This is a joint post by both authors which also appears at both of the above websites plus the ROUNDTREE 7 blog.
We are continually buffeted ny a corporately-owned mainstream media which either tells us outright lies, fills us to the brim with worthless, gossip-filled celebrity NON-news, completely omits important bits of REAL news, or marginalizes it and puts its own pop-culture, corporate spin on it. Like a modern-day DIOGENES, we have justifiably become cynics in serach of an honest person (or, in this specific case, an honest MEDIA source). For if all we shine our lanterns on is a steady diet of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX “News”, we are bound to be disappointed and deprived. After all, they are thoroughly controlled and influenced by the 1%, and, in varying degrees, actually try to keep us UNinformed or MISinformed. Thankfully, we have a number of sources we can usually rely upon for accurate reporting.Some are television sources; some are magazines; some are blogs; some are online news sources. ALL are worth a look or visit. They will help dispel any confusion or delusion you may have about what’s really happening around us. Wnenever possible, we have hyperlinked these sources for you below, so you will always be able to view them easily with only one click. WE ASK THAT YOU BOOKMARK THIS POST so you can always refer to it. We also ask that you copy and paste this post and send it to whomever you think will need or appreciate it. For TRUTH and KNOWLEDGE is power, and the only way we in the majority 99% can ever hope for victory in the battle against the lies of the 1% is to confront them with it as often as we can. This, of course, is by no means a complete list of factual sources. However, it is a good start. We encourage you to supply us with other reliable sources we may have overlooked in our comments section below. Please include hyperlinks if you can.
Thank you, readers, for sharing our dogged determination to persue truth in media. Below are the sites we recommend:
DEMOCRACY NOW! with Amy Goodman (http://www.democracynow.org/). This may also be seen on LINK TV, channel 375 on DIRECTV or channel 9410 on Dish Network, as well as at http://www.livestream.com/democracynow.
COUNTDOWN with Keith Olbermann. Available on CURRENT TV, channel 358 on DIRECTV, channel 196 on Dish Network, channel 107 on Comcast, channel 102 on Verizon Fios, channel 103 in NY and 143 in LA on Time Warner Cable, or try http://current.com/shows/countdown/.
THE NATION (http://www.thenation.com/) is a superb magazine featuring some of the best progressive writers around. Contributors include Kristina Vandenheuvel, Chris Hayes, and Naomi Klein, among many others. This link leads you to their online version.
THOM HARTMANN (http://thomhartmann.com/) is your online source for a man who often features news other sources often don’t have.
CROOKS AND LIARS (http://crooksandliars.com/) is an outstanding digest of stories often ignored or underreported by the mainstream media.
POLITICS PLUS (http://www.politicsplus.org/blog/) is another not-to-be-overlooked source for a wide range of political information.
MOTHER JONES (http://motherjones.com/) is a great source for a wide variety of topical issues.
THE DAILY KOS (http://www.dailykos.com/) reports on a number of items rarely covered by network TV news.
ALTER NET (http://www.alternet.org/) is a tremendous source of thought-provoking info gathered from a huge variety of sources and knowledgeable authors. This resource is definitely worth frequent visits!
BBC News (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/) gives you a wealth of worldwide news from outside our country, and even provides us with an insight as to how events in the U.S. are perceived by the rest of the wotld. AL JAZEERA (http://www.aljazeera.com/) does much the same as BBC News, but gives us a unique Middle East perspective. English language versions can also be heard daily on LINK TV. GOOGLE (https://www.google.com/) is a much used, highly valuable search engine that can lead you to vast stores of knowledge found anywhere on the internet. Just go there, key in a term or phrase, and you will instantly receive literally thousands of choices to choose from for virtually anything you wish to find out.
CBC NEWS (http://www.cbc.ca/news/) is THE site to go for comprehensive world and local news from our great neighbor to the north. You will find their coverage of events within the U.S., to be quite interesting and revealing.
THE GUARDIAN (http://www.guardiannews.com/) will give you world news and insights from the UK’s greatest progressive newspaper about stories rarely found in our own TV or newspapers.
OPEN SECRETS (http://www.opensecrets.org/) is a goodie which reveals exactly who, and how much they have contributed to, the officeholder or challenger of your choice.
RUSSIA TODAY (http://rt.com) offers unique news coverage, essentially an open and HONEST international coverage that is quickly becoming THE resource for several co-ordinate news services such as Young Turks, Countdown and Democracy Now. Apaer from regular news updates, yjis source offers valuable insights into Russian history, culture, and opinions.
THE REAL NEWS NETWORK (http://therealnews.com/) provides us with great international coveragevia independent objective video reporting of current events coupled with progressive / Left commentary.
RAW STORY (http://rawstory.com/) gives aggregate online news with sensational / objective coverage. They cover breaking news with an honest, progressive bent.
WIKILEAKS (http://wikileaks.org/) is an international online self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers. Vital resource in deep research or the breaking news they can be singularly responsible for. They represent a ground breaking free press for the new age.
TRUTH OUT (http://truth-out.org/) has ontemporary writers forming the Progressive push in the United States… Chris Hedges, Robert Riech, leading the way. Truthout provides an independent platform for in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis, to reveal systemic injustice and offer transformative ideas to strengthen democracy. _
ROLLING STONE -POLITICS (http://rollingstone.com/politics) offers edgy, accurate, politically corrective opinions via the Gonzo tradition! Matt Taibbi, Tim Dickerson, David Browne….honest, competent coverage of what is really going on.
BUZZFLASH! (http://buzzflash.com/) BuzzFlash’s model of progressive journalism is truly unique. They don’t just write about progressive change; they provide — through the BuzzFlash Progressive Market Place — a vehicle to create change. (I’ll discuss our support of direct activism in a future blog, that is the kind of public demonstrations the Green Movement in Iran is engaging in). There is simply no other journalistic model we know of that helps create a new economy to advance progressive ideals and uses a small portion of those sales to finance progressive journalism!
GRIST (http://grist.org/) Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 — which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf (bamboo hair gel, anyone?), Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all.
OCCUPY WALL STREET (http://occupywallst.org/) Worldwide revolution! Daily Action reports from all over the US and the globe. Calender of Action events and coordinate Actions with sister / brother Occupy’s global.
OCCUPY TOGETHER (http://occupytogether.org) American and international coverage of Actions / Events supporting the Occupy Movement.
MEDIA MATTERS (http://mediamatters.com) News correct! Watchdog news group reporting the lies and duplicity of the MSM.