Supposedly, the Internet is forcing/allowing/facilitating people to read only news and opinions that please them or fits to their worldview. Dissenting opinions are ignored or drowned out by screaming voices.
Although I dislike many opposing views, I find that my media consumption has broadened. There were two main newspapers in Frankfurt: one left-leaning and one right-leaning. I used to read both, in order to get a balanced view. For example, a story about a demonstration would reveal the slant. The left-leaning paper would focus on the number of demonstrators that had been injured; its rival would stress the number of arrests and police injuries. The rise of the Internet and spread of satellite television has opened a wide spectrum of free news outlets. Most do not interest me, but I now have access to hundreds of television channels from around the globe (many in English), thousands of radio stations, and countless internet sites.
On a regular basis, I watch news on German ARD and ZDF and BBC, Al Jazeerah,
British Sky, Russian RT, and France 24. I do not like CNN, because it spends too much time talking about itself and not reporting news. Occasionally, I check Press TV to see what spin Iran puts on a story. The German and British national broadcasting companies appear to be the most objective--like news used to be in the 3-network era in the United States, before the Republicans destroyed objectivity by repealing the equal treatment law. Al Jazeerah is a probably the best commercial news organization, although much of the news they cover does not interest me. If the folks at Fox News wanted to learn the meaning of "Fair and Balanced", then they should watch Al Jazeerah. I do dip into Fox, but usually become angry and leave again. I refuse to watch the dangerous, deceitful blowhards, but get enough of their garbage on the Daily Show--the best news program in America.
The best newspaper, perhaps, is the Guardian. I also scan other newspapers with a different political tilt from major cities around the world. I check the New York Times, but rarely read a story. I like the Gail Collins and Frank Rich column. In magazines, I read regularly Time, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker. I scan Huffington Post.
In the end, I have read a lot and know very little. I am reminded of a description of the Missouri River: a mile wide and an inch deep. That said, I am better informed than fans of that certain woman and all Fox News viewers...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.