sources I can trust?
You can search online for a list of alternative news sources that strive to represent views and issues often ignored by corporate media. Of course, it's still very important that you evaluate these sources for any biases that may arise.
What if I want to read the news from a local angle?
Want to know public opinion?
How can I find editorial analysis?
Editorial analysis is a response to news coverage and current events and it inherently includes bias. Some editorial writers gain readership through a targeted appeal to specific groups, while others are known for a more moderated approach. Most major newspapers have editorial sections. Check out the New York Times Opinion Pages.
You can also consider the opinions of political pundits. For example, read/watch:
Glen Beck | Ann Coulter | Maureen Dowd | Sean Hannity | Arianna Huffington | Thomas Friedman | Rush Limbaugh | Rachel Maddow | Chris Matthews | Lawrence O'Donnell | Bill O'Reilly | David Shipley | Jon Stewart | Andrew Sullivan | George Will
Editorial cartoons give you a unique critique of current events. Simply search online using the key words "editorial cartoons + topic." Want to learn how to read an editorial cartoon effectively? Check out these online editorial cartoon galleries:
Editorial cartoons make an appeal to our emotions (humor) and this can be very powerful in suggesting we view current events in a particular way. Learn to draw information about the interpretation, as well as the current events with our guide, below.
Databases include both news and scholarly resources. If you're looking for news, narrow your searches to news articles.
Online pro-con sites are useful, but they can include commentary that is presented by a variety of people, expert and non-expert. Be careful to check the credibility of any author whose point you are considering. Ask yourself: What gives the expertise to say that?
Ethics Updates(University of San Diego)
Compiles resources on several topics associated with applied ethics.
Use this site to explore current controverial topics. Site presents pro-con arguements made by individuals, many with credentials in a related field.
Use the "talk" tab to explore disputed content.
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