I got this letter from a friend long in Thailand:
Looking at my continual warnings that I am about to reach my limit of free articles with various news organs, I wonder what you do to keep informed without breaking the bank. Embarrassing to say, dating from my first email account (opened with the help of a young guy at an Internet cafe in Thailand in 1995) I still have Yahoo as my home page (blushes). That has been pretty awful, but Idon't know where to turn for better sources. I mostly just skim over news, and that is doable on a free basis, but is there a more cost effective way to dig into real content than sending hundreds of dollars a year to the 'Grey Lady'?
Well in the first place R, I think Yahoo is still my homepage too. Don't be too embarrassed, I'm not. I just never look at it. If you were still on AOL we could all rightfully laugh at you. But Yahoo doesn't cause many snickers. I have one of the earliest yahoo accounts on my pacbell.net email.
The question of where I turn for news is a good one. My first stop is always Google News. Why? It is an uber aggregator, concise, thorough and most importantly, neutral. I hate news with a spin. I had to turn off Rachel Maddow today because it was so smarmy and self congratulatory and I equally abhor Fox. Give me the news straight up and I will spin it myself, I don't want or need any favors.
Beyond that I can and do go just about anywhere, from Alternet to Breitbart and all stops in between. Townhall is a good place to take the pulse of the right, Daily Kos or Mother Jones on the left. NPR. WSJ when I can get through the payscreen. WaPo where I am usually forced to read headlines because body is often restricted. Sometimes I get lucky. The only one I pay for is the New York Times. Los Angeles Times is now a total joke.
Huffington Post is pretty good but you have to read about Kanye or somebody's nipple slip. Talking Points Memo is a necessity.
But it all starts with Google News.