Today, I just couldn’t decide which article to read: how about ” Five Gadgets that Can Help You Relax” or “How to Deep Condition Hair with Olive Oil” ? Maybe I should sip my dark roast while reading “FYI: You Can Make Dog Food in a Slow Cooker.”
I’m logged into my go-to-news source, Flipboard, and even though it is headquartered in Shallow Alto, it offers the reader a choice not to be force-fed a newsroom director’s decision about what is news.
This new way of aggregating what I read has fertilized my attitude.
“Where do you read your news, mom? ” my son Ben asked as we shared a cup of coffee in Portland, Oregon last winter. The rain whispered down softly. The grey skies mirrored my mood.
I leaned in to his handsome face and warm brown eyes and observed,
“That’s a pertinent question. I’m not sure anymore.”
(Before I continue, let me share that I have some experience in assessing a news feed. I taught journalism for 16 years at a top U.S. public high school. My students were frisky and precocious, the type of people I enjoy. The Smoke Signal won a number of awards for innovative but fair journalism. Of that, I am proud.)
But. Is journalism today fair? Is fairness in the newsroom considered an attribute?
I would argue that today’s journalism, for the most part– be it print, digital, or broadcast– is about furthering political, lifestyle, environmental, and business agendas, to name a few.
You know, the type of reporting that used to fall under Opinion, now resides under News.
Ben suggested I download the app Flipboard after I observed to him that Google News is biased, the WSJ is predictable and boring, and the NYT is so far left (even in their news section) that I find myself grinding my teeth just reading the headlines. The Economist likes to pretend that it is unbiased but it is not—inside most articles are the correspondents’ not-so-hidden beliefs, tucked in by use of adjective or example. Fox News is as fair and balanced as the slot machines at Harrah’s, Lake Tahoe.
The best thing about Flipboard is that I choose what categories of news or opinion or feature that I like. Some of you know me well; others, from afar; others, not at all.
Can you guess what my feeds are? Here they are:
These are just a few of the feeds I follow.
If you think I might like one that you follow, please let me know.