How do other people deal with the torrent of information that pours down on us all? What sources can't they live without? To find out, we regularly reach out to well-informed people to learn more about their media diets. This is taken from a conversation with Rep. Barney Frank, the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Financial Services. It has been edited for clarity and length.
In the morning, if we're in session, I read The New York Times, Congress Daily, National Journal and then the three Capitol Hill papers: The Hill, Roll Call and Politico. I try to read those every day. During the afternoon, I'm reading internal memos from staff and other documents from regulators and maybe an occasional paper from an economics professional.
Paul Krugman is great. I'm very much guided by and reinforced by Paul Krugman. I think he does very good stuff. I read Gail Collins for amusement and the Financial Times's Martin Wolf is very good on stuff I need to know. Though I don't have the time, I try to read The Economist. More often than not, it is to my right politically but it is the one publication where the ideology has no impact on the information that's presented. That used to be true of The Wall Street Journal but it's not, unfortunately, anymore.