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Where do you find “good journalism”?

On last week’s show, Jon Meacham delivered an editorial on the “age of bumper-car politics,” where “voters and office seekers and provocateurs live for the next collision.” The segment drew a number of comments about who and what were contributors to this culture of conflict — politicians, the American public and the mainstream news media. The mainstream media has been a frequent target of criticism in recent weeks, particularly surrounding the coverage of the midterm elections and Jon Stewart’s closing remarks at the Rally to Restore Sanity. A few comments from our readers on Facebook:

It is easy to point out the flaws in today’s news coverage, but allow us to flip the question around: What do you consider “good journalism”? What news personalities, publications, websites, or blogs do you turn to for the most reliable and in-depth news coverage, and how can that quality of reporting inspire others to do better?

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  • Clinton Freeman

    I use to go to PBS when Moyers and NOW were still on.
    No I watch my Facebook or Google newsfeed and when I find something interesting I go to the “new media” cousins of “old media” sources:
    The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, etc.
    I may go to or actually turn to CNN on TV if it’s something that’s really “breaking news” and not just something that they are trying to figure out what’s going on.
    I check out DemocracyNow and TruthDig.for things I might not find out about from corporate media sources and I follow so I can compare to the spin of politicians, their advisors, or political pundits.
    I also read a lot of books and watch BookTV on CSpan to learn about new titles I may be interested in getting.

  • Davidd4

    I like the Jim Lear show for news. Both the Fareed Zakaria show and the Parker/Spitzer shown on CNN are informative.

  • Davidd4

    I like the Jim Lear show for news. Both the Fareed Zakaria show and the Parker/Spitzer shown on CNN are informative.

  • Karen Davis

    Democracy Now and The Rachel Maddow show are my main sources for go to news. For radio, it is the Diane Rehms show. And I do miss Moyer on PBS! But will catch Meet the Press sometimes.

  • YingYangYep

    NPR has always been a straight forward and indepth news org. I also like the Sunday Morning ABC, NBC news hours for their balance of professional contributors. I look at FOX and am truely disgusted – very clear one sided leaning from interpretation, type of story coverage, and depth of coverage- should be against the law to call that news. MSNBC has what I have found to be factual and covering a full range of ideas – way more factual & percise than FOX but they still interpret in one direction. PBS, BBC, NPR !!!! oooohhhh! Wait – Jon Stewart and Stephan Cobert – not for the story but for my sanity

  • Vande

    The ONION.

  • YingYangYep

    I find Frontline to be the most awesome documentary show on the planet. And I suold give CNN some props but they seem tentative and commercial – not indepth and they challenge nobody on their show when they say stupid stuff. Just look at CNN’s covergae of healthcare – no balls! Then look at Jim Lears, NPRs and or New York Times coverage of the same topic

  • Deanne

    Jim Lehrer rules! Everyone should watch the news on PBS. Most informative channel on television.

  • LisaV

    I have always liked CBS’ “60 Minutes” and “Face the Nation”, NPR & BBC News on the radio, and The New York Times and Washington Post online. Having worked 10 years at a live news TV station, I am now very leery of the quick attention-grabbing headlines, which frankly are rarely followed by any substance and tend to be full of the individual reporter’s personal opinions or bias.
    I define “good reporting” to be a thoughtful and thorough look at a particular subject, making sure more than one “side” is seen and accorded time in an objective manner. To me, a good journalist should rarely be heard but as a quick narrator, letting the subject material “speak for itself” as it were so the audience can make up its own mind. Too many news organizations have focused on the ADD of the average television viewer, sacrificing objectivity and thoroughness in favor of “exciting” headlines and 3-second talking heads.

  • Dcrussell51

    I like and trust the news team on PBS Newshour. Trust is a big factor with me. News and stories are presented in depth rather than in sound bites and talking points. There is more understanding of the topic. Networks news gives so little information you cannot fully understand it.

  • Rachel Poland

    Unfortunately, most of the journalists for whom I had the most respect have retired or died — Cronkite first and foremost, but also Peter Jennings, and Charlie Gibson to name a couple. The business of television has become so much less than it was when I was a child.

    I now go to PBS if I want to hear an intelligent analysis of the news of the day. I watch Bob Schieffer on Sundays for insight into the morass that is DC, and to The Daily Show if I want some yuks along with my partisanship :)

  • Elen

    Unfortunately it is all about the sensational, rather than the truth. Simply reporting what is said without also saying what is the truth, gives credence to the lies and spins perpetuated by of the likes of Sarah Palin. This isn’t about being on the right or the left. Rachel Maddow is clearly a liberal, but her show is truthful. Fox is clearly conservative, which is fine, but their “news” is twisted and tainted. They report lies and rumor as if it were the truth. I get most of what I trust in news from NPR.

  • Gabhlan

    Elen, based on your remarks, I would peg you as a white Democrat between 30 and 50 from a larger city and have some college or a degree. Am I correct? Can you honestly believe that MSNBC is any better than FOX? CNN has admitted that they have a slant and are trying (not very hard) to correct it. They all play to a particular audience. Personally, I believe that NPR has a left slant. But I know it, and take that into consideration when I listen. In the big picture, it appears that Lehrer and the BBC still do reliable news. The rest is questionable.. It does appear to be more about ratings and that is sad. But your statement above lacks credibility and slants to the left. Give the BBC a try..

  • Gabhlan

    The state of news in the US is a disgrace. Only a few reliable outlets..

  • Richard Michem

    Good, Journalism, will happen when, the press, stopped being politically correct, and worry about offending somebody and start, asking TOUGH questions.