Which is objectively the best newspaper/site?

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Poll: Which newspaper do you think is the best at the given criteria?
The Times (10)
14.29%
The Guardian/Observer (11)
15.71%
The Telegraph (9)
12.86%
The Independant (4)
5.71%
The Herald (0)
0%
BBC News (19)
27.14%
Sky News (0)
0%
Huffington Post (2)
2.86%
i (2)
2.86%
Daily Mail (5)
7.14%
Daily Express (0)
0%
The Sun (0)
0%
Daily Mirror (0)
0%
Metro (1)
1.43%
Private Eye (1)
1.43%
Other (6)
8.57%
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Whilst newspapers and other news sources attribute a lot of their success to their respective political leanings and sensationalism, the fact remains that if we consider newspapers to have the primary purpose of informing the public, then a good newspaper should:

  • Cover news stories with respect to their actual importance and relevance to the general public
  • Report facts accurately and not manipulate data to make things seem more/less important than they actually are
  • Keeps sensationalism to a minimum
  • Not be political and give all sides of the story an equal consideration
  • Be clear and well written
  • Inform the public

Of course we can argue about what exactly we mean by a good newspaper, but for the purposes of this thread I mean a news source that fulfills the above objectives and best fits the criteria of informing the general public well.

Please note that I am not asking for which newspaper you like the most, I am asking for which newspaper you think is the best at the above criteria. If I've left the source that you think is the best out, I'm sorry, there are only limited options! I've left out specialist publications like scientific journals and agencies like Reuters because I'm specifically talking about sources aimed towards the general public. I've also obviously left out different versions of the same newspaper, i.e. Times and Sunday Times and I've only included UK news sources to keep the numbers down.

EDIT: I should have made an option for 'none', which is definitely what I think. Sorry about that!
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I don't think there are any because if there were they would be so bland and probably not get noticed by anyone. I think that newspapers are biased and subjective to some degree, after all they are written and edited by people who put their own slant on things and often that slant is what they share with their colleagues or with the readership. They also might choose to be objective on some things and not others, or they may choose to report objectively but propagandise an element of their reporting whenever the opportunity presents itself. Sometimes this can happen naturally, sometimes it is done deliberately. These are the agenda-setting newspapers like the Daily Mail, for example. It is a diversion media. I think that all forms of mainstream media are propaganda.
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Whoever said the mail

i will hunt you down
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Probably the Associated Press website.
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BBC news is an excellent site. No political bias. Has all the stories. Can't really go wrong if you wan't to know what's happened.

Of all the newspapers, I'd say The Times.
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BBC News.

To go more in depth I'd probably use The Guardian to be honest. Excellent culture section.
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(Original post by paradoxicalme)
Whoever said the mail

i will hunt you down
The Mail was actually the first vote, to my horror. I don't even know why I put the tabloids in the poll, that was just asking for trouble.

(Original post by CJG21)
BBC news is an excellent site. No political bias. Has all the stories. Can't really go wrong if you wan't to know what's happened.
Of all the newspapers, I'd say The Times.
Not entirely sure if I agree with your analysis there. The BBC has been in trouble many times, most recently for giving too much publicity for climate change skeptics. I don't think the Times is good at all, having had first hand experience of dodgy reporting.
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The Guardian is no more objective than the Daily Mail.

I would say that the i or Metro are the most objective.
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The Guardian is no more objective than the Daily Mail.

I would say that the i or Metro are the most objective.
No it's not, the Guardian is the paradigm to the Daily Mail's right wing views.
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has to be the Telegraph
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Reuters? AP?

I don't read them, but that's where major newspaper get their sources, right?
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No it's not, the Guardian is the paradigm to the Daily Mail's right wing views.
The Guardian is the model or example to the Daily Mails' right-wing views?
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Telegraph for me.
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Reuters? AP?

I don't read them, but that's where major newspaper get their sources, right?
Yes, but as I wrote in my OP, I'm talking about 'consumer' news organisations. Most people don't get their news directly from Reuters!
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The Economist! ^^
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For current affairs the Times, Guardian or Telegraph are equally good candidates.

The Financial Times is the best paper outright though.
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Anything not owned by Murdoch, and anything that doesn't have a obvious political party preference.

I said BBC.
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How any one has said Guardian I have no idea, biased left wing. So is the BBC although they are slightly less biased.

The left wing liberal tree hugging idiots are out in force on this website.
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(Original post by Yi-Ge-Ningderen)
Guardian
+1.

I don't think it's quite the best print newspaper but it has much the best site, for depth and user-friendliness. Nice one.
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I'd say the BBC. While I think they have a slight general underlying bias (pro Labour, EU, immigration, Palestine, Climate change) they don't actively go out of their way to mislead people like a lot of media frequently do, don't engage in sensationalism, and they're certainly the most respectful and informative news organisation.
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