What publications do you read?
by Ben P, Tue Mar 01, 2005 at 08:22:39 PM EST
Firstly, my (more or less) daily reads (non-blog form):
NYTimes - yes, I've taken my shots at the "old grey lady" (and it deserves them), but this is still learned America's paper. Liberal-ish, but not as liberal as conservatives think, it remains the standard.
WaPo - its editorial page is rather gormless and tends (at least under Fred Hiatt's auspices) to be a "stenographer to power." But I think the WaPo has arguably the best political reporting in the country. But really, I read it (and I got my girlfriend to read it) because it is to American politics what the WSJ is to American business.
The Guardian - the best liberal English language news source in the world, IMO. The liberal counterpart to the Economist. For me (as a British citizen, perhaps I'm a bit biased), British media is in some ways the best media in the world to read because: unlike the US media, it tends to be less solipsistic and self-absorbed and more cosmopolitan (because Britons are forced to look outside their borders in a way Americans aren't), it tends to be much less deferential to power, and yet it benefits from sharing a language with the world's main superpower. Essentially the Bible of learned opinion amongst the British intelligentsia, particularly of New Labour.
Le Monde - now, probably most of you don't read French, and I don't read it especially well (I'm in the process of learning). But LeMonde, for me, is kind of the European version of the NYT - a "paper of record" for Continental Europe.
The Economist - a weekly, but it is the ideal counterpoint to the left-leaning Guardian. I don't agree with the Economist a lot of the time, but it is always worth reading. For me, the Economist represents the thinking of the American business/opinion leader class better than the WSJ (primarily because the WSJ's ed page is wingnut central). In terms of CW, a good counterpart to the WaPo(not counterpoint - its editorial slant is essentially the same, although its beat is the global economy, not US politics).
Less frequently consulted sources:
The Financial Times - the "Bible" of the "City," or Britain's equivalent of Wall Street. Excellent for its coverage of global political economy, and interesting to compare to the WSJ - shows the difference between the European and the American business classes worlviews - a subtle, but important distinction. For example, both are pro-globalization, but the WSJ strongly backed the Iraq War; the FT didn't
The New Republic - another CW Bible, this time, the Bible for inside the beltway Dems. It takes a lot of flak on this website, and the presence of increasingly loony Martin Peretz is a distraction. But its reporting is good on the whole, and one can get a good beat on what the Washington Dems are thinking by reading it. I'm an online subscriber.
WSJ - yeah, its editorial page is wingnutty. But the rest of the paper is solid - arguably, its reporting is better than that of the NYTimes on a number of issues. The kind of thing I will buy in an airport. Its webpages are generally firewalled to nonsubscribers (and I ain't forking out the 90 odd bucks they want from me)
The New Left Review - a bi-monthly that publishes on a diverse set of topics with writers from all over the world. Not surprisingly, it is a left wing publication, but it is a real left wing publication. More Americans could benefit from seeing such views - the Democrats would suddenly seem pretty damn conservative in comparison (which, of course, they really are). Similar to the Economist in its cosmopolitanism, its much weightier stuff than any domestic left wing rag.
Foreign Affairs - kind of a CW foreign policy bimonthly journal that espouses a kind of center-right, neo-liberal line not unsimilar to the Economist or the WaPo editorial page. A number of very important articles have been published here, including George Kennan's "Mr.X" piece outlining the US Cold War policy of containment, Samuel Huntingdon's "Clash of Civilizations" trailer, and most recently, a very important piece by JL Gaddis on Bush's foreign policy mistakes and successes. This journal is often used as a way of not-so-subtely getting a point across to those in power.
Foreign Policy - somewhat similar to Foreign Affairs, but tends to be more eclectic in the political view points it publishes. I've read stuff in the same issue by a radicals like Slavoj Zizek and rightwingers like Max Boot.
Anyway, this is where I get my news. Where do you get yours?