By: Hugh Brown
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – In the current world filled with extreme partisanship and “fake news,” it’s hard to find reliable sources for your news. Almost all cable TV is considered biased, and with newspapers like “The New York Times” or ” The Washington Post,” there’s simply so much information it’s hard to navigate through everything to find human interest stories.
YouTube can be a great place to find news that aligns more with entertainment than real world events. Philip Defranco of youtube.com/philipdefranco delivers a perfect balance of world news with entertainment and internet drama.
Releasing 12-20 minute episodes Monday-Friday, Philip Defranco has a team of people who fact check and verify that what he is saying is accurate and unbiased. The show is not just about news however, Defranco also makes a point to give his opinion on topics he covers. Unlike more heavily opinionated political commentators such as Ben Shapiro, Defranco simply says his opinion on a story and promotes discussion in the comments section.
“That’s the story and my thoughts but as always I want to hear what you guys have to say, so let me know what you think in the comments section down below,” says Defranco after reporting on the 2018 midterm election results.
Defranco simply has an all-around likable personality. His videos, normally released at 5 p.m., have become a staple of my afternoon routine. I finish class, walk into Clet and watch a 20 minute recap of the important events that happened that day while eating dinner.
As people get increasingly informed with world politics, it can be tough to break into paying attention to news. Some people simply don’t like reading or listening to politics as much as celebrity news. That is why Defranco is so great, he supplies a mix of politics for those who want it, but will also cover drama about Shane Dawson’s newest online documentary. If the news does not interest you, it’s easy to skip. Personally, I find myself listening to the entire episode just because Defranco is someone I enjoy listening to.
Watch “The Philip Defranco Show” at youtube.com/philipdefranco.