Posted on Sep 16, 2015
SGT Ben Keen
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There is certainly no shortage on places where you can turn to on the internet to get your news. From your local town news paper to national and international news agencies to independent news sources, everyone has a way to share what they feel is news. But with all this information just a mouse click away, I sometimes wonder what makes people decide to use one source over the other within RallyPoint? Is there truly a "fair and balanced" source out there? How much of the burden is placed on us, the general public to read more and come to our conclusions based on several sources? Do you find yourself only going to those sites that side with your point of view or are you continuously looking around to see what others have to say, even if it goes against your point of view?
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Generally speaking, if it is more than one place, it is much more likely to be a reported fact. Single-source is much more likely to be reported opinion and skewed by that particular institution's bias.
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Edited 2 mo ago
What would make a good news source would be one that actually reported the facts of the news, not edited opinions about it.

It seems to me that the general perception is a good news source is one which portrays MY opinion. That is of course so wrong and is the reason for the continuing division in our country.

Nothing turns me off more than the statement " Oh, that is from --------- so it can't be true.
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Sgt Aaron Kennedy, MS
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The classic questions answered, while avoiding editorializing.

Who, What, Where, When, Why, & How. Avoiding opinions unless explicitly stating they are opinions.

There will always be some bias. It's impossible to avoid, because the act of reporting itself is "bias" in some ways. However, interjecting personal views into the report itself should be avoided, or at a minimum caveated.

Sources that "tailor a narrative" or worse, sources that pander to their sponsors because a specific narrative is more lucrative are those that are stepping away from "good."
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