Friday, January 10, 2014

Favorite Websites: Voice of America

Voice of America

News sites and networks tend to drive me crazy. They often are very biased and seem to be more interested in number of views than in providing unbiased information. Well surprise!  I have found what I think is a good unbiased news site that is big on facts and short on opinion.

The Voice of America (VOA) started during WWII as a counter to Nazi propaganda. For some reason during World War II, miracle of miracles, the government actually seemed to do things the right way!  VOA to this day has kept to it's mission "to promote freedom and democracy and to enhance understanding through multimedia communication of accurate, objective, and balanced news, information and other programming about America and the world to audiences overseas.

Voice of America is available on-line and as a mobile app and still has that same high standards that Voice of America has had for decades. The site is pretty and clean and free of ads. The news is balanced, verified, and spin free. I feel that VOA is the BBC of the US, except that almost nobody in the US knows about it. 

The Rating uses G, PG, PG-13, and R while the other categories use A for the best that I know of,B for good but others might be better,C is average, D below average, and F is just terrible. 
  • Rating G Voice of America is fine for any age.
  • Quality A Voice of America is a professional news service run by professional journalists. 
  • Unbiased A That is the goal of Voice of America. It was created with a simple idea at the heart. If you tell the truth, people will trust you. Odds are some will not feel it is unbiased, but you can not make everyone happy. 
  • Community N/A Voice of America does not have forums at all. Which is great because let's face it most comments on news sites are pure rubbish.
  • Depth A Every bit as good as any news site.
  • Overall A I feel that Voice of America is one of those lost gems. It is a great news site if a little bland. The thing is I do not want anyone else to decide how to spice up my news. As Sergeant Friday used to say on Dragnet, "Just the facts".

More about Voice of America.

The wikipedia article about Voice of America
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