Who do you trust?

Who do you trust?” was a television series hosted by Johnny Carson that ran during the years around when I was born. It might be called a precursor to reality TV since it was filmed live and Carson was known for his ability to react to the unexpected.

The words come to mind today as I consider the question in terms of reliable fact-based information. Ultimately, the financial advice that I offer to clients in my day-to-day practice is only as good as the information I have available.

This list (or very similar lists) of reliable fact-based news has been repeated in a number of publications. This post is my effort to trim, consolidate and condense the list into something manageable for my on purposes. Stated another way in modern social media terms, these are the accounts I most prefer to see on my Twitter feed.

Here are the sources I trust to report facts:

  • The Associated Press
  • Reuters
  • BBC
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Forbes magazine
  • Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine
  • Fortune magazine
  • The Financial Times newspaper
  • Bloomberg News
  • National Public Radio
  • Time magazine
  • USA Today
  • CNN
  • NBC News
  • CBS News
  • ABC News
  • The New York Times
  • The Economist
  • The New Yorker
  • Foreign Affairs
  • The Atlantic
  • Politico
  • The Los Angeles Times (and other regional, metropolitan daily newspapers)
  • The Washington Post

An omission of a name does not mean that I don’t trust them, but rather that I do not regularly use them.

I’ve also arranged this trustworthy list more or less in the order in which I perceive that the writers and fact checkers are removed from a theme of personal or corporate political opinion. While political opinion does not influence the facts per se, it does raise the point, as Colbert says, that “reality has a liberal bias“.

In coincidentally timed news from the Trump administration Friday that is believed to affect the quality of financial advice available to the public, I referred to an older article “Who to trust for financial advice” in this related blog post.


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