I thought it would be interesting to have a thread to discuss various media outlets and their biases and reporting styles. Sometimes it takes a while to figure this out and not knowing which way a particular outlet or speaker is slanted can make it harder to discern which parts of a news report or speaker's dialog are more likely to be truthful, and which parts are more likely to be unreliable or biased.
I don't want to just post a list of opinions and premature conclusions on various outlets, but perhaps simply discuss the qualities and characteristics of each speaker and or news source. It think it's much easier to debate these characteristics than it is to debate conclusions and opinions. For example, it's better to say that a given news source tends to present their opinions as facts or inject false narratives than to say they are "full of shit", or are "unreliable". With the former, we have something to debate. With the latter, we have nothing but a vague conclusion. I was thinking that It might also be interesting to discuss the process we use for determining what sort of bias or inaccuracies we have found.
I'll start with a few just to break the ice. Please feel free to add more to the discussion, push back, ask questions, counter what has been said, etc.
CNN: Seems to express fairly liberal views and tends report in somewhat sensational style. The amount of sensationalism seems to vary by reporter. Some reports such as Wolf Blitzer tend to be more inflammatory in style while others like Cooper, Cuomo and Camerota tend to be more analytical and balanced. Though liberal, they seem to favor the Republican party given the huge disparity in coverage for Republican candidates vs. Democrats.
David Icke: - From the few videos I've seen, he seems to say a lot of things that are more in the realm of opinion than fact. The style of reporting seems to be more artful and fantastic than informative.
Depak Chopra : Uses overly complicated phrases in his dialogues - enough to discourage critical thought. Misuses technical phrases - applying terminology from quantum physics to the macroscopic world. ( ie. assuming that big things just appear and disappear like quantum particles ) , uses loaded language ( Giving ordinary words additional counter-intuitive meanings ). As for his style, he seems to make big, fantastic claims that are backed by complicated language.
The Young Turks - Youtube based news commentary that focuses on current events. While entertaining, I've found that it tends to be very one sided. The host's opinion on a news topic is expressed in such a way as to suggest that anyone who disagrees with them is foolish. I've watched quite a few of these episodes and have yet to see a balanced debate in which the audience is not persuaded to accept their view.
The Guardian (US Edition) - News articles tend to be well written without republican or democratic bias. There seems to be a bit of anti-government sentiment as seen in their extensive coverage on the Snowden disclosures and other stories. When it comes to blowing the lid on government wrongdoing, they do not hold back. Being that mainstream US news outlets are under pressure by the US government to be careful about what they say ( with regards to sensitive information ). I find it useful to read their take on sensitive subjects and compare what they write to what the major US news outlets write.