When the mainstream news media fails, I urge you to turn to these quality news and commentary resources. My list is predominated by progressive resources, and most of them provide news reports, investigative journalism, and commentary that is neither funded nor sponsored by corporate or special interests.
To round out your political understanding, check the end of the list for moderate and conservative resources. Again, you’ll see my preference is for independent and/or high-quality information resources. Frankly, these sections are currently sparse — suggestions welcome!
Recommended Progressive & Independent News Resources
AlterNet – Alternative news and information
A program of the Independent Media Institute (IMI), a nonprofit organization that empowers people with independent journalism, information, and media tools.
The American Prospect – Covering politics, culture, and policy from a liberal perspective
Aims to strengthen the capacity of activists, engaged citizens, and public officials to pursue new policies and new possibilities for social justice.
Capital & Main – Investigating power & politics
A platform for those who share the belief that we can and must build an economy that works for all of us. Nonpartisan.
Common Dreams – Breaking news and views for the progressive community
A diverse mix of breaking news, insightful views, videos and press releases covering issues that resonate with progressives in every corner of the globe.
Democracy at Work – For economic justice
Based on the book Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D. Wolff, the organization advocates for democratic workplaces – including worker cooperatives and workers self-directed enterprises (WSDEs) – as a key part of moving forward from the current model of capitalism to a new and better economy.
Youtube channel: Democracy at Work
Demos – An equal say and an equal chance for all
A public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.
DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science
The world’s number one source for accurate, fact based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns.
Evonomics – The next evolution of economics
Good economic thinking, widely shared, understood, and implemented in public policy, can make the world a far better place. They’re committed to helping that happen.
Fair – Fairness & accuracy in reporting
An anti-censorship organization that exposes neglected news stories and defends working journalists when they are muzzled. As a progressive group, FAIR believes that structural reform is ultimately needed to break up the dominant media conglomerates, establish independent public broadcasting and promote strong non-profit sources of information.
Youtube channel: Fair TV
Free Speech TV – Independent news network committed to advancing progressive social change
One of the last standing national independent news channels. As a nonprofit with freedom from corporate control and government pressure, it is uniquely positioned to elevate perspectives that often don’t break through the corporate media filter. A more just and democratic world is possible when media empowers people with the information they need to fight for what matters.
Independent Voter Network (IVN) – A progressive approach to journalism
The Independent Voter Network is a platform that is open to anyone who wants to participate in civil dialogue, whatever ideological tendencies they may hold.
The Intercept – Unofficial Sources. If you want the truth, don’t ask the official sources.
Dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism. Bringing transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions. Written by journalists with the editorial freedom and legal support to pursue truth. Founded by Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill.
In These Times – With liberty and justice for all…
Independent, nonprofit magazine dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.
MintPress News – Independent watchdog journalism
Coverage on the effects of special interest groups, big business and lobbying efforts and how they shape policies at home and abroad, including American foreign policy. Through the lens of social justice and human rights.
Youtube channel: MintPress News
Moyers & Company – Veteran journalist Bill Moyers
A weekly series of smart talk and new ideas aimed at helping viewers make sense of our tumultuous times through the insight of America’s strongest thinkers.
The Nation – Weekly journal of opinion, featuring analysis on politics and culture
The oldest continuously published weekly magazine (since 1865) in the United States, and the most widely read weekly journal of progressive political and cultural news, opinion and analysis.
Occupy.Com – The voices of Occupy
Media channel that amplifies the voices of the 99%. News and media as tools to call for social, economic and environmental justice. Seeking to inspire resistance, engagement and the creation of the new world the 99% imagines.
Popular Resistance – Daily movement news and resources
With the corporate takeover of federal and state governments, more people are becoming politically active in new and creative ways. A growing culture of resistance is utilizing nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience as a primary tactic, and is forming real democratic organizations to empower local communities—as opposed to working within the corrupt government dominated by a two-corporate party system and within an unfair, big finance, capitalist economy. PopularResistance.org is a resource and information clearinghouse for this movement.
ProPublica – Journalism in the public interest
An independent, non-profit, nonpartisan newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.
Ralph Nader Radio Hour – What’s happening in America, what’s happening around the world, and most importantly what’s happening underneath it all.
Ralph Nader is joined by co-hosts Steve Skrovan and David Feldman for a lively informative hour of interviews with some of the nation’s most influential movers and shakers, and thought provoking discussions of the weeks news.
Raw Story – Progressive and independent news
Covers current national and international political and economic news and publishes its own editorials and investigative pieces.
Robert Reich – A focus on inequality in America
Robert Reich is an American political commentator, professor, and author. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997
Youtube channel: Inequality Media
RT America – Question More
RT covers major issues of our time for viewers wanting to Question More and delivers stories overlooked by the mainstream media to create news with an edge. RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints international audience with a Russian viewpoint.
Youtube channel: RT America
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) – Battling racial and social injustice
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
Storm Clouds Gathering – The truth is extreme
News, politics, geopolitical analysis and philosophy for those who like to think outside the box. New videos every week day. (Note: This site is not for the faint-hearted.)
Youtube channel: Storm Clouds Gathering
Think Progress – Hard-hitting political news and analysis
A collection of liberal blogs that provide a forum to advance progressive ideas and policies.
Truth Dig – Drilling beneath the headlines
Provides expert coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view. The site is built around reports by authorities in their fields who conduct in-depth exploration of contemporary topics.
Truth Out – Fearless, independent news and opinion
Reveals systemic injustice and provids a platform for transformative ideas through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. A powerful, independent voice to spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action that is necessary to save the planet and humanity.
VICE News – International news org created by and for a connected generation
Bringing you an unvarnished look at some of the most important events of our time, and shining a light on underreported stories around the globe. Reporters call it like they see it, and get to the heart of the matter.
Youtube channel: VICE News
We Are Change – The change we wish to see in this world
Nonpartisan, independent media organization comprised of individuals and groups working to expose corruption worldwide.
Youtube channel: We Are Change
Moderate News & Commentary Resources
The Atlantic – High quality reviews since 1857
Covering news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international, and life from a moderate worldview.
Youtube channel: The Atlantic
The Economist – A competent and subtle Western periodical on public affairs
A mixed bag, it takes an editorial stance of classical and economic liberalism which is supportive of free trade, globalization, free immigration and cultural liberalism.
FactCheck.org – A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.
The New Yorker – The best writing anywhere, everywhere
Signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, popular culture and the arts, science and technology, and business, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons. Known rigorous fact checking and copyediting.
Conservative News & Commentary Resources
The American Conservative – A rediscovery of traditional conservatism
Authentically conservative–modest, open-minded, and uninterested in partisan chicanery. The motto is “Ideas over Ideology, Principles over Party.”
National Review – Founded in 1955 by William F. Buckley Jr.
Up-to-the-minute conservative commentary on politics, news, and culture.
The Wall Street Journal – Read ambitiously
Online coverage of business-focused breaking news and current headlines from the US and around the world.
Far-Right News & Commentary — For Analysis and Understanding
Conservative Review – Best-in-class conservative analysis and commentary
Politicians and candidates run ads telling conservatives what they want to hear because campaign ads, like it or not, work. Politicians are selling a product, themselves, to you the voter. To cut through the talking points and the smoke and mirrors, Conservative Review® employs two main tools: the Liberty Score® and in-depth profiles.
Red State – For right-of-center activists
An American conservative political blog. It functions as an opinion based discussion forum and group blog for a variety of conservative activists.
Be aware. Be objective.