posted on Aug, 18 2010 @ 03:56 PM
It's almost a full time job trying to stay informed, while learning how to spot the disinformation that you need to filter out. I've found that
there are many sources out there, even a couple in the mainstream, that do a great job not only reporting the news, but adding much needed context as
well. No one place is good for all kinds of news. For example, the places to go for solid economic news are not usually the best places for news about
human rights. To be fully informed, you need a variety of sources that tend to have strengths in certain areas. Another very important factor in
getting an informed view on the news of the day are sites/blogs that have intelligent and well informed replies that will add to the topic in
meaningful ways. The comment sections of certain sites I've found are invaluable tools to point you towards other good sites and useful information.
I'll make a list here of some of the best sources I've found for news. A lot of them tend to lean towards populist progressive and libertarian
viewpoints, as these two schools of political thought are currently cut out of our power structure in the US. ie: they tend to speak out against TPTB,
and are not in a corporation's back pocket (with a couple of exceptions). I hope this list helps.
For national and international news, it's best to stick with a number of international organizations and independent US sources. Keep in mind that
each of these sources may also have a skewed point of view on certain issues, so again, multiple sources are suggested.
Al Jazeera English, Russia Today, Press TV, France 24, BBC, Democracy Now, The Real News Network, ICN on You Tube, Free Speech TV, Frontline on PBS,
and GRITtv are all good sites/channels that have video reportage, and most have good news sites as well.
ECONOMICS--I'm no economist, but since money/control of resources is the main driver of geo-politics, it's important to at least try and learn some
basics. I've learned a TON from these two blogs, and the comment sections contain a wealth of information. Very intelligent readership on both
Naked Capitalism--the stories are well researched, and I can spend hours in the comment sections.
Zero Hedge-- This is a blog for industry insiders, and the stories can get VERY technical. Don't let that scare you away--the posters here are cut
from the same cloth as many from ATS, Alex Jones, etc. You will gain valuable insight reading comments here, and usually get a good laugh as
well.These are smart people with a sense of humor, often with information that doesn't always hit the mainstream. I go here several times daily.
COLUMNISTS--a few journalists from various sources that I read daily or however often they publish.
Glenn Greenwald from Salon.com--I guess you can say he's a progressive constitutionalist. He's a constitutional lawyer, and may be the smartest
journalist out there today. Very well researched, always posts his sources, and holds people's feet to the fire, be they left, right, or other.
Jeremy Scahill from The Nation--knows more about our adventures in the middle east than most. Wrote a book about Blackwater. He knows his stuff.
I also like Greg Palast, Seymour Hersch, Juan Gonzales, Matt Tiabbi, Amy Goodman, and digby from Hullabaloo, Mac McClelland from Mother Jones, among
OTHER NEWS/OPINION SITES--
The Daily Bell
The BRAD Blog
The Oil Drum
ALTERNATE VIEWS (omg it's a conspiracy) -- Funny how stories from these sites are hitting the mainstream more and more. Be cautious however, as
misinfo and disinfo can be found here along with the ugly truth. (much like mainstream media)
Coast to Coast AM
Cutting Thru the Matrix (love it)
Wayne Madsen Report
This list is by no means complete, but I've found these sources to be pretty solid and informative overall. Enjoy!