Guest Post: Dylan Ratigan - "What I Read"

From Dylan Ratigan, first posted in The Atlantic

Dylan Ratigan: What I Read

How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts and the literary world, to hear their answers to these questions. This is drawn from a conversation with Dylan Ratigan, the host of MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show and author of the forthcoming book Greedy Bastards.

So the way my world works is I wake up and I check my BlackBerry, which is a uranium mine of information. The reason it's so rich with information is I have the benefit of all my legacy brokerage and financial research coming into it, I have all the current NBC clippings and headlines (from tsunami coverage to Casey Anthony to the White House) and I have my Twitter feed, which is probably the best monitor of what's breaking. For my first pass, I look at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and all the major news organizations' Twitter feeds. On the second pass, I'm looking at the financial universe: the price of oil, currency pricings, etc. Then I'll log onto my computer and check the homepages of The Huffington Post, Politico, Zero Hedge, The New York Times and Financial Times and I'll read Naked Capitalism just to see what Yves Smith is saying about the banking system. I don't subscribe to any print media. I wouldn't read a newspaper now unless you put a gun to my head and even then I would really try to negotiate with you. It's not that I reject the content, it's that I reject the format.

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