Saturday, February 4, 2012

Question: What Sources Do You Use?

I hear much about how ignorant, stupid, and other not so nice things that Conservatives are because we only get our "news" from the evil and reviled Fox News organizations or "Faux News" as they are called on liberal-leaning websites. I mean, "they" did a study in an honest-to-goodness university of higher learning, then "they" took a poll! So we must believe "them" when they say Conservatives are ignorant and ill-informed, right? "They" wouldn't lie to us, would they?

Since we at Commentarama are well above-average in intelligence and certainly well-informed, where DO we get our information? Judging from these studies and polls, either we are not true Conservatives or we are just poor, deluded fools who THINK we are intelligent?

Question: What sources do you use to get news and other information?

17 comments:

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: My alma mater decided that conservatism is a mental disease, so I'm not too big on university studies.

First, I admit to using WikiPedia, but only for verification of commonly-known facts, dates and persons. I would never use it if there were an actual issue involved, or even an opinion of a given politician or famous person.

I also use traditional resources such as newspapers of record (though I'm cautious to separate fact from opinion there as well), and the vast library available to me through my UC Alumni membership. Blogs are also very useful, though it often requires reading off-setting blogs to determine where the real truth lies. I used to use AP for hot news, but they have become completely politicized and unreliable, and you have to check other sources for confirmation or denial.

BevfromNYC said...

LawHawk: So what you are saying is that you don't exclusively use Fox News for all of your information?

I admit I use Wikipedia for general information too. Much of their information is lifted directly from primary sources and/or they have a bibliography at the bottom to lead to other reliable sources to confirm. I find them to be a great place to start.

BevfromNYC said...

Oh and T-Rav - Try "Google Translate" using a English to Latin translator "@#$&ing idiot" becomes "stupri excors". It's sounds so much better in Latin and you could say that to anyone and get away with it! Except a priest or classical languages scholar...

T-Rav said...

Bev, unfortunately Google Translate (or any of the Googles) won't let me use an expletive in reference to Obama, so I have to improvise.

I do watch Fox News quite a bit, though I've gotten to where I read most of what they're reporting on the Internet before they even talk about it, so no, I'm not dependent on them. Most of what I learn comes from the blogs--RedState, HotAir, Gateway Pundit, etc., and whatever interesting links they put up. I also occasionally peruse the Telegraph and the Daily Mail--'cause you know, American papers are awful.

tryanmax said...

I'm a talk-radio junkie, partly because I am one of those people who cannot work in silence, but also because the various hosts are always vying for the story that no one else is talking about. Then it's off to the interwebs to try and discern the real story. Every rabbit hole seems to bottom out at a local news site, a blog, or a forum. Each provides clues to its own veracity.

Google's time search feature and cache are remarkably handy features. Often, the first version of an event to appear on the web is vastly different from the spun up stories that come later.

As for "Faux News," I killed the cable as soon as I realized they were telling the same stories spun the opposite direction. But I do still watch it when I'm at my folks' house.

Tehachapi Tom said...

Bev
The most enlightened there fore the most believable are the bloggers on this forum.

The responses from Tenn. &T-Rav are most insightful.
The blogs from Hawk are the more pertinent and erudite sources of todays points of interest and important that is available on the I-net.

Since they are truly CONSERVATIVE and by the articles definition not to bright. Heaven help the rest of us because we probably are not even bright enough to breathe .

Individualist said...

Bev

The problem with liberals is that either they are "clever" but have no knowledge.

or they have knowledge but no ability to understand it.

When you have someone who is well informed and intgelligent then you have a conservative.

CrisD said...

Bev-
I watch Fox when I want to tune in but always checkin to CNN to see what they are doing at the same time. Fox used to be a great novelty when it first came out but now it is very watered down (or at least it seems that way to me now).

I go to Breitbart, Red State but I check into Commentarama for the best posts on the web (and the best links!)

LawHawkRFD said...

Bev: As some others have pointed out, you can watch Fox News, or you can watch the others, and whatever the opposite is, that's what's on Fox. LOL

The WikiPedia source notes are often very good, but since I know their political leanings, I still like to search in other ways for other primary material.

BevfromNYC said...

Okay, just as I thought. None of you are really "Conservatives" because you use sources other than Fox News! Just kidding.

I was reminded by one liberal commentor on HuffPo this week that liberals are much smarter and even "t-baggers" refer to liberals as the "educated elite". I told him I don't think we use that term. What we actually use is "liberal elitists". He called me a bad name.

tryanmax said...

Some "t-baggers" might call liberals the "educated elite" but because liberals are insensitive to sarcasm, they'd take it as a compliment.

Seriously, how dumb does this person think conservatives are that they would actually say that about their ideological opposition. I firmly believe one can gauge an individual's stupidity by the amount of it they project onto others.

Honestly, Bev, I don't know how you do it. I can't stand HuffPo because my comments always get "moderated."

BevfromNYC said...

Tryanmax - I am an avid contrarian. I thrive on engaging the opposition. It's cheap entertainment.

T-Rav said...

I need to scan the comments on HuffPo more often so I can see your conversations (stupid AOL merger). They sound like a riot. If that particular one resumes, please let your acquaintances know that as far as I remember, I have never used the word "educated" when describing liberals.

Patriot said...

On my Google home page links:

Day by Day cartoon
Drudge report
Lucianne
Hot air
American thinker
Instapundit
Power line

.....and of course commentarama

Koshcat said...

It seems that many tv news channels get their leads from Drudge so I check that often. I read the WSJ weekend edition and check their website occasionally. I haven't looked at it in awhile, but like Pajamas Media. I haven't been t the breitbart sites in awhile. Not sure why as I like listening to breitbart himself. This is going to sound lame but I am really impressed about how well this site discusses issues and have learned alot from many different members. What I like is the use of references to support opinion and willing to answer further questions. I use Wikipedia often for basic information.

Foxnews bores me, CNN will at some time piss me off but usually not as rapidly as the major networks. MSNBC is awful. Headline news is ok to get basics. Will watch MSNBC business and fox business occasionally. Prefer watching ESPN

AndrewPrice said...

Koshkat, We have a very bright, thoughtful and well-read audience here, which is something I really appreciate. I can't think of anyone who hasn't contributed significantly. Our readers also have a variety of opinions, which makes it even more interesting because people aren't afraid to share contrary views. I'm always impressed how interesting the discussions get around here.

CrispyRice said...

From time to time, I'm forced to watch MSNBC at my gym when I can't get the elliptical in front of FOX. (And perhaps not surprisingly, the ones in front of FOX are always busier, go figure...) Boy, does that get your heart rate up. Ugh. But, on the other hand, it's good to know what they're up to and thinking.

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