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The Economist: The week ahead

By The Economist

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Description

Editors and correspondents of The Economist discuss the events shaping the world next week, in the studio and in the field. Published on Economist Radio every Friday.

Customer Reviews

"The Economist" edition May 15, 2009 - Great for auditory learners!!

I've been a "The Economist" reader for many years and certainly enjoy their angle on world events. Actually, my being a "fan" comes from wanting to read current events/news from a journal that has a non-U.S. perspective and this magazine/pod cast/Internet source does just that. I'm certainly not saying (OK, typing) that American newspapers/magazines are completely biased, though some amount of bias does naturally creep in simply because they are, for the most part, typed by U.S. citizens. Being a native-born American, I do feel our journalists do a superb job of being unbiased - compared to the remainder of the globe, yet there's never a COMPLETELY, 100% unbiased accounting of the news to date by anyone! Knowing this, I think the best way to get a realistic view of what's going on in the world is to get our (U.S.) view/s and one (or more, preferably) relatively unbiased non-American view/s [make your own choice/s here] and then compare them all to weed out inconsistencies...ergo, you now have at best 97.5% truth [OK, I'm an optimist], albeit with a very little "t." Finally, since I'm somewhat auditory in my learning style, I lean on this mode (Podcasts via Apple - oh, I'm a certified 100% Apple admirer - we, my family, have many Apple products [e.g. MacBook Pro 15" 2.2Ghz - 2007 version w/ Leopard OS, iPod Touch, etc.] & have been completely happy with all of them) to gain the most from "The Economist" - a superb and "well-worth-the-money" publication! Give it a try and you'll agree...and no, I'm not in the pay of this publication. Smile.

The best world magazine

Brilliant coverage of world events!

Not Objective

Usually The Economist provides well written, well researched, and objective news reporting. Sadly, though, this did not occur in a recent broadcast in their other podcast format. Specifically, I refer to their reporting on capital punishment -- the death penalty -- written in light of Amnesty International's upcoming report on the practice.
Instead of objective and neutral reporting, the presenters' personal feelings were clearly evident. Indeed, the copy could have been taken directly from Amnesty International's own write ups.
Not that Amnesty International is wrong in its point of view, but The Economist has the job of reporting the news when reporting and giving personal opinion when commenting. Sadly, they mixed up the two roles in their report and for that reason I am dropping my subscription. I urge you not to subscribe.

The Economist: The week ahead
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  • Category: News & Politics
  • Language: English

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