10+ Independent Online News Sources and Why America Needs More of Them

Updated on April 13, 2018

Today, most major news outlets in the United States are controlled by a handful of massive, powerful companies, an anomaly called media consolidation. It is vital that Americans become more skeptical of the news fed to them by these huge corporate media outlets and find alternative means of learning about what is actually happening in this country and around the world. They will probably find that reality and what they assumed to be reality are actually very different.

December 5, 2011 / Vol. 178, No. 22
December 5, 2011 / Vol. 178, No. 22 | Source

Objectivity, Bias and Talking Heads

There was a time when the nightly news was synonymous with the words objective, impartial, fair and balanced. Reporters, newscasters, and their employers, saw it as a duty and badge of honor to inform the public, as factually as possible, of the happenings in this country and around the world.

No longer. Instead of abiding by the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, we have major media outlets and their Talking Heads blindly supporting “facts” as told to them by the government, corporations and anyone else they deem worthy. Unfortunately, as the Iraq war has taught us, perceived truths are not always facts. Thousands of Americans and more than a million Iraqis died as a consequence. It is extremely disturbing that the mainstream media’s abject failure to do its job, with the public's apathy towards demanding that they do so, could result in a "mistake" of such magnitude.

It may look like a lot of different newspapers, but it's all the same story.
It may look like a lot of different newspapers, but it's all the same story. | Source

The Media’s Big Six

In 1983, 90% of our media was owned and controlled by 50 different companies – which, at the time, so concerned author Ben Bagdikian that he penned his now classic book, The Media Monopoly. Today, 90% of our news, whether we read, watch or listen to it, is dominated primarily by six media giants which each own an array of media venues, from TV and radio stations to newspapers and magazines to film and production studios. The names may change, the Walt Disney Company now owns most of 21st Century Fox and AT&T is still attempting a takeover of Time Warner, but the fact remains that ownership of the media has consolidated into the hands of the very powerful few:

  • Comcast Corporation/NBC Universal
  • 21st Century Fox
  • Walt Disney Company
  • Viacom
  • Time Warner
  • CBS Corporation

The merging of so many media companies into today’s handful of powerhouses has been sanctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent government agency composed of five people whose duty it is to determine media policy and law. Created in 1934 by the Communications Act, the FCC’s role is to regulate interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable throughout the United States. It wasn’t until the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the first major reform of the policy since it was created, that large corporations were permitted to begin their massive consolidation of the media - resulting in the Big Six.

Real News Versus Entertainment

Why should Americans be worried that only a small number of companies dominate so much of our news? Because with the Big Six’s enormous control over a wide spectrum of the media comes the ability to dictate what events they see as newsworthy (or not) on a massive scale. Especially worrying as these corporations no longer view news as a public service meant to disperse important information and facts but a means by which to make profits by entertaining viewers. Today, the mainstream media determines the significance, and therefore coverage, of an event by ratings and the whims of the political and corporate entities to which they are beholden, not by what is considered to be in the public's best interest.

Don't believe it? Just listen . . . .

It appears that the public’s trust in the media has been declining for some time. According to the Gallup research company, which began its data collection on the topic in 1972, the public’s trust in the media peaked in 1976 but has seen a slow, downward spiral ever since. The most recent Gallup poll, taken in September of 2016, shows that the trend does not appear to be stopping, with 68% of Americans still not trusting the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” A February 2016 Pew Research Center poll came away with an even more dire picture: only 18% of Americans had “a lot” of trust in the mainstream media and only 22% had “a lot” of trust in their local news.

According to Reporters Without Borders, Americans should be very concerned. The organization created the World Press Freedom Index in 2002 and has since compiled data annually on every nation based upon a list of seven criteria categories and indicators. Their 2017 World Press Freedom Index put the United States, a country whose citizens believe it to be a bastion of freedom, at number 43; its first index gave the United States the number 17 slot.

Independent News Options: Keeping It Real

Thankfully, the American public no longer needs to rely solely on one of the Big Six for their information as there are a growing number of independent news sources available to anyone with internet access. The following are only a sampling of those alternatives. Most state that they are “non-partisan, independent and non-profit.” Some are more transparent than others; a couple even outline a code of journalistic ethics their company follows.

General News Sources

Foreign News Sources

Sites That Report on Censorship

While most of the following sources do provide some general news, their primary roles are to monitor censorship and the restriction of information on specific topics.




Independent Reporters and Whistleblowers

The sources below fall into categories unto their own. The first is a group of fiercely independent reporters who believe in old school journalism, some with their own websites and articles; the second is a group of several sites that encourage whistleblowers to speak out and provide a forum for their information.



How to Separate the Fact from the Fiction

With only a tiny number of companies controlling what the vast majority of us see, hear, read and assume to be newsworthy, it is critical that the public realize that there are options and have access to those alternatives. Yet, even with all these resources at our fingertips, how does one separate the fact from the fiction?

  • at the very minimum, your news should be answering what are considered to be the six ‘Ws’ of journalism: who, what, where, when, why and how. It is amazing how much of the mainstream media does not even attempt this.

Help Improve the Media

If you would like more information about improving the media or would like to help reform our mainstream news, the following websites will show you where to begin:

Author's Note:

All these sources claim that they do not accept government, political, or corporate funding and that their missions are to seek the truth and provide real news versus the entertainment mass media outlets spew to maintain viewer ratings. But this does not and will not ever eliminate all bias. It is up to every reader/listener/watcher to question their news and its sources. Being aware that the mainstream media is mostly propaganda is a good starting point. The difficult part is finding the truth.

© 2012 Gemini Fox

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      Susan McNally 3 weeks ago

      AlJezera, but no new sources from Israel? Come on now! I also like to get news from Breaking Israel News (BIN), and the Christian point of view from Israel, Bridges for Peace is one.

      Very pleased with Wikileaks. RT has some good info, but can be super biased. Objectivity is rare in this world.

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      Ch Dkens 6 weeks ago

      Rt. com?! Putin's direct propaganda listed among independent news sources???

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      Rodney 2 months ago

      Thank you Gemini Fox for working to put up this list.

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      Jeanie Ronaldo 2 months ago

      This is a decent list, but honestly visiting these sites regularly to stay up to date is tedious. News Not Heard is pretty great in that regard because I get news from a lot of the sources mentioned above in a nice, summarized newsletter format. Subscribe, I recommend it newnotheard.com

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      Media Guy 2 months ago

      The only thing I disagree with in this article is:

      "There was a time when the nightly news was synonymous with the words objective, impartial, fair and balanced. Reporters, newscasters, and their employers, saw it as a duty and badge of honor to inform the public, as factually as possible, of the happenings in this country and around the world."

      There was never a time when news was objective. Ever. Never, ever, never, ever. Bias is built in with people. It can be as simple as choosing which story to send a limited amount of resources to cover or as blatant as not covering FDR being in wheelchair.

      We are humans and we are biased.

      But, the media of the mid to late 20th century certainly strove to appear objective and made a much better effort at doing so than media today.

      Still, they left many points-of-view unspoken for, giving the illusion that we our country was farm more homogenous than it really was.

      I have this fight with older friends of mine in the media, who can't accept that they were in any way biased because they strove for objectivity, and I applaud their efforts, but it is impossible for humans to do that in something with limited capacity like a news operation. Decisions to ration the resource have to be made on some criteria, and therein is the bias at minimum.

      I think we were better served by The Fairness Doctrine than today's media landscape. Under it, if Rachel Maddow or Rush Limbaugh uttered something biased, there would be a legal requirement to have someone with an opposing view voice that opinion in a similar timeslot.

      The siloing we have now has created media bubbles that don't even allow the left and right to have a conversation because they can't agree on the facts because of lying, mostly by omission, commentators.

      Use the sources they recommend, but make sure to use them as checks on each other. Reason and Democracy Now are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and bring highlight to the stories you wouldn't se on the other, but confirm what you see because they will also frame the stories differently.

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      Tony wing 2 months ago

      ‘Wikileaks’, ‘Democracy now!’, and the ‘real news network’ out of Baltimore.And travel more.

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      Infowars.com,CSPAN 3 months ago

      I know Alex Jones doesnt garner a lot of respect.. Je does , tho, attempt to find the truth and often does long before its conaidered fact by the mainstream. He also uses the products and believes in the Companies he allows advertising his news feed. Although he can get over-the-top sometimes, no one can claim he lacks passion.

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      Richard Ouweneel 4 months ago

      The Economist

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      Michael @ jklmnoin2020@gmail.com 4 months ago

      Education and convenience have lead us down this path, but technology has the potential to correct our downward spiral. Every thing in life as we know it now has a potential to be revolutionized and rediscovered in bold, first person, witnessed experiences that can then be shared and repeated, recorded and archived for all the galaxy to review. We are working toward a reality that all we thought we knew can be questioned. The current mind-boggling situation we are in is being exasperated by those trying to hold on to some power and gobble up as much as they can granted to them by the restrictions on information that the lack of connectivity and un-availability of technology presented. Those days are numbered across the world. The very powerful, in their quest, have produced what consumers demanded only to set the consumers on a path to regain something I like to call a pioneering independence. And although we are not quite there and it may seem worse before it gets better, when the entire human race has access to see first hand how our struggles and pursuits are similar, but our unequalness is because of those in power, a true path to equality will be recognized.

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      HomeRun 4 months ago

      First of all, I want to thank the author for this list. It is still up to us to research these sources and distinguish between the terms "independent" and "biased." This is a list of "independent" news sources, which may or may not be biased.

      While I appreciate this list, research shows that some of the "independent" news sources listed are not so "independent." In general, everyone who uses *any* source for news (not just the ones on this list) should check who owns them or has contributed to them. Many are biased or have questionable funding.

      Unbiased news sources show all sides of an issue. Yes, it is up to us to find those sources. But we should still question news sources that are owned by either people or corporations that are known to be heavily biased. If a source claims to be "independent," we should all dig further to determine that news source's source of income, then looking even deeper to determine motives of the people behind that source of income.

      The other way to approach selecting and consuming news sources is to read various sources -- some with a left bias, some with a neutral bias, and some with a right bias.

      Do your own investigation into the individuals and corporations involved (in journalism, this is known as "consider the source") in these various news sites. You can then decide, along with considering the material they present, whether to consider them a reliable news outlet.

      My homework was simply to find out who owns some of these sources. That does not mean they will not contain good articles; they very well may have excellent unbiased articles written with both points of view in mind. They may also contain "biased" articles which one can balance by reading opposing views from other news sources.

      Some of the homework I did led to the following:

      reason.com - Owned by David Koch among others

      reuters - traditionally independent, it is now 53% owned by Thomson Reuters

      democracy now - suspected funding by George Soros, Carnegie Corporation, Ford Foundation, J.M. Kapland fund

      propublica - brainchild of billionaires and major Democratic donors Herbert and Marion Sandler

      publicintegrity.org -- Has had controversy and potential ethics issues (research this for yourselves and make your own determination).

      Without going into every listed source, the bottom line is, as the author states, we have to do our own research.

      With that being said, some of the above sources are not what I would call truly independent, given their hidden or questionable sources of funding. And many are biased. It would be refreshing to find independent *and* unbiased news sources that harkened back to the golden age of journalism when journalists were taught to gather and report all sides of a story -- not their own agenda.

      While this list may not be perfect (how can it be, given the age of news and journalism in which we live?), I am thankful for it nonetheless as it gives us a starting point for learning to think for ourselves.

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      Linda Rubin 4 months ago

      I believed u until u left out PBS News.

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      B.M. Shatforth 6 months ago

      all you have to do is look at the list of so called "unbiased" news outlets, visit a few of them and say to yourself..."my lord...is that what they call "unbiased"?

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      Jack Rekshasa 6 months ago

      It's sad that this sort of thing brings out the troll in people. It's a good article and a starting point. None of these are perfect but they are good enough to help you understand what is actually happening and that's great in this day and age.

      The constant nagging from the insecure conservatives about the liberal bias of everything that's not smeared with conservative red, is just more of the same. Most of these complainers aren't conservatives anyway, they exist to oppose liberal or reasonable view points and are stuck in some kind of instinctive oppositional cycle fueled by their anti-liberal dopamine agonists.

      Unfortunately for them, reality does have a liberal bias... think about it.

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      Jeanette Herrera 7 months ago

      I read a reporter/journalist, named Ryan Grim. He recently left his online paper to start his own. I believe him to be truthful, fair and balanced. He is interesting and also has a slight flair of making you smile when appropriate. He has links on all his articles. The ones I have read are ones that take me to the Interecpt, who he also writes for, as well as another person who I believe to be an impeccable person of great talent and honesty, Jeremy Scahill. I have read and enjoyed his books considering the topics.

      I believe both of these gentlemen should be on your list for Independent Reporters. Thank you

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      Kevin 8 months ago

      Many of these are political opinion sites. I wanted sites that provide facts and facts only. It's too easy to go through these lists and find sites that confirm our individual biases.

      I'm glad to have a list of sites to sift through, but it it is irresponsible to promote some of these third rate news organizations.

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      Richard Ostergadr 9 months ago

      Isn't it interesting that Drudge Report is not even mentioned?

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      Dina Barzilai 9 months ago

      I appreciate the intent of this article and agree with checking sources, getting news from independent sources etc.

      However, although I won't comment on some of your less-biased sources listed--I have to comment on Al Jazeera. You did not do your homework.

      Not only do they accept government funding, they are basically OWNED by the Qatari government/Royal family. They are extremely biased on many issues--I could go on but everyone can research it themselves. The Royal arm of the Qatari government is NOT imdependent, nor objective and relatively unbiased.

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      Ryan Fuller 11 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      So many great views in this article. It is crazy how the media can be so manipulative, especially to these younger generations who want to quickly believe what they hear. Great work on this article.

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      Angel Guzman 11 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      An independent press is priceless and important to democracy! Great read.

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      Sherri Grotts 12 months ago

      Gemini Fox, I happened upon this article when I googled unbiased news websites. This article you wrote is really good, and I'm going to share this on my Facebook. I wrote a few of the websites down, and I'm going to give them a try!

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      bob79 12 months ago

      Funny how the real news that comes out here is not listed and the person writing this does not list real news here besides their ones they think are true! not saying some are true news but there are others that report 98% cent true with others being mocked that manyv cal conspitacy and that is what comes true! I feel this report is only partially true as some are part of the giant news corporations.

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      Marbunster@AOL.COM 13 months ago


      Also I find Cnn un- American and almost traitorists. They spew their lies worldwide and turn others against America.

      The BBC is on the same level. It is my home country and I am sad to find them so unethical.

      Truth and reliable sources are no longer needed in Journalism. Anything poisonous against Trump with no sources will be covered as fact.

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      Amanda 14 months ago

      Thanks so much for this list! I found it quite useful as an international relations student. Most mainstream media harps on about the same topics and I was looking for more variety and different perspectives. I especially love newsbud and the intercept. I even bookmarked some of those new sites, including this page. :)

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      Larry 14 months ago

      Just visited 5 of the 10 links provided. ALL 5 do nothing more than promote democrat ideals and trash conservative ones.

      This article promotes only the left.

      I sure would like to find a new source that is balanced.

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      EdwardLane 15 months ago

      Excellent and significant article about maybe the most important issue in America today.

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      Oliver McCann 15 months ago

      The BBC ought not be cited as a reliable source because it is partly Government funded. Furthermore its coverage of Middle East affairs is far from unbiased. However I write from an Irish/European perspective which appears quite different from the American experience. The Washington Post and the NYT are my preferences.

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      Ken Burgess 16 months ago from Florida

      Today's free speech news sources are you and I... the internet, and all that is on it... Hubpages, YouTube, the ability to Email others and get answers directly from the source.

      MSM is little more than propaganda, corporate, or political, repeaters as you say, not reporters. Today's newspapers and news channels are dinosaurs, they are already extinct they just don't know it yet.

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      Tina 16 months ago

      This is fantastic, thank you for sharing!

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      Tom Richardson 16 months ago

      Having been part of a JOA ( joint operating agreement) in Detroit, Michigan, I can say for sure that it was a con job perpetrated by Ronald Reagan and Edwin Meese. The figures involved ( ABCs....audit bureau of circulation) were phone figures and had been for years. Now, as in most large cities, there is one newspaper in Detroit.....oh sure, two coin op machines, side by side, but in reality, it is one newspaper.

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      Truth B. Told 16 months ago

      These are very refreshing choices if you want the same crap your already being fed being served to you in a trojan horse.

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      Larry 16 months ago

      This is my first encounter with this site and am already loving it. Hope I can get by more often from now

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      cha 16 months ago

      This looked like a good site for me to find a recommended news site that isn't biased. Wrong! It took about 3-5 min. each on the 10 independent sites listed to see that they ALL are slanted in 1 direction or another. "Independent" obviously does not mean un-biased. Sad.

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      Gingee 16 months ago

      Thank you for the information! I did not feel any bias.

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      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 16 months ago

      This is one of most needed articles I've read recently. Thank you Gemini Fox for your research, accuracy and unbiased approach in explaining what is really going on with journalism today. This is a message that nobody will hear in mass media...yet it needs to be heard and understood in spades. I shared it with all my FB friends.

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      rsholl 16 months ago

      www.neutralnews.co.uk is an excellent comparative media source - one to watch

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      NFS247 17 months ago

      This is the best thing I have read in a long time - very important and truthful info here. THANK YOU! I will be sharing this :)

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      Bob 17 months ago

      Truth-out.org needs removed from the 'non-partisan' list. They are far from non-partisan.

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      Gemini Fox 17 months ago

      Many thanks to all who have alerted me to needed corrections.

      Many thanks, also, to those of you who stepped up to the plate and offered additional sources. If they have not been incorporated into the list it’s because they openly stated they favored either the left or the right (the documentary “The Brainwashing of My Dad”) or were ‘for-profit’ or family owned (One America News Network). The sources here were specifically chosen because their websites state that they are non-profit and/or independent from their financial support. Some even outline their code of ethics (which may or may not mean much); some are transparent with their funding. This does not eliminate bias but hopefully does allow a source more freedom to disperse the real facts – and address subjects the MSM won’t even touch, something that is desperately needed.

      To those who have commented that one source or another is biased:

      1. Please read my Author’s Note. Then reread it. And then reread it as many times as it takes for the meaning to sink in . . .

      2. I find it infinitely amusing that those who scream about sources being biased can never seem to come up with one they consider to be unbiased. Please return with a source. I assure you I will find someone in less than 5 who says that, in their opinion, it’s biased. If this is hard for you to comprehend, reread #1.

      3. Why exactly did you assume a source is biased? Because it doesn’t align with what you believe? Did you bother to research the facts? What if what you’re reading is actually the facts and it is you who is biased? Perhaps it is that you are part of the much too large portion of the populace who simply will not acknowledge facts that do not align with their preconceived notions. No way for me to help you with your detachment from reality.

      4. If you have an open mind and understand the meaning of critical thought, you will give a source a chance. Did you read just one article (or simply a headline) and make your decision the source was biased? Maybe you read the writings of the one person in the organization (out of perhaps many) who wrote on that particular topic with what you consider to be a biased slant, but that doesn’t mean the entire source is biased.

      5. Perhaps most importantly: reading many sources of news, whether you consider them biased or not, is sometimes the only way to find a glimmer of the truth. No one source is going to spoon-feed you reality. I’ve always considered Fox News to be the lowest denominator when it comes to journalism, if it can even be called that. But during the 2016 election, they were one of the first to call Hillary on her corruption, later corroborated by Wikileaks – while CNN and the Washington Post derided Bernie and defended her until it was impossible to do so without looking idiotic. This also applies to foreign news sources. Yes, they may be biased - or they may be a factual look at American issues the media in this country refuse to address - or purposely black out. Sometimes if you know a news source has an agenda, use it. It’s in their best interest to dig for dirt on that topic – as in apply real journalism.

      Finally, I would like to point out that I have no ‘skin in the game’ here. This isn’t about playing favorites. I’m not being paid in any way by any of these sources. It is very, very hard to find out what is actually happening in our world today and the powers-that-be certainly want to keep it that way. Journalists were once (a long time ago) the front line for keeping the establishment’s corruption somewhat at bay – now, when they’re not actually in the establishment’s pocket, they’re being jailed for outing the truth. THINK about that. And then think about how the MSM covered the 2016 election, how the MSM literally helped Trump win the election, how Trump is now threatening the MSM if they don’t pander to him and perhaps, worst of all, how most of the MSM is kowtowing to his tantrums in fear he may otherwise not allow them access. This should be scaring the crap out every American who believes in democracy . . . not that we have one any longer. The catastrophe of the Iraq war and now the election of someone who could potentially morph into a dictator, both occurring because our media is so utterly corrupt it no longer bothers to do its job, should make the monumental importance of real journalism’s role in a truly free society crystal clear to all those who aren’t in a coma.

      Thank you for reading and please don’t stop your search.

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      Gale 17 months ago

      I am constantly looking for alternatives to the mainstream media and this article provides a great deal of information in that direction. I am so disappointed in both the left and right controlling the public with the media. I just want the truth so I can make an informed decision. But one statement I continue to make to my friends is to stop talking and start acting, get involved with both writing your representatives and actions. The final statement in this article is pure truth and everyone should take to heart.

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      DesertRat 17 months ago

      We all need to be what Ben Franklin envisioned, and for a time realized - citizen journalists, publishing papers on every corner.

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      alwm 17 months ago

      The article I liked and found informative. However, Freepress( which is listed as 1 of the 2 websites at the bottom as to how to improve the media and where to start) Appeared to me at nothing more that a TMZ of politics- Which is the very reason I came to your website . I feel frustrated and helpless that so many people are; and Ill go as far as to say- subliminally molded into being and thinking what the media/ government/ whoever wants us to believe- So when I open link to FreePress and all i see is "Jeff Sessions is a racist!" , i can hardly rely on them to be credible , correct, and very least , unbiased. Which completely undermines your article- which was a breath of fresh air until that link- just wanted you to know. I feel that many people will be seeking information as to what they can do to try to show media we NEED truth, not their version of it. And that website reinforced what we already knew

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      Kanik 18 months ago

      Try Adractive app. provides news with different views to keep it unbiased. also provides a short history / background

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      haba baba 18 months ago

      I agree to some degree, makes sense

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      wasntme 18 months ago

      You must be kidding. al jezeera and the bbc?

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      Howard Stapleton 18 months ago

      What America truly needs: teaching and learning critical thinking and reasoning at a younger age and continuing that education throughout college/university level. Since every human has and demonstrates bias, the best way I've found to have a better likelihood at arriving at what's mostly accurate and true is to get one's news from a variety of news sources - domestic, foreign, left, right, center, and to use critical thinking to question all that is gleaned and processed. It's an arduous task at first, but becomes easier once a plan is put into place and practiced. ie. Using an RSS reader or new aggregator site allows you to select various sources and read them all in one location.

      Studies have revealed these base positions in major media:




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      Betty 18 months ago

      RT and Sputnik...you must be kidding me!

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      Karen 18 months ago

      I think most of these sources have a leftist bent. Perhaps they were different 4 years ago. But now I find it difficult to find an outlet for the news, not a reporter's opinion.

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      H----S 18 months ago

      I don't think the author said these were neutral - just independent and generally trustworthy ... though RT and Sputnik definitely don't fit that description!

      It's a good start and it would be nice of all the folks yelling "that's biased!" would suggest their alternatives for findng non-fake news, when possible from independent sources.

      As Americans we get our in-country news mostly from one of the big 6 - so anything truthful from another source is a good option for us to consider in our news pile. I want to know what RT is saying, but I want to know that it's propaganda, just like other state-owned news sources. Knowing what they ar saying is different from believing everything they say. So VOA, UK and German sources, etc - valuable if you have the right goggles on!

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      Adrienne 18 months ago

      The Young Turks

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      Carol Ramirez 18 months ago

      I do not see Alternet.org on your list. It was my understanding that they were a good source of real news. No?

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      Genealogy Nut 18 months ago

      Genealogy with out documentation is called Mythology! All of the major news media sources are giving us Mythology every day. Please boycott these dishonest organizations. It is all about money for them. They don't care about us! They will not change, until we force them by not listening to them any more! I am saying goodbye to all major news companies.

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      Jim 18 months ago

      I can get more factual information from my local High School newspaper then the so called professional media.

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      Caitiesnanny 18 months ago

      It would be a cold day in hell when I go to Al Jazeera for any news.

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      dbmarsh 18 months ago

      Thanks for the information. I'm just starting to look into better ways to get my news. Truthfully I have avoided all news for many years due to various grievances with the way it is presented. Hopefully I will be refreshed by some of the alternatives. Again, thanks!

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      j. fay 19 months ago

      CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX and MSNBC have just given up their rights to free speech. They've allowed trump to tell them all to shut up. None of them have broken their non disclosure agreements and none of them walked out of them, like a real reporter would do. I'm looking for trust worthy outlets hoping to see these cowards replaced as sources.

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      notlurking 19 months ago

      The new sources are labeled independent by the author........that has my radar blinking red......independent my ass......just look at who the big ones endorsed in this bizarre election.......HRC....now tell me how independent is that.......lol.....

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      HB 19 months ago

      Sorry, but none of these sites are unbiased . Scanned through them all and found them to be mostly left leaning with liberal/left opinion pieces. These sites are no better then right leaning ones. Very difficult to find a balanced news source out there that shares facts and allows the readers to decide for themselves.

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      Bob in NJ 19 months ago

      Not sure why Gemini Fox has allowed this to carry on so long without remaining an active participant in the discussion. But while I won't attempt to speak on her behalf, I WILL say that the basis for this post remains relevant.

      The most important thing that EVERYONE needs to realize first & foremost is that MOST media sources now have some bias or viewpoint. It's the end-product of the "24-hour news cycle" and the consolidation of our media. It's now more about ratings... and filling air time... and even sensationalism, than it is about pure reporting. Running down leads, double- and triple-checking facts & sources BEFORE commenting, and real investigative reporting takes time; and while the payoff can be sensational, the process is more likely to be "boring" and time-consuming (read: not "good TV").

      It is incumbent upon us, as American citizens, to do our own due diligence. Yes, the list that was originally compiled--and since added to--here is flawed. But that's the challenge. We need to be willing to put in the work- to research, read and evaluate information from MULTIPLE sources and viewpoints, to try to read between the lines & find Truth. We've gotten lazy, folks- we want our snippets & soundbytes so we can feel "informed" in a hurry, and move on to our reality TV and NetFlix while still feeling good about ourselves.

      So stop debating the individual links here. Just use them as a starting point, come to your own conclusions about them, and if they don't strike you as "unbiased", then dig around and find some yourselves! Then you can post your OWN list in your OWN blog for others to use as a new benchmark. :-)

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      George 19 months ago

      @Steven: I wonder about that "liberal bias" thing. At the moment you live in a mostly liberal environment (like, half of the US, or whole Austria) it's obviously almost impossible to be absolutely non-biased, since you would need to deny the content of most news you actually read, even if their argumentation seems logical and is backed by trustworthy sources. Of course journalists, which live in liberal environments, will statistically get more into contact with other people which share liberal values at least to a certain extent.

      This is no actively made "bias" which alters the quality of the media in any way. Instead of banishing news outlets like reuters, you could just add an explicitely illiberal news outlet into your mix. Of course you need to think about every text you read, if it's written to convince you of illiberal or liberal values, or not.

      There is a huge difference between the 'bias" of reuters and, say, the "bias" of sputnik. Sputnik (and RT) are websites controlled by the russian government, and an active part of their communication strategy. These news outlets put a further meaning into every news they publish. These news are really biased towards pre-defined (russian governmental) values.

      Because of that, I cant understand why RT and Sputnik are part of that list.

      Of course you could argue, that every govt-led website is somehow "biased". If not, why are there only UK and Russian govt news outlets listed? What about France24 or DW (Deutsche Welle, German website)?

      Many (democratic) countries have govt-controlled news outlets which are known for their journalistic quality being on par with better news sites and NGO news projects. No reason to stay away from them if you would even read something like RT.

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      Steven 19 months ago

      1. The Real News Network (therealnews.com) Severe Liberal Bias

      2. The Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com) Slight Conservative Bias

      3. Truthout (truth-out.org) Severe Liberal Bias

      4. Reuters (reuters.com) Slight Liberal Bias

      5. The Nation (thenation.com) Severe Liberal Bias

      6. ProPublica (propublica.org) Mostly Conspiracy Related Content.

      7. The Center for Public Integrity (publicintegrity.org) Appears to be Unbias

      8. Reveal (The Center for Investigative Reporting) (revealnews.org)Appears Unbias but also appears to have some conspiracy related content.

      9. AllSides (allsides.com) Appears to be Unbias but contains news sources from Mainstream media like New York Times and CNN who have been know to post fake news and have Severe Bias.

      10. FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) (fair.org) Severe Liberal Bias and Post Fake News

      11. Who, What, Why (whowhatwhy.org) Severe Liberal Bias

      12. WorldNews (WN) Network (wn.com) Slight Liberal Bias and Foreign News Source

      13. Sputnik (sputniknews.com) Government Bias, Foreign(Russia) and Conspiracy.

      14. Watchdog.org Appears Unbias but appears to take a hands off approach political sensitive topics.

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      Tiff 19 months ago

      Listen up, I've seen a ton of comments stating this is bias and this isnt. Just because you don't agree with it doesn't mean it's bias or non-bias. There are some legitimate, all sided news sources out there. But just because you may not agree with it, doesn't technically mean it's bias.

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      Stéphane 19 months ago

      Sputnik and RT as non partisant ? Are you serious ? These are propaganda arms of Russia !

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      Teacher MARK 19 months ago

      British: BBC News (bbc.com)

      British: The Guardian (guardian.co.uk/)

      That's hilarious... They are proud left wing liberal news outlets.

      Nobody in the world would seriously take the view that these places are neutral or independent.

      Did Lena Dunham compile this list! Ha ha!

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      Derek Tang 19 months ago

      RT and Sputnik are owned by the Russian government. Sputnik was the source of the fake Wikileaks document that Trump used during the campaign - the first major sign that Russia was attempting to tamper with the election. There is no way either of those can be credibly included on this list.

      Also, The Nation and Truthout identify themselves as providing progressive op-eds. Likewise, CSMonitor does lean right.

      This is all a good start, though.

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      NeedNews 19 months ago

      Sorry, but therealnews.com is liberal. Go look at it.

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      RealityAndUnderstanding 19 months ago

      After months and months of watching all those chuckle heads on mainstream news each night and following those grossly onaccurate polls, I feel like I've been watching some sort of reality show where the American electorate is the punchline. I was not one of those people who thought Hilary had it in the bag but it wasn't even close. I no longer watch high-paid, out of touch anchors -- why waste my time. I want to know what my fellow American thinks and deals without the filter of the no-nothing news. The list here has offered some good options to try out for additional perspective. I'm also working on keeping an open mind when it comes to the opinion and character of others.

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      QuestForTruth 19 months ago

      I'm 26 years old and I'm sad to confess a few truths. Over the last few days, following the announcement of the Presidential Elect, I had become depressed and unmotivated. I'm always on the go as a senior in college, so Facebook and CNN are ways that I can quickly stay updated on what's going on in our country and sometimes around the world. Sad, I know. There was an overwhelming amount of news released and I didn't know WHAT to believe. After noticing my change in mood, I decided to cleanse my home (smudging and meditating) and told myself that I'm going to disconnect from social media for the weekend (hopefully I'll last longer.) Well, it's been 2 days and I feel unbelieveably good. I've found my motivation again and I'm not harboring the feelings of those that are being attacked based on their perceived ethnicity and who they support politically. It's so weird how amazing social media can be but it's also saddening how much damage it has the power to cause. I'm grateful for this article. I had no idea of the Big Six or the FCC (mind blowing.) I've gone and subscribed to ALL of the ethical news sources you posted. Thanks again.

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      DB 19 months ago

      All news is corrupt and biased now.

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      rho 19 months ago

      These might have been unbiased news 4 years ago, but no longer.

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      notlurking 20 months ago

      I agree with others that many of the sites are strongly biased......but not left or right....many are biased to corporatism and neoliberalism.....does not matter if you are democrat or republican both are beholden to corporations......both are one side of the same coin......and btw has anybody noticed Ms Fox has not blogged in some time........mmmm

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      Beechnut 20 months ago

      I saw reuters and stopped reading. Nuff said

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      hmmm 20 months ago

      you have to be kidding. most if not all these news outlets are socialistic/progressive and can not be trusted!

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      L. 20 months ago

      Propublica is also funded by Open Society. For more info as to how deep the rabbit hole goes, see this article:


      Yes, it's hosted by Fox, but that doesn't make the info any less real.

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      L. 20 months ago

      Real News Network is supported by Open Society Foundations, aka George Soros. RNN is even hosting a summit for them on the 22nd of this month. (October, 16) Soros also made a mega donation to PBS which makes them suspect. Dig deep when looking for an unbiased, bipartisan news site because sometimes these connections are buried.

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      Unconvinced 20 months ago

      Apparently there are no unbiased news sources these days.

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      ANON 20 months ago

      RT is literally owned and operated by the Russian government. Don't know how you got past that one...

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      Someone 20 months ago

      Well, I got through 11 of the links... terrible biased garbage for the most part. Really, what is even the point in listing these sites. The MSM is already incredibly left-biased. Why one earth does anyone need more such sites? You wasted 15 minutes of my time...

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      John Connor 20 months ago

      Jews are 2.5% of the population. Rather than ask the question you might expect - what I want to askis WHY we all accept being forbidden from discussing what is pervasive, massive, and arguably coordinated and planned domination of news media by Jews? Again - good and bad in allgroups, but what its a out is a cohesive, ethnocentric 2.5% with areligion based on moral chauvinism. See Deuteronomy chapter 7. Antisemites did not write that - Jews did.

      And they control how we understand Palestine, Syria, Russia and the immivasion (kalergi plan) of Europe, long supportedby Jews like George Soros and Barbara Specter.


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      Bilbo Baggins 21 months ago

      sputniknews is owned by the Russian state. Tough to get unbiased when it's owned by the government...

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      Big Fish 21 months ago

      Wow, the first link (realnews.com) has nothing but anti-Trump info on the page! The articles are full of adjectives and hype just like CNN. If that is objective reporting someone needs to go back to journalism school.

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      maverickuv 21 months ago

      I do second the thoughts of Reese and Ruby. One site I know of which works on the same principle is


      Maybe there is no such one site or team which can provide a balanced news...but two sites work :)

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      Kitty 21 months ago

      Democracy Now! should be on this list. Amy Goodman is one of the best journalists of our time.

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      Richard 21 months ago


      YOU are citing the BBC as being NeuTRAL ?

      they themselves have cited themselves as LEFT WING ... that is the ONLY site I noted in my brief scan of sites recommended.. NO way ... thanks,,, maybe re visit and UPDATE this list ... thanks

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      reuters is democrat 21 months ago

      This article has lost credibility. Reuters is unbiased ?? Ok, send me a link that is either anti Hillary or pro Trump

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      Hasnain Ashraf 21 months ago

      Nice Article. I learn a lot from this nice article. I am a small article writer, love your work. hope you keep writing such a useful articles in future as well. Hope this article will help new comers and also improve the quality of work in US national news staff. Thank You

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      Mark 21 months ago

      Big money is what keeps big news channels in demand so it naturally follows that those big money investors will always influence the news when it comes to politics..more so now than ever. The clinton foundation..is just the tip of the iceberg. As an American I take what is going on in America when it comes to the so-called "democratic party" and it sickens me. Even JFK would back away from these folks. No wonder why Putin is interested..he would definitely like to see hillary in office. During the G20 summit obama as not even afforded a deplaning ramp, no red carpet. Even when he met with Mr. Putin it was just a stare down. Obama has no respect. at all from his own people..how should he ask for it from any other nations..especially those who dislike us the most. Do you expect anything different from Hillary..if so then you are a fool at very best.

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      Ryan P 21 months ago

      It's relatively new but The Unopinionated looks promising, name says it all!


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      I Bonds 21 months ago

      Today we are seeing the electronic equivalent of the printed "journalism" of the 1800's, when anyone with access to a printing press could become a reporter. Then, as now, sensationalism took precedence over fact, bias was expected as normal, even desirable, and if you did not have a real story, you could create one out of thin air and there was no peer review to call it into question. Much of our recorded history of that era, particularly in regard to the happenings in the American west has actually been taken from the historical character based pulp paperbacks that were very popular at the time. As the craft matured and competition over the same stories forced those reporting the facts to do just that, journalism became more trustworthy. Bias did not disappear completely, but it was certainly less acceptable. Hopefully as internet based reporting comes of age, the same forces will create a new system of self policing that will result in more facts and less spin.

      It is interesting that you hold up Walter Cronkite as the shining beacon of fact and truth. Unfortunately it was Cronkite himself who shattered the glass wall between journalism and editorial activism in an on-air diatribe against the Vietnam war in one of his newscasts. While everyone should have the rights to hold and express their points of view, the highly respected Cronkite's failure to keep his views separate from the news he was trusted to report was an impetus to the explosion of yellow journalism we are currently forced to filter facts from.

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      syprian harvey 22 months ago

      Many thanks for your article! Part of my decision process in choosing which news agency to read invariably involves the vocabulary used in the article. I try to apply a simple standard that has been outlined in S. I. Hayakawa's "Language in Thought and Action." One needs to know the difference among three orientations of the auuthor and/or news agency by asking: Is this article a REPORT, an INFERENCE, or a JUDGMENT?

      I look forward to visiting your site often.

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      Jedmo 22 months ago

      The American media should worry, no one believes their propaganda anymore.

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      WEndy 23 months ago

      Truth-out.org is the same BS of the left wing media moguls and should not be on this list

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      leighdasle 23 months ago

      the nation is like Fox

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      Perspycacious 23 months ago

      All news sources are "natural". We get what comes, but I agree that too much comes with biased interpretations such as the Washington Post's determination to see Trump lose even if Hillary is left standing alone and with all the power of the presidency. For years Time and Newsweek have been party mouthpieces, and most newspapers have editors chosen for their political views. Those views too often determine which Letters To The Editor are chosen for print. The Web is a potential source but runs the gammut from informed to nonsense. The individual is left to their own devices and their educational level may well determine how well they can inform themselves. Try finding the truth. It is out there somewhere.

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      John 23 months ago

      I like the concept of this article. But I find a lot of your choices are just offering more opinion - certainly more diverse opinions, but the content is largely opinion, not factual. As an example, Globalresearch.ca - Sounds great, more research, Canadians maybe more level-headed and less self-absorbed than other nations, but what they serve up is 90% opinion. This is easier to write than to assemble data but really just increases the froth. Specific example: http://www.globalresearch.ca/nato-summit-closes-by... . Interesting opinions, sure.

      So I challenge you, Gemini, to develop a metric to express how much factual content sources provide - easier than trying to express bias or lack thereof.

      Don't get me wrong - I really laud this effort.

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      Kindrake 23 months ago

      Truthout is extremely biased/liberal.

      I like one-america news. Its the only place I can go and see stories about the good and bad in both candidates. Refreshing!!!

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      anon 24 months ago

      HBO's Last Week Tonight?

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      Cassie230 24 months ago

      Wow - listened to the nation - if this is an example of unbiased reporting we are in deep trouble.

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      Ruby 24 months ago

      I think is a very good article but also strongly believe that Reese has a great point and totally agree with, we should focus more on the good things instead of supporting all the horror stories that are being shown on the news which only brings more bad news, seems like we are getting used to waking up every morning to read/watch how many people got killed today, what city is going down, who is making the new war, just to mention a few.

      I am not saying is not good to know what is happening around us, but even if those sites are the more unbiased, they are still showing us what is selling "bad news".

      When there's a shooting (which sadly is happening more often) all the news focus on the shooter, and give us a full biography of that person; which usually last all week hearing or seeing every single detail about the shooter life. For the elections, we see every day all the bad things each candidate has to say about the other candidate and a little is said about what they actually are going to do for us, and that is what is selling. The list can go on.

      I do think is a good article and a good list of unbiased news, just wish we could stop supporting the bad news and start demanding a little more news of all the beautiful things that are happening around in our world.

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      sixguinness 24 months ago from New York

      rt.com and aljazeera.com news services - unbiased? Huh?


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