Chronicle poll results: News sources
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Chronicle poll results: News sources

We asked our readers where they primarily get their national news. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Where do you primarily get your national news?” Of the 262 people who responded, 32% said, “Newspapers and/or their websites”; 28% said, “Cable television and/or their websites”; 27% said, “Network television and or their websites”; 5% said “Radio and/or their websites”; 3% said “Social media”; and 5% said “Other.” Comments were submitted by 51 people. A few follow.

Not from the mainstream networks, Google or Facebook. Very one-sided and protective of one viewpoint. Not true journalism.

Reading news from multiple sources is important to understanding complex issues. It’s unfortunate that more people who have strong opinions don’t utilize platforms that challenge their beliefs.

Definitely not CNN or MSNBC or NPR! So unbelievably biased.

Haaretz and The Wall Street Journal

I am center, slightly left. I used to watch Fox News to try to be more balanced until they became so radical, I just couldn’t take it anymore.

I find that the Wall Street Journal is the only publication that is mostly not skewed to either side. It’s the news and not a politically leaning venue.

I watch CNN and MSNBC. I know people say their views are very one-sided and liberal, but I don’t see it that way.

The two major newspapers in my area are expensive and largely irrelevant.

Journalism and news are becoming more distant from each other. Media plays to their market base which compromises objectivity.

I trust the news I hear on NPR. While I realize that it is impossible to report completely without bias, I think NPR does the best job in trying to present a balanced account. I also like to tune in to the BBC, to hear what a country outside the U.S. thinks is important news.

The mainstream media is controlled by one party and not reliable. Foreign sources are more accurate and have no perceivable agenda.

I prefer Reuters. It has consistently been the least biased source I can find. I’ll occasionally deliberately seek out the biased news sites (in both directions) to get a feel for what the “other side” is hearing.

Twitter is the best source now for news, by far.

There are multiple good sources for national news. I mix it up and, as with most transactions, it pays to be an “informed consumer.” PJC

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