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

The fact that most major news outlets are controlled by a handful of massive, powerful companies, an aberration called media consolidation, is becoming of growing concern in America. It is vitally important that the citizens of this country become more skeptical of the news that is being 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. What they find might be rather shocking in its contradiction to what they are spoon fed on a daily basis.

December 5, 2011 / Vol. 178, No. 22  [1]
December 5, 2011 / Vol. 178, No. 22 [1]

There was a time when the nightly news was synonymous with the words objective, impartial, fair and balanced. Reporters and newscasters saw it as their duty and badge of honor to inform the public, as factually as possible, of the happenings in this country and around the world. Today, instead of journalists such as Walter Cronkite, a legend in his own right who brought the scandals of Watergate and the Vietnam War to the American people unfiltered, we have the 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 the facts and thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died as a consequence. It is extremely disturbing that the mainstream media’s abject failure to do its job and the public's abject failure to demand that they do so could result in a "mistake" of such magnitude.

It may look like a lot of different newspapers . . . . [2]
It may look like a lot of different newspapers . . . . [2]

The Media’s Big Six

What the Big Six Really Own

Each of the Big Six own an array of media venues, from TV and radio stations to newspapers and magazines to film and production studios. To gain a better understanding of the breadth of their reach, both freepress and the Colombia Journalism Review have composed fairly up-to-date listings of the companies under their ownership.

In 1983, 90% of our media was owned and controlled by 50 different companies. Today, 90% of our news, whether we read, watch or listen to it, is dominated by six media giants:

  • Comcast
  • News Corporation
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Viacom
  • Time Warner
  • CBS Corporation

A Big Six showing its hand?

The merging of so many media companies into today’s handful of powerhouses has been allowed, and some may say encouraged, 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. Critics say it hasn’t done a very good job, and the proof is the existence of the Big Six.

And yet again?

Why should Americans be worried that only a small number of companies control so much of our media? Because with the Big Six’s enormous control over a wide spectrum of the media, from production companies to radio to television, comes the ability to dictate what events they see as newsworthy (or not) on a massive scale. News is no longer a public service meant to communicate facts but a means for these companies to make profits from entertaining viewers. The importance of a news event is determined by ratings not by what is considered to be in the public's best interest.

Independent News Options: Really Keeping It Real

Do you rely solely on the mainstream media for your news or do you read, view and listen to a variety of sources to get your news?

  • I rely solely on one source in the mainstream media for my news.
  • I always read, view, and listen to a variety of sources to get my news.
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Your news should answer at least The Six "Ws" of Journalism. Is your news answering them?

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How?

A poll done by the Pew Research Center, in September of 2011, found that, “Fully 66% (of the public) say news stories often are inaccurate, 77% think that news organizations tend to favor one side, and 80% say news organizations are often influenced by powerful people and organizations.” A more recent Gallup poll, taken in September of 2015, showed that 60% of Americans still do not trust the mass media to deliver the news fully, accurately and fairly.

These numbers are not so much a bleak outlook but evidence that the public is finally beginning to realize that the mainstream media cannot be trusted – a good thing and perhaps a catalyst for change. Americans need to understand what is really happening in our country and the rest of the world by reading, watching and listening to a variety of news sources, not only the mainstream media. Many times a foreign newspaper or news program will reflect a completely different perspective on the way a story in this country is portrayed.

Thankfully, there are a growing number of independent news sources available to anyone with access to the internet. The following are only a sampling of the alternatives to the Big Six but most state that they are “non-partisan, independent and non-profit.” Some are more transparent than others; a couple go so far as to outline a code of journalistic ethics their company follows.

Good news sources abide by a code of ethics which should include at a minimum:

  • Accuracy
  • Fairness
  • Completeness
  • Honesty
  • Independence
  • Impartiality
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

General news sources:

  • The Real News Network (therealnews.com)
  • The Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com)
  • Truthout (truth-out.org)
  • Reuters (reuters.com)
  • The Nation (thenation.com)
  • ProPublica (propublica.org)
  • The Center for Public Integrity (publicintegrity.org)
  • Reveal (The Center for Investigative Reporting) (revealnews.org)
  • AllSides (allsides.com)
  • FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) (fair.org)
  • Who, What, Why (whowhatwhy.org)
  • WorldNews (WN) Network (wn.com)
  • Sputnik (sputniknews.com)
  • Watchdog.org

Documentaries on this subject:

  • #killswitch (2014)
  • Shadows of Liberty (2012)
  • John Pilger: Real Journalism (2012)
  • WikiRebels: The Documentary (2010)
  • Barbershop Punk (2010)
  • Orwell Rolls in His Grave (2003)
  • Project Censored: Is The Press Really Free? (1998)

Foreign news sources:

  • Arabic: Al Jazeera English (aljazeera.com)
  • British: BBC News (bbc.com)
  • British: The Guardian (guardian.co.uk/)
  • British: openDemocracy (opendemocracy.net)
  • Asian: Asia Times (atimes.com)
  • Canadian: Global Research (globalresearch.ca/)
  • Russian: RT (rt.com)

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

• Politics:

  • PolitiFact (politifact.com)
  • Open Secrets.org (opensecrets.org)
  • FactCheck.org (factcheck.org)

Media:

  • PunditFact (punditfact.com)
  • Reporters Without Borders (rsf.org)
  • Institute for Public Accuracy (accuracy.org)
  • FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
  • Media Channel (mediachannel.org)

• Corporations:

  • Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) (prwatch.org)
  • SourceWatch (sourcewatch.org)
  • ALEX Exposed (alecexposed.org)
  • Media Reform Coalition (mediareform.org.uk/)

Climate:

  • InsideClimate News (insideclimatenews.org)
  • ALECclimatedenial.org

Be a Real News Advocate

Help Improve the Media

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

Americans need to become aware of viable news sources other than the mainstream media. It is essential that the public question the validity of their news. With only a tiny number of companies controlling what the vast majority of us see, hear and read and assume to be the "news", it is critical that the public realize that there are options. It is not only an important part of being an informed and engaged citizen, it is critical to our nation remaining a democracy.

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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 eliminate bias. At the end of the day it is human beings, with all their shortcomings, creating the final product.

So it is up to every reader/listener 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.

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Photo Credits:

[1] Joe Wolf, CC BY-ND 2.0, flickr

[2] Pixaby

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© 2012 Gemini Fox

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Can you recommend any other news sources to add to this list? Please comment! 87 comments

Sooner28 4 years ago

This is a great hub that is going in my favorites and being shared. Excellent job!


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Josak 4 years ago from variable

Great hub on a topic that is not discussed nearly enough.


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

Sooner 28: thank you! Glad you liked it! I worked and worked on this hub as it is an answer to a question - then read the finer print of the contest and found out I can't enter it because I'm not signed up for the HP Earnings Program. Waaaaaaaa - oh well, my fault . . . had to whine though.


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

Josak: thanks for reading! I agree, every American needs to realize what is happening to the media - although I think that even if they do, they don't understand the implications.


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

excellent hub and I couldn't agree more. I find I go to the BBC more for world news than any outlet in the US - kind of funny and kind of sad - but they do an excellent job of reporting well rounded facts - that thing called journalism that has gone the way of the dinosaur on all of our major networks. Voted up awesome and useful.


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twaggoner 4 years ago

I watch Democracy Now and Al Jazeera daily, I have found that they will cover stories you wont see on mainstream news. Its pretty scary to think about how much people (in the u.s.) aren't being told about what's going on in the world.....but by golly we all now lindsay lohan is out of jail again and snooky is pregnant! we are so lucky......


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very well-constructed hub and your points are right on. I listen to NPR and that's it. I readily admit to being jaded at this point and that's kind of sad considering how into the news I once was. Great job on this hub!


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

ChristinS: thank you! My Mom was British and I remember back when I was in high school her talking to neighbors about the British newspapers being the only way to get the real news - so I guess I was raised to be suspicious of what the main news was selling and that's just increased for me over the years!


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

twaggoner: thanks for reading! It IS scary to think about what Americans aren't being told in the news. I'll never forget the day I watched one of the main news programs (which happens rarely) and couldn't believe it when they gave everyone an update on Pitt and Jolie! Seriously?! Every minute on the program is worth who knows how much and then you have to allow for the extremely important commercial breaks and so they are actually taking up precious airtime with that?! Almost fell of the sofa!

Course what's even more scary is the fact that they are only pandering to what the majority of Americans must want - it gets ratings and that's what's important and that's why they're showing it!


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

billybuc: thanks for your comments! It does feel like one is fighting an uphill battle when trying to fix this problem. The silver lining to all of this is the internet and the ability for everyone who has access to NOT follow the mainstream media.


Sooner28 4 years ago

Just wanted to let you know, I keep coming back to this hub as a reference.


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

Hey Sooner28: I definitely take that as a compliment - thanks so much! As I will always ask of every reader: if you find anything amiss or that I should add or change, please let me know! I'm already finding other news "alternatives" I think I might have to add in the future.

You might find this article interesting - just found it the other night after I had published this one:

http://rt.com/usa/news/mainstream-media-self-censo...

"Plummeting ratings for mainstream media news networks . . . " - didn't know that was happening, but am so glad to hear it if it's true!


Sooner28 4 years ago

So far all your sources have been good and interesting. I did a quick wikisearch on all of them, and they are respectable. One of them is even fun by a university!

The plummeting ratings for the mainstream media does trouble me because people in polls suggest that they trust Fox "News" more than the other outlets, and Fox is ten times worse than any mainstream media outlet. If they become the dominant force, our public discourse will continue to decline at a rapid rate.


Sooner28 4 years ago

I found another website that has a pretty extensive list of news organizations, and some about accuracy in journalism. http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=134


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

Thank you! That's a great link! Will add it.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Free, uncensored discourse is what HubPages is all about. Caution is advised, however, for it is also a great place for empty-headed opinion mongering of the next closest thing to hate writing. This seems especially charcteristic of some of the so-called "Hubbers" who give their own slanted comments but write no Hubs of their own to justify their comments on the Hub worlds they visit. [Now I've ranted my own rant, sorry.]


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

Perspycacious: thanks for reading! I've a very good feeling that most of those "Hubbers" to which you refer do not write their own hubs to justify their comments because they can't - as you say, they are just having fun "trolling". I find that at the end of the day, they aren't smart enough to know that they're making themselves look stupid - and we all know you can't fix stupid. There - now you've got me off on my own rant. :)


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, awesome, useful and interesting. I too have written about the downfall of the news industry, but you have gone even deeper into the subject. I found this article extremely informative and well written and re-posted it to my facebook page. Many news organizations focus more on entertainment and spin the good old fashioned journalism.


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago Author

Hi, pagesvoice! Thanks so much for reading and the compliments! Did you write a hub? Will have to check it out.

I really do think that it is so important for Americans to not trust the mainstream media and seek alternative sources - and that our democracy depends on it. Just recently saw a video about the corrupt circle of media, election coverage and big business. Scary!


ja 2 years ago

thank u for making an easier for the sheep to understand u might want to research who owns these corporations and were there money goes -as in lobbyist paying out billions in gifts and insider trading tips to any politician willing to rewrite our Constitution and making laws limiting our freedoms! like reporters being corralled in news only zones and then being tear gassed, beaten and arrested if they do not comply all for trying to tell the truth. good luck out there "WE THE PEOPLE"1000 of us for every 1 of them


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Gemini Fox 2 years ago Author

Thank you for commenting, ja! Unfortunately, the sheep aren't reading this and really don't care - we'd probably be lucky if any of them attempted to watch even the mainstream "news", as lousy as that is!


Kira Ohmart 2 years ago

Thank you for sharing this. It's so important to find unbiased and edifying news sources because often, women's and minorities' representations become skewed due to the media attention and ratings that these salient, memorable, but unreliable images bring to the Big Six.


NMHusker 2 years ago

Thanks for the article. I checked a few of the sites listed and wanted to let you know, the first ad that popped up on thenation.com was one for an environmental protection group against fossil fuels. That doesn't seem very unbiased to me.


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Gemini Fox 2 years ago Author

Thank you for commenting, NMHusker. I am most definitely not a guru when it comes to the internet so am not sure if the ad on thenation.com just automatically popped up or was put there (I’m guessing you’re saying it was put there). But anyway, you’re right about some of these sites not being unbiased. Personally, I feel The Real News Network and Alternet lean to the liberal side of things. I have read articles that PBS (!) has been caught kowtowing to its sponsors. I’ve been meaning for some time to put a “disclaimer” at the bottom of the hub stating that everyone should question what they’re seeing/hearing and read a variety of sources to get the most accurate picture possible. Guess I better get on that disclaimer!


whoucrappin 2 years ago

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

This is your title but evidently I missed the unbiased list of news sites. PBS and NPR are two of the most liberal organizations around! why is it liberals and conservatives have no understanding of the meaning of unbiased? It's incredible the ignorance that's pervading every corner of our country and also the world! And now I see this will only be posted if the author ok's it? nothing like only allowing those comments you like.


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Gemini Fox 2 years ago Author

whoucrappin: thanks for commenting - but apparently you didn't read the entire article . . . such as my Author's Note at the end of it . . . or the part above the comment section where I ask for readers to add news sources they feel are unbiased. Your comment leads me to believe you might have a long list of unbiased news sources in mind, so feel free. I really am interested in hearing about them! However, part of being unbiased is actually reading or listening to what "the other side" has to say and I have a feeling that's not your forte.

As for the part of your comment which refers to it being posted only if I "ok" it? There is an option on this website that allows authors to do that, but I don't have that option enabled and can't speak for others.


rastus 15 months ago

Real News and Truthout look promising, but I have to agree with whoucrappin about NPR and PBS. Those organizations, along with The Nation, are ridiculously biased to the Left. CSMonitor is definitely Right. I'll standby for a defensive Gemini Fox attack. ;-)


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Gemini Fox 15 months ago Author

rastus: thanks for commenting - but apparently you didn't read the entire article . . . such as my Author's Note at the end of it . . . or the part above the comment section where I ask for readers to add news sources they feel are unbiased. Your comment leads me to believe you might have a long list of unbiased news sources in mind, so feel free. I really am interested in hearing about them!

With that said (once again), I will admit that part of whoucrappin’s comment is correct in regards to these news sources being “unbiased” . . . many of them are not. However, I have yet to find a commenter up to the above challenge.

Depending on a person’s life experiences and viewpoints, it’s a good bet anyone can find bias in any news article – because, really, everyone is biased to some extent, whether they are aware of it or not. Case in point, you stated The Real News looked promising. If I were to update/revamp this hub, I would probably remove that source. I think they lean very much to the left. And I disagree that the CSMonitor is “definitely Right” – I’ve referenced articles by them which trashed oil pipelines, and you know how much the Right love their oil. Frankly, I don’t think there is such a creature as “unbiased news” – some sources are just better than others and the goal of this article is to list those sources.

But to respond to your and whoucrappin’s legitimate gripe: “unbiased” . . . gone!


Bill 11 months ago

Hi Gemini -

The ProPublica link goes to .ord -- should go to propublica.org.

You can also add the below. All three have one major awards - pulitzer prizes, emmy awards amongst others, and are unbiased, nonprofit news organizations.

The Center for Investigative Reporting - revealnews.org

The Center for Public Integrity - publicintegrity.org

InsideClimate News - insideclimatenews.org


AJ 11 months ago

A lot of people I know call NPR National Pentagon Radio or National Propaganda Radio. They may do more in depth coverage on any particular news piece, but it cannot be trusted, particularly on issues of war and foreign policy. It should definitely not be on the list. At one time they were reliable, but that was a long time ago.


Monica Neil 11 months ago

FreeSpeech.org


EW 8 months ago

Hi Gemini,

You should also post the new documentary "The Brainwashing of My Dad".


Diana Cavanaugh 7 months ago

Add--One America News Network.


Reese 7 months ago

Sorry, but every suggested site is delivering the wrong message. First, most of them support specific paradigms of politics. That right there disqualifies them as being unbiased. They do so by either overt verbal support and/or by a preponderance of articles that focus in on one way of thinking.

But more damaging to all of society is the general rhetoric and selection of stories to write about. Over 90% of the articles written focus in on issues of discrimination and discord; as if nothing else is of any significance in this world. You can't bring people together when you can do nothing other than argue and complain. If you want people to come together - making real sacrifice for the well-being of others - these news sites need to turn their attention to the good things people engage in and those stories that demonstrate man's ability to work together in common good.

Sorry, these sites fail.


christina mcvaugh 6 months ago

thanks so much for the lists. I'm getting ready to teach Current Events next year-- this should be a great help!


Grace 5 months ago

Unfortunately, we'll need to remove Arabic: Al Jazeera English U.S. (aljazeera.com) from the list as they have been shut down as of end of April


likatsp@yahoo.com 5 months ago

There was NEVER a`WHY` in true NEWs reporting.. That was on the `opinion` page.. Only `Who, What,When, Where and How!! 5 not 6 Lets get this correct!!


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sixguinness 5 months ago from New York

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


Ruby 5 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.


Cassie230 5 months ago

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


anon 5 months ago

HBO's Last Week Tonight?


Kindrake 5 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!!!


John 4 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.


Perspycacious 4 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.


leighdasle 4 months ago

the nation is like Fox


WEndy 4 months ago

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


Jedmo 3 months ago

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


syprian harvey 3 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.


I Bonds 2 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.


Ryan P 2 months ago

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

http://theunopinionated.com/


Mark 2 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.


Hasnain Ashraf 2 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


reuters is democrat 2 months ago

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


Richard 2 months ago

ARE YOU KIDDING Me?

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


Kitty 2 months ago

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


maverickuv 2 months ago

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

www.dailygood.org

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


Big Fish 2 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.


Bilbo Baggins 2 months ago

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


John Connor 2 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.

THOSE WHO HATE TRUTH CALL TRUTH 'hate'


Someone 2 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...


ANON 7 weeks ago

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


Unconvinced 7 weeks ago

Apparently there are no unbiased news sources these days.


L. 6 weeks 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.


L. 6 weeks ago

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

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/18/soros-sp...

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


hmmm 6 weeks ago

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


Beechnut 6 weeks ago

I saw reuters and stopped reading. Nuff said


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notlurking 5 weeks 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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rho 3 weeks ago

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


DB 3 weeks ago

All news is corrupt and biased now.


QuestForTruth 2 weeks 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.


RealityAndUnderstanding 2 weeks 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.


NeedNews 2 weeks ago

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


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Derek Tang 2 weeks 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.


Teacher MARK 2 weeks 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!


Stéphane 2 weeks ago

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


Tiff 2 weeks 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.


Steven 2 weeks 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.


George 13 days 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.


Bob in NJ 10 days 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. :-)


HB 9 days 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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notlurking 8 days 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.....


j. fay 7 days 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.


dbmarsh 25 hours 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!


Caitiesnanny 18 hours ago

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


Jim 17 hours ago

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

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