What’s in my Media Diet?

I’m not someone who has every news app known to man downloaded on their phone. To be honest, I only check news when I hear something big happened. I know I could be better, but watching the news every single day would only make me sad considering most headlines are about war, crime or politics.

Though I typically avoid being an avid news reader, when I want to know what’s going on around me or just browse the latest headlines, I turn to my phone and go online to Fox News. It does have a slant if you rely on their talk shows, such as the O’Reilly Factor or Sean Hannity. Their news stories don’t seem to have a slant, but I am aware of the opinions of the talk show hosts and I try to keep that in mind when I read their articles. Overall, I choose Fox because it’s what I grew up watching (when we watched news at home, at least.)

Fox News logo, courtesy of www.foxnews.com
Fox News logo, courtesy of http://www.foxnews.com


I trust Fox News because it’s what I’m used to and they haven’t let me down. Every so often, especially when politics are involved, I try to look at the headlines on NBC and CNN too just to see what they’re talking about and if they line up with Fox. This comes in handy during an election year so I can be informed from multiple sources on the candidates and research their stances more.

Even if I don’t catch up on the latest headlines everyday, I talk to my dad a lot about the news. It’s a little tough to do so lately, since we don’t live in the same house anymore. When I am home, which is at least once a month, I tend to talk to him about major things that have been going on around us. We usually talk about things regarding the military and politics because we see eye to eye on those topics. When we talk about other things, it’s not uncommon for me to agree with him majority of the time as well.

I may not be very good at checking up on political and world news, but I am a sucker for pop culture and I have notifications sent to my email from E! News so I don’t miss a thing. I love E! News because I’m interested in music and movies so I can go to their site and keep up on everything my favorite celebrities are up to. I want to work as a red carpet correspondent, so I have to be on ball with all the latest celebrity gossip and prepare for my future, of course. I love their show as well; it’s entertaining, fun and light-hearted.

E! News Hosts, courtesy of www.mariamenounos.com.
E! News Hosts, courtesy of http://www.mariamenounos.com.

E! News may not have hard-hitting, serious stories all the time, but I do think they’re informative. The biggest story I can remember is when Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover was announced. This is how Caitlyn made her debut and it was a huge deal. In fact, it became the cover of the year. Caitlyn Jenner has become a huge figure in the transgender community since her appearance in the magazine.

If I didn’t pay attention to E! News, I might not have gotten the emails about Caitlyn Jenner and I wouldn’t have recognized how important her story was. Aside from that story, there are other headlines, such as announcements for new movies and music coming out. Those things are very important to me and being able to know about them right away is really helpful.

Other than Fox and E! News, I don’t really look anywhere else for the latest headlines. That being said, I think I can definitely improve my media diet and check other news sources more often. I should be more informed on the latest events in the U.S. as well as the world because they are important. I shouldn’t let the negativity prevent me from being aware of my world around me and thinking about the latest issues and where I stand.



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