Finding Various Views


Aug 19, 2002
One of the things that I keep carping about is that folks need to not only read the news about what''s going on, but to consider the source and that source''s bias(es). Sometimes, that''s pretty hard to do since we come across articles at various times.
However, a nifty tool to help is the GOOGLE.COM news search engine. It lumps related subjects about a topic together, along with links to the source article. And, not only that, tells you how long ago the articles were released -- often in terms of "1 hour ago" or "2 hours ago".
Click on "advanced search"
use NEWS SEARCH (BETA), and search for US AIRWAYS
The search I just did brought up 207 articles from the past week from literally all over the world -- the Hindustan Times is reporting about the miscommunicaiton that led to two fighters escorting one of our planes to BWI today. And there are 5 sources for the story about the company wanting to void labor contracts. Of course, one of those 5 is MSN "news" which is frequently a reprint of a Reuter''s story, so I generally ignore them.
The search isn''t as comprehensive as one could wish (it is beta, afterall!), and there was no mention about the CWA agreement just in searching on US Airways.
But, for those of you looking for ways to broaden the information you''re getting,''s News Search offers you a fine starting point (and an easy one).

You're obviously one of the ones who can be led by the nose -- and never even know you're being manipulated. [:)]

The point isn't "political correctness" or "divergent views". The point is that if you don't bother to get as much information from as many sources as possible, you won't have a clue about how a single source of information may be trying to manipulate you.

In plainer terms, you don't want to be spun. The news you get is going to be selective from the company -- they want you to act in a certain manner, and they will give you ONLY the information that they believe will convince you to do what they want you to do. Same with the union (any of 'em) -- they are going to be tell you the pieces they want you to know so you'll vote (or not) to get the outcome they want. Information is selective from various business sources, depending upon that source's own purpose in providing the information to start with. Now, if you don't know how to piece together information from a variety of sources to get a complete picture (what doesn't the company want you to know?), you can't make an informed decision. That goes for any aspect of life and any decision you make.

The guy with the most information and the know-how to use it always wins.

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