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May 7, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

A WEE SURVEY....If you could have only one source of news in the world, what would it be? You may pick one (1) magazine, newspaper, news broadcast, radio show, blog, or newsletter. Only one. And it's the only source of news you get. What would it be?

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Hustler

Posted by: Joe on May 7, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

Fox Noise

Posted by: LFoD on May 7, 2008 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

I can't pick "The Internet"? If I pick one blog, am I allowed to click links? I suppose I'd go with the New York Times, then. (Or I could just chuck the whole thing and pick AICN.)

Posted by: Jaquandor on May 7, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

The Koran.

Posted by: RaeF on May 7, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

And I thought TNR was a snarky suggestion...

Posted by: Peter VE on May 7, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

BBC

Posted by: jane on May 7, 2008 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

The BBC news website.

Posted by: Virginia on May 7, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

The NYTimes, alas.

Posted by: frankly0 on May 7, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Trick answer: Newspaper, because it can hold so much more information than the other media listed. (Though that could also be magazine or blog, depending on the scale.)

(No, I don't normally read the newspaper.)

Posted by: Erik on May 7, 2008 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

The Onion.

Posted by: RollaMO on May 7, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

NYTimes

Posted by: Apu on May 7, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist. It has its flaws and biases, but they're readily apparent, and if the goal is to stay the most informed with one source then I think there's no contest.

Posted by: Ernie Tedeschi on May 7, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Oh; my reading comprehension of the question was weak.

Voice of America site or BBC News site.

Posted by: erik on May 7, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

NPR Morning Edition. Can't eat a bagel without it.

Posted by: colin on May 7, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

NPR

Posted by: Steve in Saint Paul on May 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist

Posted by: Riemannian on May 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

I would pick the New York Times.

It's not perfect, but it has a few things going for it:

1. It covers a wide range of material.
2. It doesn't dumb things down for the reader.
3. It has hard news as well as opinions, entertainment, comics, puzzles, etc.
4. Compared to most other sources, it's overall credibility is neither better nor worse.
5. It is heavy enough to kill intruders.

Frankly, I don't read it right now, because I barely have time to tie my shoes, let alone read a paper as substantial as the Times, but if I had to make my choice, I would choose it.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be Jesus, Philip K. Dick and David Lynch.

My favorite color is blue.

Posted by: BombIranForChrist on May 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

The Bible.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on May 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

The Daily Show, obviously.

Posted by: anon on May 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

New Yorker

Posted by: RW Greene on May 7, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

The Daily Show, obviously.

Posted by: anon on May 7, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

TPM.

Posted by: Memekiller on May 7, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Hot & smart liberal girlfriend who reads the news for me, and tells me what happened.

Posted by: Swan on May 7, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Democracy Now.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on May 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times.

But variety in news sources is important.

Posted by: troglodyte on May 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

http://news.google.com/nwshp?ned=us

Posted by: Del Capslock on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times

Posted by: anon on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times

Posted by: anon on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, I misunderstood the question. Right now I read a few blogs and get a mix of news from elsewhere in addition, but if it had to be just one, I would pick one of the non-blog sites that rounds up headlines from blogs and/or newspapers and provides links to the stories.

Posted by: Swan on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

BBC radio world service

Posted by: riffle on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Drudge, no doubt about it.

Posted by: Charlie Gibson on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Online NYT.

Posted by: James on May 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Talkingpointsmemo

Posted by: maxgowan on May 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Hands down. BBC. They cover the whole world. No Commercials. Aggressive interviews.

Posted by: jimmy on May 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Washington Post

Posted by: writer on May 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Hands down. BBC. They cover the whole world. No Commercials. Aggressive interviews.

Posted by: jimmy on May 7, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

I'd have to go with my local paper (Toledo Blade). It's horrid, but at least I'd get some local news.

Posted by: jacob on May 7, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

For all its faults, the New York Times.

Posted by: Donald A. Coffin on May 7, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

That's easy--TPM!

Posted by: Amit Joshi on May 7, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Angry Citizen!

http://www.angrycitizen.com

Posted by: matt kaune on May 7, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

The Washington Monthly blog, of course.

Posted by: Alex on May 7, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

My one best source of news is, and will remain, the Daily Show. I read (and listen) to other sources mostly to get an idea of what the Daily Show writers may be cooking up for me later in the evening.

Jon Stewart is no Edward R. Murrow, but than again who wants to get their news from a dead guy.

Posted by: majun on May 7, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Probably the Guardian/Observer

Posted by: Jim in AZ on May 7, 2008 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

The crazy guy down by the bus stop. He is always the first with the story.

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

But would the news source have access to the other news sources? If so, I'd have to pick a blog like DK or TPM where I would hear about all sorts of news second-hand. If not, it's definitely the NYTimes.

Posted by: Don on May 7, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

The Financial Times

Posted by: rds on May 7, 2008 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

NPR

Posted by: Raleigh on May 7, 2008 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

Does the BBC's web page count? It's neither a magazine, newspaper, news broadcast, radio show, blog, nor a newsletter, though it links to several BBC news broadcasts. If it counts, including their links to their broadcasts, then nothing else comes close.

If, however, it doesn't count, and if online newspapers do, then it's the New York Times web page.

Posted by: Mike on May 7, 2008 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! (The NPR News Quiz.)

Posted by: House Whisperer on May 7, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

The Washington Post's web site.

Posted by: mmy on May 7, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

All Things Considered

Posted by: cleek on May 7, 2008 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times

Posted by: Matt on May 7, 2008 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

The Guardian.

Posted by: Ben C on May 7, 2008 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

newspaper

Posted by: ske on May 7, 2008 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

It's a cop-out because it's a news aggregator, but my iGoogle home page, which gives me stuff like this:

Nearly two dozen federal agents yesterday raided the Washington headquarters of the agency that protects government whistle-blowers, as part of an intensifying criminal investigation of its leader, who is fighting allegations of improper political bias and obstruction of justice.
Agents fanned out yesterday morning in the agency's building on M Street, where they sequestered Office of Special Counsel chief Scott J. Bloch for questioning, served grand-jury subpoenas on 17 employees and shut down access to computer networks in a search lasting more than five hours.
Posted by: grape_crush on May 7, 2008 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

No Political Animals?

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist. Hands down, the best news magazine in the world.

Posted by: Yancey Ward on May 7, 2008 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

World Net Daily

Posted by: Snarky Snark on May 7, 2008 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

I might also have to go with the Daily Show.

Posted by: Chris O. on May 7, 2008 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

Democracy Now.

Posted by: Bean on May 7, 2008 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

BBC World Service.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State on May 7, 2008 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

WaPo

Posted by: Big House on May 7, 2008 at 4:38 PM | PERMALINK

http://www.amconmag.com/

Posted by: Luther on May 7, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

hillaryclinton.com

Posted by: LFoD on May 7, 2008 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

NYTimes.com

Posted by: avahome on May 7, 2008 at 4:40 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times. What BombIranForChrist said.

Posted by: Ken D. on May 7, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

The Washington Post. It's also my hometown newspaper so that gives it an edge.

Posted by: Greg Sanders on May 7, 2008 at 4:42 PM | PERMALINK

the Economist . . .

Posted by: Sab_Fan on May 7, 2008 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

It's a tough choice between High Times and the Focus on the Family newsletter.

Posted by: indecisive on May 7, 2008 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

NPR Morning Edition

Posted by: olegt on May 7, 2008 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Daily Show

Posted by: nutty little nut nut on May 7, 2008 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

Another vote for The Economist. NYTimes doesn't have enough international coverage in depth.

Posted by: jhill on May 7, 2008 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

NPR.

It was close between NPR and BBC World Service. NPR does more in-depth and continuing coverage, so you can get to know the context of a story as well as the story itself. That's what decided me.

Posted by: CaseyL on May 7, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

NPR

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

The bar down at the American Legion.

Posted by: biff3000 on May 7, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

fafblog

Posted by: dob on May 7, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist. No other publication equals its its breadth of coverage of international news.

Posted by: Botecelli on May 7, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Thinkprogress.org

(Political Animal would be my second source, if I was allowed another.)

The rest of the media has been corrupted by the corporations which owns it. I've even caught PBS and NPR in some right-wing spin during the last couple of years.

Posted by: cmac on May 7, 2008 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

Radio Show

Posted by: RS on May 7, 2008 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by: Tim Morris on May 7, 2008 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

The Christian Science Monitor.
Since fafblog went inert, anyway.

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

McClatchy DC

Posted by: HungChad on May 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

NPR.

Hands down, no question: NPR.

Posted by: Stacy on May 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

The Globe and Mail (Toronto).

Posted by: Jane on May 7, 2008 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

The BBC -- that's cheating a bit, because it's more than a network.

Before Murdzilla destroyed it, I would have picked WSJ, if I could use the editorial page as fertilizer first.

Posted by: Benjamin on May 7, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

Lehrer News Hour on PBS.

Posted by: reader on May 7, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

The BBC news site - nothing else is close

Posted by: JohnTh on May 7, 2008 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

NYT, for sure. It drives me crazy, especially its political coverage, but as others have said, the sheer breadth and depth of info beats anything else out there.

Posted by: pdp on May 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

The Financial Times.

Posted by: Old Hat on May 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

nytimes.com - better than waiting for a morning edition.

Posted by: geoff on May 7, 2008 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

washington post online

Posted by: mrb on May 7, 2008 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

NPR. Do I have to choose one program? Like, I guess it would be All Things Considered, but I'd really miss Weekend Edition and Marketplace.

Posted by: IMU on May 7, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

The AP wire.

Posted by: Civ on May 7, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

BBC World Service

Posted by: Alexei McDonald on May 7, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

I said NPR above, but really I would say WNYC because I'd want local weather and sports.

It beats out BBC World because their "World Sport" is full of rugby and cricket scores. I still have no idea what an "over" is.

Posted by: IMU on May 7, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

Guardian Unlimited

Posted by: mancred on May 7, 2008 at 5:10 PM | PERMALINK

God's lips to my ears.

Posted by: R.L. on May 7, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Gods lips to my ears.

Posted by: R.L. on May 7, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

The Daily Show, though I will suffer from Onion AV Club withdrawl.

Posted by: anon on May 7, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

The NYTimes.

Posted by: esrose on May 7, 2008 at 5:14 PM | PERMALINK

The NYTimes.

Posted by: esrose on May 7, 2008 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

A blog for a few reasons:

1. The links allow me to read other people's takes on the issues, as well as give context.

2. Commenters are often the best part of a good blog since they provide a variety of opinions, facts and links to other sources. Better blogs also allow for those with legitimate and non-trollesque opposing views.

3. They cover most things already presented in papers, radio programs, etc., and often issues that aren't covered in those venues.

With that in mind, it'd be The Huffington Post due to their wide range of topics.

It pains me to say that, since I love The Carpetbagger Report, Crooks and Liars, MY, and many others. But the HuffPost just covers so many bases it's a one-stop kind of shop.

Just my 2 cents ... keep the change.


Posted by: Mark D on May 7, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

BBC

I play rugby in NYC, I still don't get to see my scores ;)

An over (in baseball terms) is 6 pitches. The pitcher (known as the bowler) may have to repeat a pitch (known as a delivery) if he commits a technical error.

Posted by: royalblue_tom on May 7, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Teh Google News 8=P.

Posted by: Jet on May 7, 2008 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Daily newspaper.

Although all news is biased, reading allows one to read between the lines. TV and radio are more difficult to parse. Blogs and newsletters are more for reinforcing or rebutting opinion, not for information gathering.

Posted by: Brojo on May 7, 2008 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Cursor.

Posted by: bc on May 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

International Herald Tribune, but I might take the NYT for the crosswords.

Posted by: Danp on May 7, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

All of the above.

Posted by: slanted tom on May 7, 2008 at 5:23 PM | PERMALINK

Torn between NPR and NY Times....

Posted by: MarkedMan on May 7, 2008 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times

Posted by: Bill Arnold on May 7, 2008 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

FT (to be consistent with my sarcastic comment on Dowd) or NPR/BBC.

Posted by: larrybob on May 7, 2008 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

BBC, hands-down it's the best coverage of news worldwide.

Posted by: Tim on May 7, 2008 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

The Huffington Post.

Posted by: Bob C on May 7, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist. Agree with comments made by Ernie Tedeschi.

Posted by: D. Olson on May 7, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

The NYT, because of its comprehensiveness and because Frank Rich writes what I think. But I don't know whether life would be worth living without the Daily Show and, of course, this blog.

Posted by: Novemberist on May 7, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

National Public Radio. The finest news source in the Known Universe.

Posted by: CT on May 7, 2008 at 5:31 PM | PERMALINK

TPM

Posted by: Jeff on May 7, 2008 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist

Without a doubt

Posted by: yep on May 7, 2008 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

commondreams.org

Patrick Meighan
Culver City, CA

Posted by: Patrick Meighan on May 7, 2008 at 5:40 PM | PERMALINK

news.bbc.co.uk

Posted by: Matt in Eugene on May 7, 2008 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

since I drive a lot in my car (outside sales representative) the answer is Morning edition on npr.

Posted by: John Freeman on May 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

My local public radio station...

Posted by: Lisa on May 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

If I could have only one source, I think I'd choose to be uninformed rather than misinformed.

Posted by: Bob on May 7, 2008 at 5:48 PM | PERMALINK

Of course it's the NYT. It's not even that interesting of a question.

Although if I had to just read the NYT and stop listening to the BBC World Service every day, my knowledge of the news of the rest of the world would instantly drop by 75%. Oh well!

Posted by: nobody on May 7, 2008 at 5:49 PM | PERMALINK

KUT (NPR + local news)

Posted by: Hamilton Richards on May 7, 2008 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Because it's miles wide - news.google.com. Inability to click through would be painful, though.

Posted by: eb on May 7, 2008 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

National Public Radio.

Posted by: Piper on May 7, 2008 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

TPM

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

NYT

Posted by: Paul Silver on May 7, 2008 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

San Francisco Chronicle.

Posted by: smartelephant on May 7, 2008 at 5:59 PM | PERMALINK

Treehugger!!!

Posted by: gustav on May 7, 2008 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

BBC, no question.

Posted by: foolishmortal on May 7, 2008 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist (assuming we're limited to a print magazine/newspaper)

The BBC (if we can choose a web site)

Posted by: Augustus on May 7, 2008 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

BBC news website

Posted by: Helena Montana on May 7, 2008 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

Countdown.

Posted by: Sam Shuster on May 7, 2008 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

NYT online

Can't believe someone picked HuffPo. Yikes. Can't stand the shrillness, uniformity of opionion and stupid news about American Idol or which celeb got arrested last night.

Posted by: Teresa on May 7, 2008 at 6:22 PM | PERMALINK

NPR. It's not as broad as a newspaper, but it's less screwed up than any except McClatchy.

Posted by: anandine on May 7, 2008 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Once, recently even, it would have been the Wall Street Journal, but I find I'm reading less and less of it.

Posted by: Tom Parmenter on May 7, 2008 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Another vote for Talking Points Memo.

Posted by: monocle on May 7, 2008 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

YouTube.

Posted by: Eric Scharf on May 7, 2008 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

Yahoo AP wires....

Posted by: Richard on May 7, 2008 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

Salon.com

Posted by: Winslow on May 7, 2008 at 6:41 PM | PERMALINK

Radio Show

Posted by: Doc at the Radar Station on May 7, 2008 at 6:43 PM | PERMALINK

BBC World Service.. its irreplaceable.

Posted by: anon on May 7, 2008 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

NYT online. Seriously, the breadth and usability of the site is fantastic. Last night you could scroll over each individual Indiana county in real time to see the primary returns.

Posted by: Jeff on May 7, 2008 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

Magazine!

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on May 7, 2008 at 6:48 PM | PERMALINK

Financial Times.

Posted by: Dave L on May 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM | PERMALINK

NPR

Posted by: cyrki on May 7, 2008 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

A couple of posts down Kevin calls The New York Times "the greatest newspaper in the world", and I'm struck by how many responses above reflexively default to the NYT. I don't really get it. They have a stable of political reporters that, as documented repeatedly by Bob Somerby, is just horrible. Their international coverage is very spotty and of course with cutbacks becoming more so by the say. For example, they have one person covering all of Latin America -- that's ridiculous; they would do better to have someone in New York reading the Latin American press then to have Larry Rohter roaming around from place to place. Their European coverage is very poor; there is no reason not to go to European newspapers for that coverage. Their Iraq coverage has its goods and its bads, Michael Gordon being of course the rock bottom. Their science reporting is by and large horrendous. Their economics reporting, as noted constantly by Dean Baker and Brad DeLong is stupid and uninformed. as between the Washington Post and the NYT there's not a dime's worth of difference in terms of standards. They both have a few really good reporters and a large host of lousy ones.

Sadly, because of massive staff reductions and a falling away of standards, the BBC is also a shadow of its former self; its coverage is wide but extremely shallow, not to mention tendentious and unreliable.

There is obviously no answer to Kevin's survey question.

Posted by: gordonminor on May 7, 2008 at 6:52 PM | PERMALINK

BBC

Posted by: MarcusM on May 7, 2008 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

Financial Times.

Posted by: Dave L on May 7, 2008 at 6:57 PM | PERMALINK

Yahoo News

Posted by: Mike Meyer on May 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

Irrelevent question. Anyone who relies on one source for all their news is lazy, stupid, or likes being mal-or-under-informed.

But, if I had only one choice, probably BBC (since NPR clearly is influenced by US political attacks from the right.)

Posted by: JimPortlandOR on May 7, 2008 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

Wikipedia. Its rabid contributors tend to keep it fairly up to date and it'll come in handy in case you decide to impose any other arbitrary media restrictions.

Posted by: greg on May 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

The New Yorker!

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

NY Times.

But you should modify your question. There are news aggregators, which if you read every day you'd be reasonably well-informed. Even Drudge. But the aggregators aren't actually providing the information, they're just linking or quoting news stories. (Or they're providing wire stories.)

TPM is an informative site, but it wouldn't be if you just limited yourself to stories which TPM uncovered itself and wrote itself. In fact, you'd only be reading about 1% of the site.

Which brings me to my point: Name one online news source. A web site which does its own reporting, and if you'd read every day you'd be well-informed about whatever it covers.

Just one.

Posted by: AMP on May 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

NYT

Posted by: Don on May 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM | PERMALINK

I'll echo The Economist. They often interpret events in a conservative but intellectually honest, without dogmatic knee-jerking (usually). Also, the magazine has a pretty good sense of humor, and (most importantly) won't hesitate to call bullshit bullshit. The obituaries are always outstanding.

(Runner up is the Daily Show, for surprisingly similar reasons to the economist; 2nd runner up is TPM)

Posted by: ArtB on May 7, 2008 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

Newspaper: The New York Times

Posted by: FuzzFinger on May 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

New York Times

Posted by: Camille Hardy on May 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

You know, I think I'll go with the New Yorker. My knowledge would be eclectic and spotty, but deep in those spots, and I'd enjoy the process.

Posted by: Emma Anne on May 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

DailyKos

Posted by: labradog on May 7, 2008 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

DailyKos

Posted by: MNPundit on May 7, 2008 at 7:23 PM | PERMALINK

Yup -- New Yorker for me too. I wouldn't be up to the minute, but whatever was important enough to make it would be interestingly digested. Come to think of it, maybe I'll just stop reading everything else right now -- I bet my life would be way better!

Posted by: Clara on May 7, 2008 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

BuzzFlash.com.

And before you even open your mouth, yes, I am assuming I get to click through the links. That's the whole point: You question is flawed.

Posted by: bob5540 on May 7, 2008 at 7:27 PM | PERMALINK

news.google.com

Posted by: on May 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM | PERMALINK

NPR radio. I don't trust the BBC anymore to be completely unbiased, but several other shows balance that out.

Posted by: Kate on May 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist is only once a week, not enough for a news junkie like me so I suppose I'd have to choose the IHT even though it's gone downhill since the New York Times acquired full control.

Posted by: snicker-snack on May 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM | PERMALINK

I suppose it would be the MSNBC news channel.
Or, if this counts, MSNBC.com.

Posted by: Psyberian on May 7, 2008 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

A silly question.

Now, if the question had been "if you could only listen to one band for the rest of your life who would it be?" I might be more open to the question.

I absorb as much information from as many sources as possible on a daily basis. To do less would render me no less than a fucking Fox viewer or dittohead.

Posted by: angryspittle on May 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

In my comment at 4:19, I wasn't talking about a robo-news-aggregator like Yahoo or Google have, I was talking about a website run by some news freaks who pick out interesting stories and post links, but don't do much (if any) original writing on the site themselves.

I think this is the best answer to the question, because if you look at a blog, you click through on links to stories, and if you look at newspaper website, you click on links on a front-page to articles. A news website like I'm talking about is really like a person virtually cutting and pasting articles from many different newspapers and blogs to make one combination-newspaper, because all the articles are headlined on, and just one click away from, the main page on the site.

Posted by: Swan on May 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM | PERMALINK

add me to the NPR votes. all day. is that cheating?

Posted by: susteph on May 7, 2008 at 8:02 PM | PERMALINK

I would pick the LA Times, thus assuring myself of national, international and local news. If I lived in NY, of course, I would pick the NYT. If I lived in the hinterlands, I might select NPR -- but at the cost of local news.

Posted by: Ed Cray on May 7, 2008 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

BBC world service on radio.

Posted by: jayackroyd on May 7, 2008 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK

NPR. Not Even Close.

Posted by: Bassfish on May 7, 2008 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

Fark!

Posted by: Mary Contrary on May 7, 2008 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

How can any one read a newspaper without a comics page? I first thought blog; but, think BBC is a good answer.

Posted by: Mazurka on May 7, 2008 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

TPM

Posted by: jackifus on May 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM | PERMALINK

CNN.com

Ha, just kidding of course.

NPR All Things Considered

And a definite vote against the NY Times. As a left coaster, they are clueless regarding anything occurring west of the Mississippi.

Posted by: ergodubito on May 7, 2008 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK

TPM

Posted by: steve duncan on May 7, 2008 at 8:45 PM | PERMALINK

I canceled the WashPost this past winter.

Since I now get the news from a wide variety of sources, no one of them would do the job, so I'm left to choose from ones I don't already consume, which makes it tough. But I guess I'd choose the BBC website.

If I had to choose from among my current sources, though, I'd go with The Daily Show, if only because it would be the hardest one to give up.

Posted by: FearItself on May 7, 2008 at 8:47 PM | PERMALINK

Los Angeles Times, because I live in the OC.

Posted by: Paul Stone on May 7, 2008 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

Up until 2 years ago I would have said _The Atlantic_, but I fear it is headed down the TNR road now.

Cranky

Posted by: Cranky Observer on May 7, 2008 at 9:07 PM | PERMALINK

Tough call, love NPR (former Morning Edition host) but feel BBC4 is what I would have to choose. As with the aforementioned Economist, coverage of stateside-issues can be sketchy at times but is most likely still the best overall source for news.

Posted by: Brian on May 7, 2008 at 9:23 PM | PERMALINK

Addendum. Regarding the Economist and it's fantastic talent for snark; why can't American media get the this concept?

The BBC America newscast with Matt Frei is great as well -the comments that Mr. Frei passes when subjects strike him are at times hilarious.

Posted by: brian on May 7, 2008 at 9:31 PM | PERMALINK

In These Times

Posted by: Alsek on May 7, 2008 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

No Brainer.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/

Posted by: mezon on May 7, 2008 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

As much as I dislike it at times...WaPo

Posted by: justmy2 on May 7, 2008 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

NY TIMES online.

Posted by: Dilbert on May 7, 2008 at 10:08 PM | PERMALINK

NY TIMES online.

Posted by: Dilbert on May 7, 2008 at 10:09 PM | PERMALINK

BBC

Posted by: Gabriel on May 7, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, tough choice. NPR or BBC. I'll go with NPR, since I'll get a bit of BBC with it.

Posted by: Harry Pavlidis on May 7, 2008 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

ESPN; just as an irrelevant news service as everyone else.

Posted by: terry k on May 7, 2008 at 10:39 PM | PERMALINK

It's hard to choose just one. I think the variety of what I read and listen to all contributes. It's certainly easier to tell you what I live without--TV news. I turned it off in 1999 and never regretted that decision.

I love all my blogs, but for max content: NPR

Posted by: JoyousMN on May 7, 2008 at 10:45 PM | PERMALINK

Bloomberg.com

Posted by: Nahtanoj on May 7, 2008 at 11:11 PM | PERMALINK

Given that it is an absurdity to limit oneself to one, here goes: I would not go for the "broad coverage" angle and focus more on quality, hence I would pick Amy Goodman's Democracy Now.

Posted by: shoebeacon on May 7, 2008 at 11:15 PM | PERMALINK

The Daily Racing Form

Posted by: harry the horse on May 7, 2008 at 11:31 PM | PERMALINK

I read sports section first.

Posted by: Brojo on May 7, 2008 at 11:37 PM | PERMALINK

Washington Post

Posted by: Steve on May 7, 2008 at 11:41 PM | PERMALINK

NPR

Posted by: apexnerd on May 7, 2008 at 11:52 PM | PERMALINK

Google News?

Your specification of "one source" is imprecise when the net is involved.

Posted by: Paul Camp on May 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM | PERMALINK

Am I really only the second person to endorse Fark?

Posted by: Scott L on May 8, 2008 at 12:24 AM | PERMALINK

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - the world's most compleat newspaper, in the actual meaning of compleat.

Posted by: SteinL on May 8, 2008 at 1:05 AM | PERMALINK

daily show

Posted by: Blutarski on May 8, 2008 at 1:07 AM | PERMALINK

NYT

Posted by: kubakloth on May 8, 2008 at 1:16 AM | PERMALINK

The Financial Times.

Unmatched breadth of international news coverage - and the articles are shorter and more to the point than the admittedly great (but fewer and longer) stories in the New York Times.

And it has a wonderful, wonderful weekend section on saturdays - Life & Arts, on books, art, etc. To get a taste of the FT pick up this saturday's copy. You won't regret it!

[and no, i don't work for the FT!]

Posted by: Chad on May 8, 2008 at 1:18 AM | PERMALINK

NPR

Posted by: City Elf on May 8, 2008 at 1:30 AM | PERMALINK

BBC. Bitch. Scream. Like Porsche. There is no substitute.

Posted by: BW on May 8, 2008 at 2:06 AM | PERMALINK

I should also point out that I am a Guardian fanatic. My homepage is the Irish Independent, I lived on my NYT subscription for years and every year I spend a month in Europe where the Guardian, IHT and Independent are rarely more than a foot away. But the BBC is unsurpassed in its comprehensive approach to the world. As for faults, the BBC's coverage of Northern Ireland in the 80s and 90s was an embarrassment surpassed only by the US media's coverage of America for the past two decades. Yet, the BBC remains incomparable as a view to the world.

Posted by: BW on May 8, 2008 at 2:18 AM | PERMALINK

TPM

Posted by: Captain Obvious on May 8, 2008 at 3:42 AM | PERMALINK

Vin Scully.

Posted by: on May 8, 2008 at 3:43 AM | PERMALINK

The President's Daily Brief

Posted by: Howard on May 8, 2008 at 3:44 AM | PERMALINK

BBC Radio 4

Posted by: maureen on May 8, 2008 at 4:04 AM | PERMALINK

Late Night Live. - Sooner or later they do a decently in depth interview almost anyone of importance, often before the rest of the world finds out about them. Almost every episode is quality and genuinely very interesting and they run 4/5 nights a week. Can't be beat.

Posted by: swio on May 8, 2008 at 7:21 AM | PERMALINK

BBC

Posted by: Milton on May 8, 2008 at 8:03 AM | PERMALINK

NYTimes online. I'm originally from NY and can't do without the local news....

Posted by: bigapplegeorgiapeach on May 8, 2008 at 8:14 AM | PERMALINK

Looking down this list, I have to say I'm amazed that anyone might possibly choose a blog such as TPM or Kos.

Who might choose one of these blogs, so transparent in their biases and so incapable of restraining them, as their sole source of news? Only someone so committed to indulging their own prejudices that whatever processes go on in their brain can scarcely be described as reasoning anymore.

Which would explain a very great deal about the blogosphere and its commenters.

Posted by: frankly0 on May 8, 2008 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

The Wall Street Journal

I'm suprised I'm the only one. The non-business coverage is getting better, more focus on political, cultural, personal finance, etc., the editorial page is crap but that's fine I just ignore it.

Posted by: David68 on May 8, 2008 at 9:17 AM | PERMALINK

Easily the BBC. Limited only to US sources? McClatchy.

Posted by: bubba on May 8, 2008 at 9:42 AM | PERMALINK

Washington Post

Posted by: THS on May 8, 2008 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

In These Times

Posted by: Alsek on May 8, 2008 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Duh

Posted by: the economist, of course on May 8, 2008 at 9:52 AM | PERMALINK

Financial Times of London--they tend to notice stuff that is happening from 2 to 4 weeks before the rest of the media.

Posted by: PureGuesswork on May 8, 2008 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

Economist, like many others.

And I have to say, if I could read nothing other than the Huffington Post, I would shoot myself.

Posted by: RM on May 8, 2008 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

If I only had one I'd probably get bored and never read, watch, or listen. That said, I'd probably regret not watching the Colbert Report more than I'd regret not reading the NYT.

Posted by: B on May 8, 2008 at 10:05 AM | PERMALINK

NY Times without doubt, the problem with radio and TV is you can't choose what youre hearing/watching at any given time. NY Times has so much content to access and the quality is way above any blog or website (sorry).

Posted by: Liberal Chris on May 8, 2008 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

Christian Science Monitor

Posted by: karin on May 8, 2008 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

BBC World news (website preferably, but TV will do in a pinch)

Posted by: Kevn on May 8, 2008 at 10:52 AM | PERMALINK

cursor.org

best portal. i use daily

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on May 8, 2008 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

TPM

Posted by: SnarkyShark on May 8, 2008 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

With only 1 source, I would take the NYTimes, though I'd sorely miss yours and the blogs of others.

Posted by: saindenver on May 8, 2008 at 11:20 AM | PERMALINK

The Guardian online.

Posted by: Lucia on May 8, 2008 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

Only one? In that case it would be my local newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune. Not because it's a great newpaper (though it's better than it was in its dark ages), but because its the only one that would provide reasonalby decent coverage of national and world news and news of San Diego city and county. Man, am I glad this is hypothetical.
. . . jim strain in san diego.

Posted by: Jim Strain on May 8, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

Only one? In that case it would be my local newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune. Not because it's a great newpaper (though it's better than it was in its dark ages), but because its the only one that would provide reasonably decent coverage of national and world news AND news of San Diego city and county. Man, am I glad this is hypothetical.
. . . jim strain in san diego.

Posted by: Jim Strain on May 8, 2008 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

I like newspapers for the breadth of coverage, and the sports section. C-SPAN's Book TV provides great in depth information, as do their many other broadcasts of issues panels. Even C-SPAN's coverage of all of those conservative stink tanks provides knowledge about the opposition.

Posted by: Brojo on May 8, 2008 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

If I watch any news, it is BBC

I get my news from the internet.

dailykos for the activism.
Talking Points Memo for the news.

Posted by: ken on May 8, 2008 at 12:12 PM | PERMALINK

NYT

Posted by: Nate Levin on May 8, 2008 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

The Guardian. We've subscribed to the Guardian Weekly for decades 'round the world, and now their website is a great all-round source.

Posted by: Jerry on May 8, 2008 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

The NYTimes.

Posted by: Emily on May 8, 2008 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

Talkingpoints Memo, sorry Kevin. But NPR is a close second (On Point or Talk of the Nation for sure.)

Posted by: Blog Hound on May 8, 2008 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Ahhh...i have found my tribe....

NPR

Posted by: survivin in tejas on May 8, 2008 at 1:32 PM | PERMALINK

The Wall Street Journal online.

Posted by: DBL on May 8, 2008 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

The question is very narrow. For "news," meaning reporting events of the day or week, it is a tie between NPR and The New York Times.

But for analysis, culture, arts, history, and wonderful curiosities, go with the best magazine in the world: The New York Review of Books.

Posted by: anoregonreader on May 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

Wikipedia. (Stop laughing --- I'm serious!)

Posted by: goethean on May 8, 2008 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK

I wanted to say Salon.com, but on second thought, I can't imagine life without NPR

Posted by: Dirk Murcray on May 8, 2008 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

www.fark.com is indispensable. Complete with "you'd hit it" pics.

Posted by: PAK on May 8, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

NPR. Of course.

Posted by: rrose on May 8, 2008 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

comments at Eschaton

Posted by: Cougarhutch on May 8, 2008 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

It is amazing that several people picked a comedy show. That tells you how bad news reporting in this country is. The Guardian chose the fifty or 100 top pundits the top three liberals were comedians. It reminds me how far we have to go. There was a time when the only black people allowed on TV were comedians. Liberal voices are not welcome in the mainstream.

Posted by: cheflovesbeer on May 8, 2008 at 6:38 PM | PERMALINK

I love TPM, as well as this blog, but I don't think I'd classify either of them as news sources, since they're mostly commentary and analysis.

My obvious first choice is NPR, and more specifically, WYNC. I already go through withdrawls when I can't listen.

Posted by: David Caddock on May 8, 2008 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

I love TPM, as well as this blog, but I don't think I'd classify either of them as news sources, since they're mostly commentary and analysis.

My obvious first choice is NPR, and more specifically, WYNC. I already go through withdrawls when I can't listen.

Posted by: David Caddock on May 8, 2008 at 6:40 PM | PERMALINK

Nobody said Dick Cheney. I guess W hasn't commented yet.

Posted by: JJF on May 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM | PERMALINK

NYT

Posted by: Obama/Webb 08 on May 8, 2008 at 10:14 PM | PERMALINK

Talking Points Memo

Posted by: Pat on May 8, 2008 at 10:42 PM | PERMALINK

Another vote for the Financial Times. Best damn newsletter in the world.

Posted by: grumpy realist on May 8, 2008 at 11:12 PM | PERMALINK

The Economist.

Posted by: omonubi on May 9, 2008 at 12:08 AM | PERMALINK

My answer at a dinner party - BBC World Service
The truth - Playboy

Posted by: What would Hef do? on May 9, 2008 at 12:22 AM | PERMALINK

On Point (radio show)

Posted by: Lauren on May 9, 2008 at 1:09 AM | PERMALINK

The Economist

Posted by: allbetsareoff on May 9, 2008 at 1:22 AM | PERMALINK

Financial Times.

Posted by: 22state on May 9, 2008 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

Archie Comics, That Jughead is quite the actor.

Posted by: W on May 9, 2008 at 11:55 AM | PERMALINK

It would be a telegraph. That way I'd only get very short snippets as in, "FIRE SWEEPING THROUGH DALLAS STOP" without any goddamn punditry.

As it is, I'm an internet addict.

Posted by: nitpicker on May 9, 2008 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK
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