Media Links

Someone asked what the best news source is to watch/ read.

I have no idea. The question itself shows a lack of understanding on the part of the question asker. There is no ONE you should rely on exclusively that is THE BEST.

This WINNING!!! mentality generally ends up in intellectual laziness.

We all know people who keep to their filter bubbles. These folks imagine everything they need to know is in the New York Times, by definition. The appeal to authority.

We all know people who keep to their echo chambers. Utopian safe spaces mean one never has to consider dissenting information, other than that which comes from the burning of a hypocrite strawman. These folks imagine Rush Limbaugh is always right.

In other words, don’t trust. . Don’t go look for the one you want to hear. WINNING!!! is the path down magical thinking to its 31 assorted flavors of delusion.

Don’t just get a second opinion, cultivate a hundred media sources. Relying on one is a recipe for simpleton pie, be that ONE Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity, or my dog Frodo.

Keep in mind, the majority of the media are owned by the same people.

The media bias chart in the header can point you in a direction. If you have technical difficulties, it also lives here: Media Bias Chart

Suggest looking at different sources rather than believing any one of them alone dispenses “The Truth.” Good luck with that!

Looking at this Media Bias chart, what do we see?

Looks like someone assumed this media bias thing is a normal distribution. Gaussian.

So the persons making this chart tried to get their data to fit this bell shape.

I don’t think the data actually do fit this shape; we won’t get into much detail why that is.

In any case, we see a “normal distribution” very frequently in the world, so it is a “normal” looking graph. We expect to see this kind of thing.

If you look at the link on normal distributions above, it discusses “being skewed.” Not being “skewered” like shishkabob.

If a graph is skewed, then it is not really normal because it is not symmetric, and so on. Looking at mirror images, the right side is bigger than the left side, or something else is not “normal” about the data.

Therefore, we can look at any individual media source (e.g,, MSNBC, CNN, & Fox News), put it somewhere on the curve, and say it is on the “left” or the “right” side, or alternatively, is it in the middle.

This normal distribution says that in America, most media should be in the middle. This should be common.

What I am asking you is whether or not this is true of America right now.

My response is no, it is not. Why? The whole chart is shifted to the right, such that the right side is bigger than the left side.

We can say the chart is not really “normal,” instead it is “skewed right.”

Sorry if this seems pedantic and you already know all this stuff. If you can grasp the meaning – which is simple but people argue like hell about it anyway – then you are already ahead of the average person’s understanding in America.

You are smarter than a 5th grader.

This is what this website is about. We want to talk about this political stuff in a way which makes us smarter than the average 5th grader.

By request, here are links to suggested mostly-not-fake political news sources.

Aeon

AlJazeera

AlterNet

American Conservative

AntiWar

Atlantic

Axios

BBC

Black Agenda Report

Bloomberg

Bulletin Atomic Scientists

Business Insider

Caitlin Johnstone

Canary

Common Dreams

Consortium News

Conversation

Cornel West

CounterPunch

Craig Murray

David Wong

DeadSpin

Democracy Now!

Diplomat

Dissent

Dissident Voice

Economist

Evonomics

Fabius Maximus

FactCheck

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting

FiveThirtyEight

Foreign Policy

Gaius Publius

Ghion Journal

GlobalResearch

Grayzone Project

Guardian

Hill

Incerto

Independent

Independent Media Institute

Information Clearing House

Institute New Economic Thinking

Institute for Public Accuracy

Insurge Intelligence

Intercept

Jacobin

Jimmy Dore

Jonathan Cook

Lee Camp

London Review Books

MediaBias/ FactCheck

Media Lens

MediaMatters

Michael Hudson

Mint Press News

Moon of Alabama

Mother Jones

Naked Capitalism

Nation

National Review

Neurologica

New Economic Perspectives

New Republic

New Yorker- Jane Mayer

New York Review Books

NPR

O Society

OilPrice

On Contact

Open Democracy

OpenSecrets

Pacific Standard

Paul Craig Roberts

PBS

Pepe Escobar

Politico

Politifact

ProPublica

Psychology Today

RationalWiki

Reader Supported News

Real Clear Politics

Real News

Redacted Tonight

Rolling Stone

Root

Round Up

RT

Salon

Science-Based Medicine

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Smirking Chimp

Snopes

Stonekettle Station

Strategic Culture

Suzie Dawson

ThinkProgress

TomDispatch

TruthDig

TruthOut

Unz Review

Vox

Washington Times

WikiLeaks

World Socialist Web Site

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