Looking for honest news sites better than what the mainstream media offers? Read on!
By Chere Di Boscio
Some chemicals in cosmetics can cause cancer. Fast fashion and overconsumption are seriously contributing to climate change. These are facts we try to present in Eluxe, because you won’t find them anywhere else in the news. No wonder most people have lost faith in corporate-owned media outlets. There are many good reasons not to trust a word they say.
For example, it was recently reported that the Pentagon paid a PR firm $540 million to make – and fake – ‘terror’ videos in Iraq. Yep, that’s right: the American government, not ISIS, was behind those nauseating scenes. And they deliberately made them to scare you into supporting even further military spending in the Middle East.
Moreover, it’s recently been shown that Project Mockingbird, the CIA’s project to embed their agents within news outlets, wasn’t killed off by George Bush Sr, as was previously believed. In fact, the Department of Justice in America has recently given the green light to hiring more FBI agents to act as undercover anti-terror investigators, which may include impersonating journalists. CNN’s Anderson Cooper is just one of several high profile journalists who has had ties to the CIA, No wonder his ABC show was called ‘The Mole’!
In 2009, it was reported that the Pentagon had hired controversial PR firm, The Rendon Group, to monitor the reporting of journalists embedded with the US military. This was done to assess whether they were providing coverage that was “positive” enough to America’s missions.
Lots Of Power, In Few Hands
The intense concentration of global media ownership means that less diversity of opinion is being heard. According to Business Insider, 90% of the American mainstream media is owned by only 6 corporations. This means your news is filtered by highly powerful interests that are often closely connected to large corporations and politicians.
Media bias – or even lying – is even more assured when millions of dollars are ‘donated’ by powerful entities. How ‘objective’ do you think the Guardian, ABC, or the BBC is in their health reporting, after receiving huge, huge handouts from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?
Perhaps most shockingly, in the USA, it is actually legal to lie in the news. The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects freedom of speech, and courts in the US have ruled on many occasions that freedom of speech also includes the freedom to lie. The rationale is that such rulings give space for unpopular statements of fact. For example, in 2012, the US Supreme Court voted 6-3 to affirm a lower court decision to overturn a conviction for lying about one’s credentials.
Washington State Supreme Court even ruled that lying to get votes, distinguishing between fact and opinion, was not something that the state should negotiate. It wrote that people, and not the government, should be the final arbiter of truth in a political debate. It’s a libertarian ideal that many might agree with – but what a shame Google and Facebook’s censors don’t take the same view, eh?
Some kinds of lying are not covered by the First Amendment. For example, lying while under oath, lying to a government official, or lying to sell a product. But the Supreme Court has emphatically ruled that media outlets have a right to lie, as this video below illustrates perfectly.
Even More Lies
With major issues like 9-11 and the wars in the Middle East, many of us are learning through social media and other channels that what we hear on the news may not be the truth. At other times, viewers had WTF moments that planted seeds of doubt about the media’s credibility. For example? Let’s take when a BBC journalist reporting live in front of building 7 spoke of its demise from the impact of the Twin Towers’ destruction – before the building had actually collapsed. Or maybe the flat-out lies about the ‘dodgy dossier‘ and ‘weapons of mass destruction‘ that to the utterly horrific destruction of Iraq.
Furthermore, some news anchors, such as Brian Williams, have been forced to admit making up false stories – in his case, about the Iraq war. But Fox News was also threatened with legal action by the mayors of Birmingham and Paris after the news network falsely stated that Muslims had taken over parts of those cities, making them ‘no go’ areas ‘even for the police’.
And there are plenty more lies and dodgy dealings that mainstream media (MSM) has been caught up in. Most recently, governments have had to backtrack on the misinformation they’ve disseminated about COVID-19. It seems their statistics are often incorrect, and many doctors disagree with the advice they’ve been giving to the public.
Clearly, the MSM is bad enough at simply reporting the facts – so hosting balanced debates is pretty much out of the question. They tend to deliver everything in terms of basic dualities: either you’re pro-Hillary or pro-Trump; you’re pro-cop or anti; you’re pro-life or pro-choice, etc. There’s never any room to ask the bigger questions; there’s no nuance. It truly is the ‘society of the spectacle‘, where we are ‘allowed’ to watch what we are given, and pick from 2 contrasting points of view. Nothing else is offered.
Plus, there’s a war on independent investigative journalism. After the US elections, where Donald Trump won the Presidency despite the MSM’s best attempts to discredit him, the establishment media erroneously blamed Russia for that (and of course, they were proven – yet again – to be wrong).
Nonetheless, the MSM has furiously declared war on what they call ‘fake news sites’ – a.k.a alternative media that actually tells the truth. Facebook has even vowed to shut ‘fake news’ down on their social media platform.
Fake News Is Real
This is not to say there aren’t a plethora of fake news sites out there – of course there are, and many of them have been deliberately created to foster confusion as to what is really going on in the world. As FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds states that in these times of ‘media wars,’ it’s essential to distinguish between authentically independent journalism and ‘fake news’ created by intelligence services to throw us off what’s really happening.
To cut through the outright manipulation and lies and get deeper insight to what’s really going on in the world, more and more people are (quite rightly) turning to independently run websites on the internet.
Sure, there’s an awful lot of rubbish out there, but if you know where to look, you can find some highly credible voices that are presenting well-researched information we should all know.
Here’s a list of 12 honest news sites that will tell you the truth about what’s happening in the world.
12 Honest News Sites Way Better Than Mainstream Media
With over 1,000 episodes, the Corbett Report has most definitely earned their reputation as one of the hardest-working and most-trusted news sources in the world. The Corbett Report has uniquely developed their own team of investigative fans who do primary research on the site’s most-requested topics. The information is archived and analyzed by James Corbett, who then turns the sources into an easy to understand video news report that always has tons of references in the show notes. Preferring to describe the service he provides as open source intelligence, the Corbett Report has been one of the best honest news sites around for many years.
Dan Dicks is your humble host on this channel. Based in Vancouver, it’s no surprise that PFT focuses on Canadian issues. Dicks is an investigative journalist and an award winning documentary filmmaker who produces videos and films about issues that the mainstream media often fails to report on, including vaccine safety, the Bilderberg meetings, transgenderism and more.
Richie Allen hosts the most listened-to alternative radio show in Europe. The self-proclaimed ‘champagne socialist’ brings on guests ranging from anti-5G activists and medical doctors offering alternative coronavirus perspectives to 911 ‘truthers’ and much more.
While Allen is undoubtedly opinionated, he always gives his guests a fair shake, and is one of the only journalists who actually challenges what they say.
In an era of so much media disinformation, Global Research aims to give clarity to issues such as the war on terror, climate change, the ‘Arab Spring’ and other major political events.
In addition to the Global Research websites, the organisation is behind The Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) is an independent research and media organization based in Montreal that’s involved in book publishing, supporting humanitarian projects and educational outreach activities including the organization of public conferences and lectures. The Centre also acts as a non-partisan think tank on crucial economic and geopolitical issues.
“News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.” That’s the quote that We Are Change chooses to define itself by, and of course their goal is to uncover what is being suppressed and to call the ‘advertising’ out for just what it is.
Basically, this is a site that covers everything from economics and GMOs to politics. It’s a site that proposes we don’t just listen passively to REAL news, but that we take action against the powers that be, too.
More an investigative chat show than a news program, Dave Rubin entertains an interesting mix of guests on his show, of all political and social leanings – from Muslim Imams to pro-Zionist Ben Shapiro and everything in the middle. Of all the honest news sites here, this may be the most ‘right’ leaning one, and personally, I think it’s way too pro-Zionist. But that being said, the Rubin Report delves into issues and perspectives with a depth the MSM rarely dares to go into, and does so with warmth and good humour.
From serious doubts about the origins of the terrorist attacks in Paris to questions about who is in fact behind ISIS, Storm Clouds Gathering presents all the information the corporate media is hiding from us. Presented in clear, simple video format, those behind this independent news site are merely a young couple who no longer live in NATO states, as they believe the leaders of those countries ‘have lost their marbles’. Spend 10 minutes watching SG’s videos, and you’ll tend to agree.
A former local Fox anchor in Cincinnati, Ohio with 2 Emmy Awards under his name, Truth in Media founder Ben Swann had 14 years of experience working as a journalist in broadcast news before he had enough and started his own website, BenSwann.com. In 2012, he was the first journalist in the world to directly interview President Barack Obama about the Constitutionality of his drone “kill list”. Since then, he expanded BenSwann.com to create TruthInMedia.com — boldly proclaiming the project’s commitment to journalism in its purest form right in the official title.
9. Media Roots
Founded by the former host of RT’s Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, Media Roots may have a strong lefty bias, but it’s still one of the most honest news sites out there.
This is a citizen journalism project that reports the news from outside party lines. Abby believes that just as the root system of a tree is more important that the tree itself, independent media is integral to the foundation and survival of a democracy. Graduating from San Diego State with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, Abby’s Media Roots regularly features exclusive podcasts discussing the latest world events with her brother Robbie.
10. The Off Guardian
Created by former Guardian readers who became disillusioned with the paper’s “increasingly distorted and tendentious news reporting on Libya, the proxy-war in Syria, and the Ukraine Crisis,” it could be said the Off-Guardian acts as something of a watchdog for the formerly left-of-centre British newspaper.
With writers from North America, Britain, and Southern and Eastern Europe, the Off Guardian is not supported by any governments, institutions or pressure groups, and believes in the sanctity of facts and the concept of truth itself – not merely in that of competing narratives.
11. Activist Post
Spiro Skouras is one of the thorough and credible journalists working on this, one of the most liberal honest news sites. Another is Derrick Broze, an investigative journalist and liberty activist, who is also the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com.
The Activist Post covers issues like the dangers of 5G, decentralising power, uncovering government corruption and maintaining civil liberties.
Strong advocates of free speech and truth in media, 21st Century Wire calls itself News for the Waking Generation. Founded in 2009, it’s a North American and Europe-based, grassroots, independent news site that works with a core team of writers, researchers, and an array of volunteer contributors who write and help to analyze news and provide a diverse perspective and opinions from around the world.
21st Century Wire writers have appeared internationally on TV, radio and in print, as well as keynote speakers at leading alternative conferences and events. They aim to deliver a consistent stream of independent research on subjects and views that are rarely covered in the corporate-owned and foundation-funded media spheres.
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