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Sat Feb 27, 2016, 02:39 PM

What are your sources for political news?

Corporate media has been too dominant for too long and the liberal mainstream media doesn't seem to be even trying to appear progressive anymore. I held out for a while with msnbc, hoping they would eventually listen to their audience, but finally gave up some time ago. I read a variety of online sources but tend to rely on independent media. I don't watch news on tv at all anymore. The individual progressive journalists we love have their reasons to do whatever it is they do, I do not judge them. Big money is the issue here.

So, what publications do you read, what podcasts or sites do you listen and go to? Someone asked me about mine in another thread. I figure my post is worth sharing again.

Add yours to the list.


Amy Goodman and Democracy Now

http://m.democracynow.org/

Thom Hartmann Show

http://www.thomhartmann.com/

The Majority Report

http://majority.fm/report/

The Best of the Left

http://www.bestoftheleft.com/

Benjamin Dixon Show (I'm still new to this one but I like it so far)

http://www.spreaker.com/user/thebenjamindixonshow

Also,

Free Speech TV
https://t.freespeech.org/

RT America
https://m.youtube.com/user/RTAmerica

The Young Turks
https://www.tytnetwork.com/

If you have iTunes, there's a big world of podcasts there too. If no iTunes, find Stitcher podcasts (or something like that) - google it

And if you have Sirius XM (I don't), John Fugelsang has a show. He's reliably left. I hear XM has a bunch of liberal voices but I can't say for sure.

Joe Madison - The Black Eagle is another but I don't listen to it personally.

We definitely need more women and poc political podcasters. Stephanie Miller is popular but I don't know, haven't listened yet. Someone named Randi Rhodes is coming back but I'm unfamiliar with her.

Air America died but a lot of the people from then are still around. There are also many read only online publications.

There's hope yet, corporate media is not the only game in town.

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 02:48 PM

1. I do research for a living. When I am searching for something I know how to get, no prob.

When it is a new topic I'm being asked to write about or compile statistics about, I usually call up a number of articles and read them with a critical eye. First, I cull out sources that are obviously biased or non-credible, because there's a bunch of tin foil stuff out there. I read the remaining articles and look for similarities. A great clue to credibility is if the statistics cited are the same, or if one article cites another that I'm also reviewing. Basically, the same type of research you do in college or grad school to write a paper.

Government sources, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis are good. Google Scholar is good - you can at least get abstracts and sometimes download entire scholarly articles.

I also have referred to or cited Rand, Pew, and US Congressional studies.

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Response to PatrickforO (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 03:13 PM

6. Was trained as a researcher as well but in a different field. Criteria was similar

CT sites are out. IMHO that includes GOP noise-machine spin offs like Breitbart, Drudge, WND.

AstroTurf sites are out; if a website funded by the corn syrup industry is pretending to be an 'objective' site that says corn syrup is 'healthy' why the hell would anyone believe that.

MSM sources can be OK as long as you are able to critically read thru the biases. That being said, the Moonie Times isn't MSM.

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 03:05 PM

3. I tend to stick with the major outlets and read those on a daily basis

 

WaPo, NY Times, FoxNews, CNN and Real Clear Politics (during election season) so I can get a flavor of what everyone is reporting. Also like Talking Points Memo, Slate, HuffPo and Salon. My radio is usually on Sirius Sports or music.

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 03:06 PM

4. Add these to your list

 

To be truthful, while I would recommend the following, I typically come here because I'm looking for the issues....and then the source. Don't own a television and wouldn't purchase cable if I did own a television. Entertainment is through Netflix.

Truthout
http://www.truth-out.org/


The Real News Network
http://therealnews.com/t2/

The Intercept
https://theintercept.com/

Common Dreams
http://www.commondreams.org/

Counter Punch
http://www.counterpunch.org/

AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/

The Nation
http://www.thenation.com/

On edit, there is also

The Matthew Filipowicz Show
http://matthewf.net/

The David Pakman Show
https://www.davidpakman.com/

and Mike Malloy
http://www.mikemalloy.com/

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Response to swilton (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 03:18 PM

7. For what it is worth, I take counterpunch and commondreams w a grain of salt

They're openly hostile to Dems. That includes Bernie as well. Nobody is left enough for them. That's a legitimate opinion of course, but basically their content is intended as Op-Eds.

So it is useful to read, but I don't consider them a news source.

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 04:19 PM

8. I consider that all perspectives on the spectrum are worth

 

listening to for their critiques. I can't say that I agree with everything that they say - and I did disagree with Counterpunch journalists for their circular firing squad argument that Bernie isn't left enough. But still a leftist critique is worth hearing - the truth is greater than the sum of its parts and Bernie or you or I would be seeing only half the picture if we just listened to a point on the spectrum and everything to the right of that point.

If Bernie gets elected I am hopeful that he will include all voices from the left as well as from the right. The Greens are worth as much as the Yellow Dog Democrats in terms of contemporary crises problem solving.

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Response to swilton (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 06:48 PM

9. I regularly read six of these

I occasionally read the others

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 03:09 PM

5. All those online shows plus Bernie2016.tv. They chase Bernie around the country and bring us his

rallies.

PEACE
LOVE
BERNIE

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Response to in_cog_ni_to (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 06:50 PM

10. +1

I wouldn't call them a general source for liberal news but thry do deserve some props.

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Sat Feb 27, 2016, 08:08 PM

11. Kicked and recommended to the Max!

This should be posted everywhere!

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Wed Mar 9, 2016, 01:22 AM

12. come back Randi!

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Response to Rebkeh (Original post)

Wed Mar 9, 2016, 01:29 AM

13. I go to RSN

www.readersupportednews.org

Truthout is also good.

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