Be Informed

Mainstream news media consistently provides the establishment spin. Do you want the real story? Turn to quality news, commentary, and investigative reporting sources that are neither owned, funded nor sponsored by corporate special interests.

To round out your political understanding, check some reputable moderate and conservative resources. Several good ones are suggested at the end of the list.

Recommended Independent & Progressive News Resources

Act.TVDo more than watch
U.S. political news videos from a grass roots social media community.
Youtube channel: Act.TV

AlterNetAlternative 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 ProspectCovering 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 & MainInvestigating 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 Now!A daily independent global news hour
A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
Youtube channel: Democracy Now!

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

DemosAn 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.

DeSmogBlogClearing the PR pollution that clouds climate science
The world’s number one source for accurate, fact based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns.

The Empire Files – A documentary and interview series
From inside history’s biggest empire: Files logged by Abby Martin recording a world shaped by war & inequality.
Youtube channel: The Empire Files

EvonomicsThe 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.

FairFairness & 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 TVIndependent 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 TimesWith 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.

Mother JonesSmart, fearless journalism
A nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political, and social justice reporting.
Youtube channel: Mother Jones

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 & CompanyVeteran 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.ComThe 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 ResistanceDaily 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. is a resource and information clearinghouse for this movement.

ProPublicaJournalism 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 StoryProgressive and independent news
Covers current national and international political and economic news and publishes its own editorials and investigative pieces.

The Real NewsNo advertising, government or corporate funding
Nonprofit, viewer-supported daily video-news and documentary service.
Youtube channel: The Real News

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 GatheringThe 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 ProgressHard-hitting political news and analysis 
A collection of liberal blogs that provide a forum to advance progressive ideas and policies.

Truth DigDrilling 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 OutFearless, 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 ChangeThe 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

The Young TurksSpeaking truth to power
TYT has their focus on a single goal: speaking truth to power in their coverage of all things important or interesting.
Youtube channel: The Young Turks

Moderate News & Commentary Resources

The AtlanticHigh 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

Bloomberg News The central nervous system of global finance
“As a global information and technology company, we connect decision makers to a dynamic network of data, people and ideas – accurately delivering business and financial information, news and insights to customers around the world.”

The EconomistA 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.orgA 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 YorkerThe 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 ConservativeA rediscovery of traditional conservatism
Authentically conservative–modest, open-minded, and uninterested in partisan chicanery. The motto is “Ideas over Ideology, Principles over Party.”

National ReviewFounded in 1955 by William F. Buckley Jr.
Up-to-the-minute conservative commentary on politics, news, and culture.

The Wall Street JournalRead ambitiously
Online coverage of business-focused breaking news and current headlines from the US and around the world.

Be aware. Be objective.


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