I make an effort to watch news on many channels. Many evenings, after Jeopardy (my favorite) I see O’Reilly, then Hannity, then van Susteran (a scientologist, I understand). Sometimes, if I’m home, I see Beck. Even Cavuto.
But I also check out CNN, probably the most objective of the 24-hour all-news channels. And msnbc, which is sort-of Fox in reverse.
Here are a few of many conclusions I have come to. I rather like O'Reilly as he shows some semblance of fairness, though I can't stomach either guests Miller or Morris. Hannity is hardshell everything-possible-about-Obama is terrible. Van Susteran isn't bad, a bit biased toward the right but not usually offensively so.
Matthews, Schultz, Olbermann and that woman - forgot her name. Darrow or something vaguely like that, Anyway, as I've noted, they tend to be like Fox - very prejudiced, on the liberal side. Rarely objective.
As for Beck, he's an entertainer and a comedian and doesn't deserve to be considered a legitimate commentator. I taught history along the way and - wow! - how he distorts US history, and with a straight face. Well, usually with a smirk, He wins listeners by his clever twisting of facts (exploiting widespread lack of knowledge), his chalk board maneuvers, etc. He tries to play it a bit safe by praising Dr. King, whose position on most things runs totally counter to Beck's. I presume he uses King as 'cover'. I've found it interesting, and perhaps significant, that Beck, raised a Catholic became a Mormon. He certainly does his best to wave the flag and exploit religion. He really is a clown posing as a serious newsman.
My favorite stations are the C-Spans where we tend to get a wide variety of opinions, plus Morning Journal from 7-10 most mornings with its call-ins. They also televise both the Senate and House and many other special events.
Wish I had nothing to do but watch the news, and probably spend too much time already. Politically, I'm independent, voted GOP a long time, now usually split my ticket. The Republican Party nationally has generally drifted a bit too far right for my taste. That seemed to happen when it began to carry the old Confederacy. Guess I'm one of those wimpy middle-roaders. Fiscally conservative, morally conservative, too, but do have an antipathy toward unnecessary wars (and those who pushed us into Iraq). I also believe strongly in equality for all Americans - 'with liberty and justice for all'! I am a King admirer, though he wasn't a saint, but a brilliant and courageous man who laid down his life for a better America. In contrast, Sharpton and Jesse annoy me and they injure the African-American community. (I'm white.)
Oh, one other thing. This constant chant by Rush, Hannity, Palin and others, charging the mainstream media with being bias, is mostly malarkey. MSNBC is, true. And Fox. But I find regular news on CBS, NBC and ABC quite objective. People with a firm bias in one or another direction naturally view them as partisan. They get assailed by left and right. They do their best to be objective. And the attacks on the NY Times are foolish. It's a superb newspaper and I've read it for many decades now. Various Times columnists are liberal or conservative, as is true of any good newspaper. But no other paper provides the news at home and abroad with such depth and detail. I haven't heard or read the news each day until I have read the Times.
Probably that's more than you care to know.
God bless his children of all colors, creeds and countries.