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1. It depends on the alternative. Sometimes, I'd rather the government not be in charge of one given thing or another.Throd wrote: Cody2, you have a point re: people voting on what they do not understand but would you prefer the alternative?
At present I feel that the people in the UK have an advantage on those in the US. We still get much of our media input from newspapers which, although not impartial, support alternative political views and offer a somewhat balanced picture. Plus they would be only too happy to denounce a rival if they played foul. Those in the US however seem to get much of their information from news channels that have their own agenda. Rival channels may offer alternatives but only those that actively seek to read them would be aware.
When I buy my paper I make a point of checking alternative papers, not just the headlines, but the previews on the front page of important items carried inside. I might well give these a quick check at the stand or occasionally even buy the other paper for a change
There have been a number of times people here have posted fake facts in the belief that their sources were right.
It would almost have to be. Anyone that posts here has an internet connection, and access to sites like Google News, or Yahoo News. Then it's a straight forward search to come up with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of articles on almost any topic that might be discussed. From that point, you can pick variations of outlets almost effortlessly, and pick articles that fulfill your desired bias.Throd wrote: I am prepared to stand corrected but it still gets back to my original question of where do the fake news statements posted here come from? The posters seem to accept them at face value. Is it what they want to read?