I grew up watching CNN International, and even as a teenager I remember enjoying Larry King interviewing a wide variety of personalities. When Princess Diana died, we watched the coverage and the funeral on CNN. So my background is watching and trusting CNN. But trust in the media is at an all time low and they have earned all the distrust they have received.
Of course, media bias is not a new thing, and it’s relatively obvious to anyone with eyes in their head that the media slants liberal. But for a long time I felt able to compensate for their bias in the way they reported the news. This started to change for me in 2013 when NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN blacked out the horrific story of Kermit Gosnell, who was accused of murdering one woman and seven babies. Following his conviction he is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. They eventually came around to reporting on it, but for me it was far too little and far too late.
Then, after President Trump was elected in 2016, the Russia collusion story was relentlessly promoted by networks like CNN even though it was patently ridiculous. CNN devoted 26% of all of its coverage to the story and that increased to well over 30% during prime time shows. But it’s not just the networks that lean left; Fox News also followed the story relentlessly, though from a different political bias. Why does that matter? Consider the following excerpt from the Columbia Journalism Review:
For instance, on September 21, 2017, Hurricane Maria had just devastated Puerto Rico with catastrophic flooding and power loss; the Trump Administration had just finalized its decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement; the Senate faced an 11th-hour bid to repeal Obamacare; and the death toll from a massive earthquake in Mexico rose to 250 people. And yet, that night, CNN spent 20 percent of its airtime on the Mueller scandal, while Fox News spent 29 percent, and MSNBC spent 45 percent. Sean Hannity , who hosts the most-watched cable news show in the country , never once mentioned the humanitarian crisis facing millions of Americans in Puerto Rico.https://www.cjr.org/analysis/cable-news-trump-russia-ukraine.php
When news media only reports on hot button political issues with the intent of flaming the fires of polarization or capitalizing viewership on soap box issues, other stories of significance get buried and we are all the worse for it. On top of that, many of the “conservative” sites seem designed to increase my blood pressure instead of my understanding or my faith. I appreciate and will continue to take advantage of sites such as the Daily Wire, but I need something a little more…NPR but without the progressive dogma.
So I have been looking for a news source that reports on stories that are important to me in a non-shrill way. I had come across multiple editorials over the last couple of years from World Magazine and so I began checking in with them regularly. I have appreciated objective, fact based coverage of events. There is no agenda to crucify nor deify Trump. They report on international stories, such as the recent “elections” in Uganda, or the continuing crackdown on evangelicals in Hong Kong. Their editorial are well written and grounded in biblical truth. Their website is easy to navigate and optimized for mobile. I foresee World becoming my go-to source for news on a regular basis.
WORLD produces sound journalism, grounded in facts and biblical truth. Through print magazines, online articles, and podcast programs, our trained journalists report on current events both global and national so that readers and listeners can see how God is at work in the world, no matter the headlines.https://world.wng.org/about
If you have found a news source that has been profitable to you, let me know about it in the comments along with the reasons it benefits you!
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A few that I find interesting
For USA news I use the below..unfortunately does not cover international news
But that’s all I can think of for now so there is definitely a need for old school journalism. I like the Daily Wire since I can see that they try their best to stick to the facts… but as you mentioned their scope of news is really limited.
Quillette’s a good one. I’ll have to try the others out. Thanks!
This is Laura W.’s sister from Texas. I’m enjoying your blog! I have been reading World for close to 21 years and listening to their podcasts. It is my first go-to news source because they not only give a Biblical, honest worldview, they do a lot of reporting on the best way to do charity. I have met and talked to the editor in chief of World, Marvin Olasky, who has also written books (my favorite “The Tragedy of American Compassion”). I also like Daily Wire and theAmericanConservative.com.
Thanks so much for following the blog. I’ve really grown to appreciate World and I enjoy the essays on quillete.com, although they are not from a Christian worldview.