Much fuss has been made over The List of over 200 websites that turned out to be Russian stooges, but, as much as I hate to banish sites like "Assassination Science" and "Bare Naked Islam" from my reading list, there are still more real news sources to be tapped than I would ever have time for. There are also numerous weekly news magazines that aren't beholden to big corporate interests. Here are some independent sources that publish breaking news and commentary:
- The Real News Network - Baltimore based, left wing news with sights on become a TV station
- The Christian Science Monitor - Global, balanced news of significance with humanitarian focus
- Reuters - The largest international multimedia news agency, a division of Thompson-Reuters
- Reuters TV - Video-rich Internet TV reports of Reuters news; app available for mobile devices
- The Nation - Opinionated and aspirational writings by mostly young progressives
- ProPublica - In-depth investigative reporting on topics of significance to U.S. citizens
- The Center for Public Integrity - Investigative reporting within the U.S., mainly on the public sector
- Reveal (The Center for Investigative Reporting) - San Francisco Bay area investigative news covering stories around the U.S. and internationally. Also produces a podcast.
- AllSides - Reporting from left, right, and center from various sources with the hope of reconciling understanding of clashing views
- FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) - Alternative news organization seeking to reduce the power of mainstream media
- Who, What, Why - Unvarnished forensic journalism. Podcast and blog, too.
- WorldNews (WN) Network - A news junkie's paradise with over 750 sources for multiple perspectives
- Watchdog - Investigative reporting to hold government (states, in particular) more accountable
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Our media laws and rules promote the formation of huge media conglomerates while discouraging competing voices. As a result, the mainstream media is increasingly cozy with the economic and political elites whom they should be investigating. Mergers in the news industry have accelerated, further limiting the spectrum of viewpoints in the mass media. With U.S. media overwhelmingly owned by for-profit conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, investigative journalism is in an alarming decline.With the above list of trustworthy independent news sources, I am looking forward to expanding my perspective of important topics, and having a firmer grasp of ground truth.