I don't think anyone has mentioned NPR.
I listen to this alot although I don't necessarily share the opinion of a majority of their angles or callers. But it is interesting because alot of time they will go alot more in depth then the typical 30 second sound bite on the story. They also tend to get some decent people for their interview or debate shows and often you will hear some interesting new perspectives or commentary.
I tend to watch the local ABC news affiliate in the morning as I get up at 0400 and there is not much else on. Mostly for weather and traffic and to see what the herd is going to get it's panties in a bunch about that day. Keep in mind that in my dealings WITH the media....about the only parts of the newscast I take seriously are the cooking segments or local entertainment pieces.
I usually switch to FOX at 0700 to keep up on the traffic before I leave and because I can't stand the National shows that come on then. It's like they can't decide what to report on....the intricacies of Wall Street or who J Lo is sucking off this week. Make up your mind.
On the way to work I listen to WTOP (local news station) and NPR.
At work I have CNN alerts to my desktop and often browse CNN.com while I eat lunch or sit on an especially boring conference call. I have noticed that CBS Market Watch does get their email alerts about the news out alot faster then CNN sometimes. They beat them about the Tyco mistrial yesterday by abot five minutes. Not that I care. Just find it amusing. Like watching snails race.
Same news on the way home. In the evening we somtimes watch the evening news if a big snow storm is coming or something interesting happened but I usually don't fuss with it until the morning again.
There are other news sources availiable to those in this area with certain types of access and clearance and for IMPORTANT news...I pick up my phone or drive to another site. 99% of the time the REAL facts and data are not on the tv or radio and you are never gonna have them unless you know who to talk to. Like the Chandra Levey deal. You find out a hell of alot more over a cup of coffee with a cop in the department then the news will ever tell you. Same with government contractors...every once in a while the Post or some other source will get a nugget but it is so filtered and watered down or skewed by the time they get it, it's hard not to laugh.
Nah, for REAL news I go to the source or someone involved. THEN you get the good stuff. 99% of the news on TV is so far from things or has such a spin on it that it is useless. ANyone who knows how CNN was used in the first Gulf War knows what I mean. And remember the whole DC Sniper thing? LOL
I worked on that and was in the briefings for our department and it was almost hysterical what the news was doing vs what was really going on.