COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 3, 2016 — As we enter this presidential election year, campaigns and political news will move quickly. Every journalist and pundit will have interpretations and opinions to sell. But how good will they be? Will their facts be genuine, their opinions informed and well-reasoned?
As with anything in the marketplace, let the buyer beware.
In 2008, the mainstream press shilled for Obama. The infamous “Journ-o-list” moderated what the talking points would be. Since then, the major legacy media organizations have established something of a Soviet-style interlocking directorate between themselves and the White House through marriage and family ties and by shuttling back and forth between press and government positions.
No Sam Adams or John Peter Zenger in this crowd.
But over the last eight years, alternative new media have arisen. They make extensive use of Internet websites, email newsletters, radio and even cable TV to spread their messages and to report the stories that the MSM won’t, or to present them with a different point of view.
Here, in no special order, is a list of five reliable news sources, with a focus on Internet-based news. Whether you’re a conservative hungering for the truth or a liberal actually tolerant of alternative views, here’s where to go in 2016:
Communities Digital News. (You saw that coming, right?) CommDigiNews went independent after starting life as the Washington Times Communities. It’s a bit different from the other sites reviewed here. For one, it doesn’t rely on professional journalists. Instead, it features people who are experts in their chosen fields and who can write.
Professional journalists often become knowledgeable on the topics they cover over time, but they’re still on the outside looking in. Taking the position on an issue from the inside can give a more accurate view than from looking at the issue from the outside.
CommDigiNews writers are 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, the site also covers 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
The Daily Signal, published by the Heritage Foundation. Heritage has been around since the 1980s, but the newsletter is only a couple of years old, one of the innovations we’ve seen since Jim DeMint became president.
It offers solid reporting on stories you won’t hear from the MSM — or that you’ll hear only with a leftist spin. For instance, they recently related the story of the high school girls in Palatine, Illinois, who didn’t want a transgendered student to use their locker room.
The MSM just dismissed them as bigots and homophobes. TDS talked to the girls, themselves.
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 online at DailySignal.com or subscribe to their daily email newsletter.
The Daily Caller sends out morning and evening newsletters. It also offers an eponymous website. Founded in 2010 by veteran journalist Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Richard 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 also 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.”
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.