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What news sources can be trusted?

I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase “fake news” once or twice this year. Everywhere you go people seem to be constantly sceptical of any hidden agendas that may be lurking in-between the lines of every news report given, so this week’s blog is dedicated to trying to find a news source which has actually proven itself to be unbiased, or at least somewhat reliable.

The first to bring up is the nationally renowned newspaper, “The Times”. According to a recent survey by Oxford University which comprised of 74,000 people internationally (2,117 from the UK), found that The Times scored a trust rating of 6.35 out of ten, beating all other competition. Social media sources generally scored less than three which is something to put it into perspective. That having been said, when I tried to triple check the legitimacy of calling The Times an unbiased news source, I had to check other news sources which seemed to defeat the exercise as they all said different things.  

The BBC consistently ranks high for trust and impartialness according to a national Ipsos survey. In fact, 57% said that they would trust the BBC for news whereas only 11% said that they would turn to ITV (honourable mentioned to The Sun for scoring 0.3%). This survey was particularly designed to see how the BBC compared against the larger market of news sources. Surprisingly enough another survey done by Ofcom (the UK’s regulator for communications) found that Magazines out performed any other news source in terms of quality, accuracy, trustworthiness and impartiality. Magazines are now officially more trustworthy than newspapers (according to Ofcom).

We recently ran a poll that asked if you thought you had a reliable news source and 34.7% answered yes and “to a certain extent” received 30.1% of the votes. Some of our favourite comments were:

  • “I’m not bothered about political bias. Just like to know what’s going on”
  • “BBC news app plus newspapers and news on commercial channels gives me a broad view but I trust the BBC news most of all.”
  • “Confirmation bias, filter bubbles.  The information is out there, read a variety of views and then ignore them and rely on your own (hopefully wide and rich) personal experience.”

Comments

I think it unlikely British news sources will knowingly report news which is untrue but Ihave no doubt most news papers sensationalise certain news items in order to further their owners, or Editors, own political views, and fail to give unbiased factual stories which allow readers to make up their own minds.

I believe the BBC truthfully report news but the slant put on that news could be perceived, by some people, to favour a view which is opposite to their own. For example many labour party supporters believe the BBC to favour the Conservatives and vice versa. 

The only way to get factual information is to read, or listen to, a variety of news sources and try to distill what actually happened by comparison and critical review.

Do they report news or do they simply repeat the stories given to them by "the establishment" .

Last week it was revealed that Boris Johnson had fathered a young girl as a result of an affair .......... the girl though is 8 years old !

Is that news ?

Why are stories "hidden" or "released in the public good" when they are ?

Is "news" merely propaganda ?

 

I trust the BBC and get all my 'news' from BBC NEWS 24.    If thre is any doubt about anything then i go to this chanel and if it is trustworthy then it will be reported by them, if not hen it's not worth listening to. 

Most media sources have a left wing bias, especially amongst established outlets (the so-called "mainstream media" or "MSM").

Two bits of research were of interest to me, one by a patent lawyer: 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-media-bias-chart-that-led-to-trumps-threat-to-regulate-google-2018-08-28

And one by the Pew Research centre which used a very clever methodology!

http://www.journalism.org/2014/10/21/political-polarization-media-habits/

Any kind of bias can influence what news gets reported and how it's reported, so any strong bias suggests a degree of fake news either through how it's presented, or what's omitted. 

Personally, I prefer news that just gives me the facts without hyperbole, ideology or opinion. That eliminates about 99% of news sources Biggrin My favoured one is the Financial Times.

PS: Be careful when using the BBC website, it's one of the top ten news sites that changes published pages without stating they've done so.

I use http://newsdiffs.org/ which monitors and archives several well known news sites to check previous versions of a story to check for bias or odd changes that have crept in.

I trust ITV news and the BBC news, i like to know what is going on in the world, but have to admit, i switch off when it comes to politicts!