By Eda Ozbay
We’ve all heard about “fake news.” The validity of a news source is extremely important, but finding said news source can be difficult. Searching for a reliable source is hard when sometimes, news sources seem nearly as unreliable as each other. Sometimes a Marc Maron interview or podcast on serial killers is more informative than the daily New York Times. While I’m no expert, here are five sources of news and my take on them.
The New York Post: The Post is a personal favorite of mine. The elderly trench-coated man I sit next to everyday in Joe Coffee reads The Post and seems to love it. When I catch a glimpse of the headlines, they seem to be as informative, if not more, than the article itself. I have noticed that all pictures shown in The Post, which are quite a few, looked like mugshots– even pictures of the “good guys.” The Post covers all the news the Wall Street Journal used to when our government wasn’t in turmoil. Honestly, The Post is entertaining and a breath of fresh air in our current political climate.
Wall Street Journal: Rupert Murdoch is an elderly man who has more money than anyone really needs. If I didn’t know he acquired The Wall Street Journal, I might be a fan. But with each headline I read, I can’t get his face out of my mind. On the positive side, The Wall Street Journal reports accurate fiscal news and is a genuinely reliable source.
ClickHole: This is the less insane version of the actual news. I dream of the day these headlines become real, and honestly, sometimes I think they could be. Maybe if we all started reading ClickHole like it was the New York Times then the world would be a better place. But writers of ClickHole articles seem to give up at the end. It seems like most people only read the headline, and the article itself isn’t important. ClickHole as a news source is meant to be satirical, a joke of sorts, and achieves that very well.
Vice: This may be the most reliable news source, or so I was told by my high school Economics teacher. Even throughout the past few years, I still agree with him. From my perspective, Vice actually manages to remain somewhat factual and objective.
My LinkedIn News Feed: While only I have access to the content curated on my personal LinkedIn news feed, it can be quite interesting. I’m currently trying to get to 500 connections on LinkedIn, which means my page is cluttered with all the people I went to high school with but never really spoke to. But being in this network allows me to experience diversity in thoughts and careers. For example, I’ve noticed several updates on conservative Senator Pat Toomey as well. LinkedIn is also great if you’re interested in going to networking events from high school.
Overall, there are several different ways to stay informed. From the Wall Street Journal, to Vice, to LinkedIn, there’s a multitude of sources to peruse during your breaks between class. So stay informed or don’t. Your call.