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messageBalanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by TheCat 15 June, 2019 15:37

I've often commented on this forum about the lack of balance in most political discussion these days, and the rise of tribalism which hampers rational debate.

Anyway, can the forum recommend any publications which don't overtly lean one political way or the other, and either contain balanced contributions, or at least opposing points of view from both sides of the aisle? Reason being I'm sick of reading the holier than thou Graun, the right wing tabloids aren't an option, the Telegraph I don't mind but again suffers from the same disease as the Guardian but with a different viewpoint.

I know nothing about the various current affairs magazines on offer in the UK...spectator, private eye, new statesman....are any of these of any quality /balanced?

Finally I like reading opinion pieces hence while the BBC is balanced for the most part it doesn't really make me think. Possibly the economist, but that can be a tad dull..I work in finance, so don't need to read a bout it on the weekend!

Genuine question, so genuine responses please (wishful thinking perhaps!)

Any suggestions welcome...

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by diable rouge 15 June, 2019 16:39

The Economist was the first thing that came into my head as I was reading your post, until I got to the bit...
Private Eye is very good if you like political satire. Spec and NS worth a look but I find I only really like certain writers such as Stephen Bush at NS rather than the magazines as a whole. Failing that, Angling Times...

PS. This was an interesting read about trying to cultivate balanced online debate... [www.bbc.co.uk]

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by TheCat 15 June, 2019 18:05

I like that link DR. Will check it out. Thanks for the thoughts

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by Chick 15 June, 2019 18:15

Socialist Worker.

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by JohnL 15 June, 2019 19:03

BBC balanced.

Calls for it to be shut down come from all sides regularly smiling smiley

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by Sue 16 June, 2019 09:29

JohnL Wrote:
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> BBC balanced.
>
> Calls for it to be shut down come from all sides
> regularly smiling smiley


Yep big grin

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by uncleglen 16 June, 2019 10:26

Chick Wrote:
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> Socialist Worker.

Yes- a fine balance between Marxism and Leninism!

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by peckman 19 June, 2019 11:41

My wife bought be a subsription for 'positive news' .. it focusses on the good things going on in the world rather that the broadcast and tabloid media obsession with bad news . Worth a read

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by Hemingway 19 June, 2019 14:42

Private Eye is a satirical magazine, so not sure what it's doing in your list. (although well worth reading)

Try reading both The Spectator and New Statesman for some right/left balance. Personally I find Spectator more fun but does have a handful of horrible columnists and a fair bit of right wing trolling. The NS is OK but a bit more Guardian like 'Worthiness' in its tone and so a bit duller.

Still think you'll get more balance from these than any of the laughably rubbish in their words ' non MSM' websites - for which Spiked (on the right) and The Canary (on the left) are basically, laughably one sided propoganda sites.

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by Townleygreen 19 June, 2019 14:46

"Private Eye is a satirical magazine"

Partly, yes, but have you not read the investigative articles, the stuff at "The Back" and "The City" sections? I would say at least half is proper journalism as opposed to satire. I've been a subscriber for several years now.



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messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by seenbeen 19 June, 2019 16:44

Townleygreen Wrote:
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> "Private Eye is a satirical magazine"
>
> Partly, yes, but have you not read the
> investigative articles, the stuff at "The Back"
> and "The City" sections? I would say at least half
> is proper journalism as opposed to satire. I've
> been a subscriber fro several years now.

'Rotten Boroughs' is pretty accurate too

messageRe: Balanced papers/websites/magazines?
Posted by DaveR 19 June, 2019 17:04



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