If you or anyone you know has ever been interviewed by ANY newspaper, small or large, and read the article, you'll know how amazingly wrong they can manage to get the simplest things. And yet we trust these sources to form our opinions about huge events with strong human emotions attached to them. And even more, we often swallow big assumptions in news reporting without noticing them, if they fit into our way of organizing knowledge.
I always find myself thinking of this when reading any news article, so agree that it is nice to have the resources to double-check things from multiple sources. The only problem with this is that often multiple sources receive their briefs from the same place (AP, Reuters, etc.) so that can be dangerous too.
Anyway, my favorite paper to read is The Guardian (sorry Whitehatter). The Independent gets too heavy-handedly and close-mindedly leftist, and I find that the Guardian, despite its openly acknoweldged left-leaning bias, often gives good voice to the "other side" in issues.
, there's the BBC. TV
news in the US either offers extremely limited or superficial international coverage, and/or in the case of Fox it is not news but punditry.
I'm quite down on US papers recently. The New York Times sold out to the White House during the lead-up to the Iraq war (despite the fact that it will continue to be trashed by the right), and there are other issues on which it is unreliable. It is pretty good overall though.
I like Der Spiegel too, when I want to bother reading in another language...
Again, one should read and react to ALL
"news" sources with a critical mind I think.