Sources, columnists and saucey columnists

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by RTFQ, Sep 28, 2005.

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  1. RTFQ



    Now that print journalism is dying of blood loss while being roundly sodomised by governments and Business the world over, where do YOU go for current affairs, discourse, commentary and information on this glorious web thingy?

    I don't know if this will construe advertising - and as such fall foul of site rules - but a thread detailing the best of what's out there may be quite a useful resource for those tired with the "News For Mouth-Breathers" we get fed daily.

    Please feed this thread with links. The best best way to kill the likes of the sun is to get people reading something else, for free.

    "All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value." Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

  2. I think Google News is pretty good...

    Its ingenius algorithms search 000's of news providers and then it automatically groups reports by topic but from different providers. So you can easily see how the same story is being reported in two different media outlets. Hopefully you find the middle ground between Al-Jazeera and Fox...

    Also, I'm a big fan of The Economist (unless its anything to do with the EU). They really back up everything they say and they are the only organization I know of that correctly report things I have personal knowledge of.

  3. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

  4. Over a pint I considered a new thread, but this appeared (as if by magic).

    Private Eye may never be arrsers' greatest friend, but I offer you their latest editorial (No. 1142 30Sep-13Oct).

    Apart from "Zulu moment" being less appropriate than "Rorke's drift moment" and "tanks" vs "Warrior AFVs", they seem to be on our side - although they may be more anti-government than pro-army.

    Is the last para re Iranians accurate .. or are they just floating a future headline ?.

    You can subscribe on-line at, good value, filthy crossword, mischeivous cartoons aplenty. Bizarrely, their web site includes the humour/front page captions etc on-line - but you have to bey the mag for the articles. Very funny "Love is Blind" (a la Mills & Boon) ref Blind Pugh's predicament.
  5. I am a long time subscriber to Private Eye and enjoy its irreverent, anti-establishment point of view. Mrs Fett used to struggle to distinguish what was serious comment and what was urine extraction, but I think she has got the hang of it now.
  6. From what I have seen & heard over the years (long time Eye subscriber) Ian Hislop has a soft spot for the Army. They showed a clip of the amarillo video on "have I got news for you" and his comment was " They've got the shittiest job in the world and still have the sense of humour & morale to make that"
  7. I like Newsmap.

    The size of the box gives you an indication of how many people are reporting it.
    You can tick & untick the boxes at the top & bottom to select only the things that interest you & then click 'permalink' & add to favourites (this saves you making the same selections every time you view it).


  8. Al Ahram - the english weekly edition. Is always good for a main stream Arab perspective of things.

    Asian Times - Covers the whole Asian region has a wide variety of writers.


    Professor Juan Cole - Chicago ME and S Asia specialist also deals with American issues.

    Abu Aardvark - Another American ME specialist. Focuses more on popular arab opinion and culture (note for PTP and others he likes discussing hot Arab women quite a lot) - US gossip and Celeb site

    Then the usual:,
  9. RTFQ


    Excellent, especially the more obscure ones. Get some more in quick before the labour stewards from bournem- NO! WAIT! LET ME JUST PRESS SUBM-..................