In this presidential election year, who do you trust to give you the unvarnished facts?
Not the mainstream press. As in everything in the marketplace, buyer beware!
As we enter the year of decision for a new president, events will happen quickly and everyone will have an opinion to share. How good are these opinions? How valid are the facts? As in everything in the marketplace, buyer beware!
In 2008 the mainstream press shilled for Obama, pure and simple. The notorious “Journ-O-list” moderated what the talking points would be. Since then, the major legacy media organizations have formed a sort of Soviet-style interlocking directorate between themselves and the White House through marriage and family ties and by moving back and forth between press and government positions.
No Sam Adams or John Peter Zenger in this crowd.
In the intervening eight years an alternative, new media has arisen. It uses Internet websites, email newsletters, radio and even cable TV to spread its message and to report the stories that the MSM won’t—or to report them with a different point of view.
Here, in no special order, is a list of five reliable sources of news, with a focus on internet-based news. Whether you’re a conservative hungering for the truth or a liberal actually tolerant of (and not allergic to) alternative views, here’s where to go in 2016:
The Daily Signal, published by the Heritage Foundation. Heritage has been around since the 1980s, but the newsletter only a couple of years old, one of the innovations we’ve seen since Jim DeMint became president. Solid reporting on stories you won’t hear from the MSM—or you’ll hear with a leftist spin. In a recent example, they told the story of the high school girls in Palatine, Ill., who didn’t want a transgendered student to use their locker room. The MSM just dismissed them as bigots and homophobes. View online at DailySignal.com or subscribe to their daily email newsletter.
Did you know that Republicans used the budget reconciliation process to send a bill to the president that will repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood? Read about it there.
The Daily Caller. They send out morning and evening newsletters and there’s an eponymous website. Founded in 2010 by Tucker Carlson, a veteran journalist, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney, the Daily Caller provides its audience with “original reporting, in-depth investigations, thought-provoking commentary and breaking news.”
It's more than a political news site but the interesting thing about the political news is that the DC seems to focus a lot on, well—DC. It boasts an awesome iPad app.
PJ Media. Started in 2005 by Roger L. Simon, Charles Johnson and Glenn Reynolds, this band of bloggers has become “a reliable source for original, unique, and cutting-edge political news and analysis.” Perhaps because of Roger Simon’s Hollywood background, this site is more focused on the culture than other conservative sites—and as we all know, politics is downstream from culture. Like the others, read them on the web or subscribe to their email newsletter. A membership subscription gets you access to additional content, such as that by the always awesome Bill Whittle.
Truth Revolt is a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. It describes itself as “not just a media watchdog – we’re a media bulldog.” Not for the faint of heart. They exist to “push back against the totalitarianism of political correctness. And…to loosen the progressive death grip on American politics and culture.”
Communities Digital News. (You saw that coming, right?) The CDN went independent after starting life as the Washington Times Communities. It’s a bit different than the other sites reviewed here. For one, it doesn’t have journalists of the professional class; instead, it has people who are experts in their chosen fields and who can write. Professional journalists often become knowledgeable of the topics they cover over time, but they’re still on the outside looking in.
For another, it’s not easily pigeonholed on opinion. You’ll find a variety of opinions here, as you will everywhere on the new media. Like a couple of the other sources reviewed here, it contains a lot more than politics. You may find some of the same stories here that you’ll find elsewhere, but always with a fresh point of view.
This list is only the tip of the iceberg that is ready to sink the MSM Titanic. These days the MSM is all about is pushing a liberal, statist and even Marxist agenda—and about fronting for candidates who ally with that agenda.
In 2008 you might not have realized that. You might not even have had a place to go for alternatives.
In 2016 you do. No excuses.