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Re^2: When I want to check the accuracy of some widely held belief, I use:

by wjw (Curate)
on Jun 02, 2014 at 16:23 UTC ( #1088279=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: When I want to check the accuracy of some widely held belief, I use:
in thread When I want to check the accuracy of some widely held belief, I use:

Have found that if I want quality news about the US, NPR does a reasonable job, supplemented with BBC, and a few other foreign news services. Anything outside the US the NY Times does a fairly decent job along with other foreign(to me) sources. As a middle ground conservative, I find it ironic that those sources actually report 'some' news, as compared to blatantly attempting to sell it to me.

That critical thinking observation is accurate in my experience, though more broadly than just college grads. It is a bit disturbing. So many seem to single source info....

...the majority is always wrong, and always the last to know about it...

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...

A solution is nothing more than a clearly stated problem...otherwise, the problem is not a problem, it is a facct


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Re^3: When I want to check the accuracy of some widely held belief, I use:
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Jun 02, 2014 at 16:45 UTC

    I have my suspicions about NPR having seen them report on things that I was personally privy to and get it wrong. I suspect in their case it is a case of not doing a full job of fact checking.

    For instance they reported on the capabilities of the Spruance Class destroyer. I served as a Plankowner on one between 1979 and 1982 so I know a thing about the class and in particular the USS Cushing DD985. They reported capabilities that the ship flat out did not have. (Interestingly some features they reported on did come along later in SpruCan lifetime)

    Right on about BBC. I find they put out more fact and less spin than other news organs.


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