由约翰·胡德（John Hood），约翰·洛克基金会（John Locke Foundation）和NC SPIN小组成员，2015年3月4日。
But broadcasting should make up only part of an active citizen’s 新闻 consumption — and, frankly, not the largest share of it. If you want to learn a great deal about a broad range of issues, there is no substitute for reading good journalism. You should read spot 新闻, explanatory pieces, investigative work, and opinion columns from multiple sources.
Alas, many of us don’t vary our 新闻 diets. According to the Pew surveys, conservatives rely heavily on Fox News and talk radio. Liberals rely heavily on MSNBC, CNN, and National Public Radio. And when we read, we also tend to seek out publications that mostly reinforce our preexisting views. Liberals read 纽约时报。保守派阅读 华尔街日报。自由主义者访问《赫芬顿邮报》和《每日科斯报》，查找他们想要的在线内容。保守派访问Drudge Report和Breitbart.com进行相同的操作。
In some ways, the situation is an obvious improvement over the 新闻 consumption patterns of a generation or two ago. We have more choices, and are no longer hostage to the 新闻 judgments and biases of the small handful of producers and editors who acted as gatekeepers for the mainstream media.
The downside, however, is that we often live in separate media realities. We don't see, hear, or read the 新闻 and commentary that others do. If you lean to the Left, you may have no earthly idea why so many of your fellow citizens think taxes are too high, welfare programs are counterproductive, and private gun ownership is an indispensable right. If you lean to the Right, you might be puzzled by President Obama’s recent decisions on immigration, health care, and foreign policy.
I am vulnerable to the same temptations and prejudices as everyone else. So I’m making a concerted effort to vary my 新闻 diet. I’m reading 华盛顿邮报 in addition to the 华尔街日报。 （不，我无法带自己去阅读 时报 —毕竟我确实有标准。）我正在听NPR报道的华盛顿事件，并阅读 大西洋组织, 新共和国和 美国前景 提高我对自由主义论点和观点的理解。
如果您是左派人士，建议您偶尔收听广播电台，并确保定期阅读良好的保守派或自由主义新闻。查看 国家评论, 原因和 每周标准， 例如。您可能不会找到很多您同意的东西。但是，您将更好地了解他人的想法。您可能还会发现，因为您正在锻炼自己的智力，所以可以更清楚，更有说服力地表达自己的观点。
I’m not a handwringer. I don’t believe our Republic is doomed because media consumption has fragmented. I place a high value on choice and competition. I hated the pre-Internet age when three networks and a few national papers and wire services could determine what the 新闻 was and how it would be spun to their largely captive audiences.
But I do think the pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. Start with your local 新闻paper — it’s still indispensable. Then add in 新闻 and analysis from a variety of other sources. You may be surprised how much difference it makes.
The people have a choice about where the get their 新闻 and perhaps more to the point of these hand wringing polls, political advertising. The people have a choice to register to vote, to actually vote, and for whom to actually vote.
我听"news" on National Government Radio (aka NPR) every morning and find my views as a libertarian strongly reinforced although I doubt that is always the purpose of the segment. I personally prefer reading several 新闻 aggregation 网站s each day which contain links to a wide variety of 新闻 outlets. I am old enough to remember the 60s when the only 新闻 most people could get was from a local 新闻paper or two and the three major network half hour local 新闻 report and half hour national 新闻 report. I can assure you that today is vastly better than that.