Much has been made about this exchange between Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and CBS anchor Katie Couric.
Couric: And when it comes to establishing your worldview, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?
Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.
Couric: What, specifically?
Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.
Couric: Can you name a few?
Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.
While the the content of the answer can’t be disputed, how you interpret this answer often depends on your political leanings. Some say she was trapped by a gotcha question because she couldn’t say certain titles without being painted as an extremist. People on the other side of the argument say that her inability to name specific periodicals was far from a calculated decision, but because she simply didn’t know any. Either way I don’t care, but it did make me wonder about how other people gathered their news. If it is anything like my process then we are in deep trouble:
- Social Networks – Much to my surprise this is not an entirely bad way to get news. With the proliferation of microblogging on Twitter and Facebook’s status updates, there is very little major news that I don’t miss. Additionally, I get awesome kitten videos and random funy videos from my friends posting to them.
- The New York Times – Years ago when I was in high school, my favorite teacher had a daily subscription to The Times delivered to the school for us to read. Getting news from the most respected newspaper in America makes me feel smarter than I actually am. Exactly the kind of thing that my giant ego needs.
- ESPN.ocm – Sports news is still news.
- al.com – Occasionally I like to know what goes on locally and this website makes the state of Alabama’s largest newspapers all available in one place. There is also a link to the AP wire which is what I used to find stories when I was a reporter.
- Reuters – Another news wire service that provides a more international opinion on the issues of the day. Some people tend to forget there are views other than ones presented to us by the American media. Hell, I would go out on a limb and say that the majority of Americans don’t even care what is going on in the rest of the world just so long as it doesn’t bother them.
List 5 ways you acquire news other than by watching tv.