I check the news occasionally on the Interwebs.
I don’t listen to the radio if I can possibly help it and I certainly never watch daytime television so the Interweb is my only resource.
Now I can understand the problem. There are tons of sites out there at our fingertips and the newspaper owned sites are losing revenue as people stop buying the papery version so everyone is competing for those all important clicks.
My list of sites is short.
For Irish news I used to use the Irish Times, but they started throwing up irritating nags about subscribing so I binned them.
Another Irish site is The Journal. That was sort of okay but they recently redesigned it and it is a right pain in the arse now, with massive banner graphics and tons of scrolling. Whoever passed that site as a “good design” should be shot. I’m sticking with them simply because they are usually up to date even if they do rip off news from other sites and also fill their pages with irritating “sponsored posts” and silly quizzes.
For foreign news I started using the BBC. But they have sunk down into the cesspit of click-baits. On their front page today they have such gems as “Family of football legend Ali Daei stopped from leaving” [who the fuck is he and why should I give a shit?], or “Russian sausage tycoon Pavel Antov dies in Indian hotel fall” [What the fuck?]. I’m on the verge of dropping them.
Seeing as the major sites were sinking to tabloid levels I decided to check one or two. The Daily Mail is pure gold! Here I can read my horoscope and catch up on Kim Kardashian [I still haven’t a fucking clue who she is or why I should be in the slightest bit interested]. The main item today to have us gasping over our cornflakes is “‘DEAD’ SON IS ALIVE!” in letters big enough to stop a bus. Classic stuff? Who can resist that? There also seems to be as much cleavage and bikinis as any one site can handle.
For my real honest straightforward honest to God news though I shall continue to use Waterford Whispers.