My interest in different news sources began when I was in college.
For one reason or another, I befriended quite a number of international students (if you
really want to know why, I'll tell you over a beer). One of them in
particular was involved in the news industry back in his home country.
Their family had a printing press, and thus received live feed from the AP
Wire (Associated Press).
It always amazed me when we would talk about prior world events. His point
of view and recollection of world events was always significantly different
than my own. It then occurred to me that here in the U.S., we basically all
receive our news from one of just a few sources. This places us in a very
vulnerable position. How easy would it be then to guide our point of view?
(Ever seen the movie "Wag the Dog"?) Maybe it's for this reason that our
Founding Fathers made "Freedom of the Press" such a high priority.
This was an important milestone in my life. Since then, I have continually
challenged myself to "see the other point of view", even when, or perhaps,
more importantly when, it doesn't seem to make sense to me. To do this, you
must first diversify your news sources. Here's a few that I recommend: