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For News Junkies

It’s been my experience through this blog and in the world outside it that elders I know pay more attention to news and politics than some of the younger people I know. Perhaps, having passed through the busiest period of our lives - building careers, raising children, etc. - we have more time for concern about the world around us.

For an extreme news and political junkie like me, the advent of worldwide newspapers online has been treasure trove of easy access to information that was previously hard to find and often involved a trip to the library.

Now, thanks for the internet, one of my late-life pleasures is to follow a particular story online through newspapers of differing stripes and political points of view based in the U.S., Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, Africa and South America.

You soon get to know the voices, personalities and political leanings of the newspapers as they choose different facts to emphasize to go along with the interests and imperatives of their country of origin, and often add their own original reporting. In the end, a reader has more complete information on which to form opinions.

So I had a good laugh last week when I ran across the following list from Maureen, an ex-pat American who blogs at The View from England. Like so many of these lists, it may have been around for years and you've already seen it, but it is new to me and is closely on target for these U.S. newspapers:

  1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.
  2. The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.
  3. The Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country.
  4. USA Today is read by people who think they ought to run the country but don't really understand The Washington Post. They do, however like the smog statistics shown in pie charts.
  5. The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn't have to leave L.A. to do it.
  6. The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country.
  7. The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country, and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.
  8. The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country either, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.
  9. The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country, or that anyone is running it, but whoever it is, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are a handicapped minority, feministic atheist dwarfs, who also happen to be illegal aliens from any country or galaxy as long as they are Democrats.
  10. The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country, but need the baseball scores.


Thanks, Ronni, I like a good laugh on a Monday morning :)

This was one of those mornings when I e-mailed Steve, "Go read Ronni this morning."

That was so funny!

I suspect this is an Americanisation of a old UK joke - although it may well have come teh other way.

The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country;
The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country;
The Times is read by people who actually do run the country;
The Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country;
The Financial Times is read by people who own the country;
The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country;
The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it already is.
The Sun is read by people who don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big tits.

:) Both versions are too funny!

Very amusing. I note that since I began writing my blog and reading so many others, I don't give a fig for the news and politics usually bores me silly. We all get too much bad news these days - so I try to minimize the amount that gets into my head.

News junkies might like newmap--a graphic representation of each day's most popular stories on Google News.

It's color-coded by topic (World, Nation, Business, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Health) and by country (All, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Deutschland, India, Italia, New Zealand, Espana, UK, US).

Headlines link to the original story. Newsmap shows graphically the differences between countries in what is considered newsworthy and how it's slanted toward its readership.

Ian: That's terrific. And I like having them both in one place.

M Sinclair: That is so cool. Thanks for the link.

What a good laugh to come home to after a busy day.

Have enjoyed the Google link, too.

This is too funny. Both versions made my day.

HA!!! I love them both.

I guess it also explains why, though I use most as source material for my blog, I tend to gravitate to WaPo and the Guardian. :-)

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