By Gwendolyn H. Barry of A NEW GLOBAL MYTH ( and Jack Jodell of THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON POST (, Feb. 2, 2012  

This is a joint post by both authors which also appears at both of the above websites plus the ROUNDTREE 7 blog.

We are continually buffeted ny a corporately-owned mainstream media which either tells us outright lies, fills us to the brim with worthless, gossip-filled celebrity NON-news, completely omits important bits of REAL news, or marginalizes it and puts its own pop-culture, corporate spin on it. Like a modern-day DIOGENES, we have justifiably become cynics in serach of an honest person (or, in this specific case, an honest MEDIA source). For if all we shine our lanterns on is a steady diet of CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX “News”, we are bound to be disappointed and deprived. After all, they are thoroughly controlled and influenced by the 1%, and, in varying degrees, actually try to keep us UNinformed or MISinformed. Thankfully, we have a number of sources we can usually rely upon for accurate reporting.Some are television sources; some are magazines; some are blogs; some are online news sources. ALL are worth a look or visit. They will help dispel any confusion or delusion you may have about what’s really happening around us. Wnenever possible, we have hyperlinked these sources for you below, so you will always be able to view them easily with only one click. WE ASK THAT YOU BOOKMARK THIS POST so you can always refer to it. We also ask that you copy and paste this post and send it to whomever you think will need or appreciate it. For TRUTH and KNOWLEDGE is power, and the only way we in the majority 99% can ever hope for victory in the battle against the lies of the 1% is to confront them with it as often as we can. This, of course, is by no means a complete list of factual sources. However, it is a good start. We encourage you to supply us with other reliable sources we may have overlooked in our comments section below. Please include hyperlinks if you can.

Thank you, readers, for sharing our dogged determination to persue truth in media. Below are the sites we recommend:

DEMOCRACY NOW! with Amy Goodman ( This may also be seen on LINK TV, channel 375 on DIRECTV or channel 9410 on Dish Network, as well as at

COUNTDOWN with Keith Olbermann. Available on CURRENT TV, channel 358 on DIRECTV, channel 196 on Dish Network, channel 107 on Comcast, channel 102 on Verizon Fios, channel 103 in NY and 143 in LA on Time Warner Cable, or try

THE NATION ( is a superb magazine featuring some of the best progressive writers around. Contributors include Kristina Vandenheuvel,  Chris Hayes, and Naomi Klein, among many others. This link leads you to their online version.

THOM HARTMANN ( is your online source for a man who often features news other sources often don’t have.

CROOKS AND LIARS ( is an outstanding digest of stories often ignored or underreported by the mainstream media.

POLITICS PLUS ( is another not-to-be-overlooked source for a wide range of political information.

MOTHER JONES ( is a great source for a wide variety of topical issues.

THE DAILY KOS ( reports on a number of items rarely covered by network TV news.

ALTER NET ( is a tremendous source of thought-provoking info gathered from a huge variety of sources and knowledgeable authors. This resource is definitely worth frequent visits!

BBC News ( gives you a wealth of worldwide news from outside our country, and even provides us with an insight as to how events in the U.S. are perceived by the rest of the wotld. AL JAZEERA ( does much the same as BBC News, but gives us a unique Middle East perspective. English language versions can also be heard daily on LINK TV. GOOGLE ( is a much used, highly valuable search engine that can lead you to vast stores of knowledge found anywhere on the internet. Just go there, key in a term or phrase, and you will instantly receive literally thousands of choices to choose from for virtually anything you wish to find out.

CBC NEWS ( is THE site to go for comprehensive world and local news from our great neighbor to the north. You will find their coverage of events within the U.S., to be quite interesting and revealing.

THE GUARDIAN ( will give you world news and insights from the UK’s greatest progressive newspaper about stories rarely found in our own TV or newspapers.

OPEN SECRETS ( is a goodie which reveals exactly who, and how much they have contributed to, the officeholder or challenger of your choice.

RUSSIA TODAY (   offers unique news coverage, essentially an open and HONEST international coverage that is quickly becoming THE resource for several co-ordinate news services such as Young Turks, Countdown and Democracy Now. Apaer from regular news updates, yjis source offers valuable insights into Russian history, culture, and opinions.

THE REAL NEWS NETWORK ( provides us with great international coveragevia independent objective video  reporting of current events coupled with progressive / Left commentary.

RAW STORY ( gives aggregate online news with sensational / objective coverage.  They cover breaking news with an honest, progressive bent.

WIKILEAKS (  is an international online self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers.   Vital resource in deep research or the breaking news they can be singularly responsible for.   They represent a ground breaking free press for the new age.

TRUTH OUT ( has ontemporary writers forming the Progressive push in the United States… Chris Hedges, Robert Riech, leading the way.  Truthout provides an independent platform for  in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis, to reveal systemic injustice and offer transformative ideas to strengthen democracy. _

ROLLING STONE -POLITICS ( offers  edgy, accurate, politically corrective opinions via the Gonzo tradition!   Matt Taibbi, Tim Dickerson, David Browne….honest, competent coverage of what is really going on.

BUZZFLASH! ( BuzzFlash’s model of progressive journalism is truly unique.  They don’t just write about progressive change; they provide — through the BuzzFlash Progressive Market Place — a vehicle to create change.  (I’ll discuss our support of direct activism in a future blog, that is the kind of public demonstrations the Green Movement in Iran is engaging in). There is simply no other journalistic model we know of that helps create a new economy to advance progressive ideals and uses a small portion of those sales to finance progressive journalism!

GRIST ( Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999 — which, to be frank, was way before most people cared about such things. Now that green is in every headline and on every store shelf (bamboo hair gel, anyone?), Grist is the one site you can count on to help you make sense of it all.

OCCUPY WALL STREET ( Worldwide revolution!  Daily Action reports from all over the US and the globe.  Calender of Action events and coordinate Actions with sister / brother Occupy’s global.

OCCUPY TOGETHER (  American and international coverage of Actions / Events supporting the Occupy Movement.
MEDIA MATTERS (  News correct!  Watchdog news group reporting the lies and duplicity of the MSM.

PUNK PATRIOT ( espouses Life, Liberty and Less F*****Up Government.  The Punk does youtube, blogspot, twitter, tumbler and he brings up a new, edgy awareness of the day.  Original promoter for and GA member of OWS.  Commentary with intelligent insight and overview.ACRONYM TV (   Dennis Trainor Jr.!!!  Chronicling via video the worldwide revolution. (Formerly Opinionated, aggressive , and often funny, Acronym TV shines a seriously unserious, reverentially irreverent light on issues that are often ignored by the corporate media; issues of interest to the progressively-minded citizen of the world. ACRONYM, because you stand for something!
So…..Which Side Are You On?  If you are interested in hearing the objective truth, consult the links above.  They absolutely give a Progressive, Left leaning stance… they absolutely express just and equitable opinions concerning the vitality of a working economy, the health of environment and the social / political issues pressing us.  Use discernment with all ‘news sources’.  Establish a few you are compatible with and hear a more honest, non corporate motivated recount of the events of the day. 

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. Mr Jack did the major writing and guiding here! Ta Jack for putting this together and letting me help a little. 🙂

    • jackjodell53 says:

      It was the questions Jim Joiner posed on your Here Be Monsters radio show last Sunday that inspired this post. Rhanks to both of you for that!

  2. Hello Jack,
    I would take this time to pass on a true story from one company I worked at for 15 years. After I had left and took my retirement wealth with me, the company was sold to a group of “Investment Bankers” who kept it for five years. After those five years, they were sold to another group of “Investment Bankers.” In the early days the man who owned the company, use to award “Profit Sharing” to employees as a means of retirement. Later on he set up a matching 401K fund and continued to contribute a somewhat smaller “Profit Sharing” funds every year.

    To fast forward to the last group of “Investment Bankers,” shortly after purchasing the company, they informed the employees who were there during the “Profit Sharing” years, that this was profits of the company and belonged to the company….there for belonging to the group of “Investment Bankers.” The “Investment Banker Group” pulled the “Profit Sharing” funds from these employees’ retirement funds and divided the money among themselves….about the average sum of 20% of what they had occurred over the 20 to 30 years they had worked for the company.

    Yes this was made legal 10 years ago during the W. Bush / Cheney and Republican controlled House and Senate administration years.

    The interesting part is I find this self inflected because many of these Middle Class industry workers considered themselves as “Religious Conservative Republicans” and voted as such. Their only outcome and reward for their faithful Republican votes were to loose a large part of their retirement funds just when it comes time for many to think about retiring. Needless to say, they will end up being wards of the State and Nation with the rest of the Middle Class working citizens to support them because they will run out of money and be too poor to support themselves properly in their Golden Years.

    To summarize, they voted and set up the scenarios, allowing for the legal stealing of their retirement wealth by these “Investment Banker Groups.” I hope the citizens of this nation will wake up and realize the travesty that has been brought on by themselves through their political voting.

    Even with what wealth I have accumulated in life, bottom line I still consider myself as Middle Class with Middle Class values, Middle Class viewpoints and Middle Class interest….because that is what I truly am. Those who have accumulated less than I have but think they are “Economically Conservative Republicans” and vote as such, are really just delusionally fooling themselves.

    • Fools and their money were soon parted. No schadenfreude, though. It’s sad.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer vof Knowledge,
      Thank you for sharing that horrifying example of how greedy capiralist swindlers have conspired to screw their loyal workers, with the aid of ethically bankrupt, short-sighted, greedy, STUPID Republicans in government like DICK Cheney, George Bush, and MITT ROMNEY! It just goes to show how the “free market” ideology is a perverse form of capitalism which only benefits the rich and powerful. Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand, and all those of like mind should burn in hell forever.

  3. Another great resource list, Jack and Gwendolyn. Good job!

    My suggestions for additions are C-SPAN, MSNBC, Randi Rhodes:
    and Washington Monthly / Political Animal blog:

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thanks for submitting that fine list, S.W. We were getting a little concerned with MSNBC, but with the news that Melissa Harris-Perry will be starting her own show there starting the morning of 2/18, plus the fairly recent addition of Chris Hayes, it is clear that they, too, deserve recognition. The selection of C-SPAN and Randi Rhodes were good ones, too. We’ll overcome these low-information voters yet!

  4. Hello Jack,
    I know this is off topic and I apologize in advance, but I thought I would pass on this interesting bit of facts because on this day, February 6, 1974, President Richard Nixon sent a “Special Message to the Congress” asking them to pass his “Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan.”

    The letter to Congress started off like this….

    “To the Congress of the United States:
    One of the most cherished goals of our democracy is to assure every American an equal opportunity to lead a full and productive life.”

    It then goes onto say:
    “Now it is time that we move forward again in still another critical area: health care.
    Without adequate health care, no one can make full use of his or her talents and opportunities. It is thus just as important that economic, racial and social barriers not stand in the way of “GOOD HEALTH CARE” as it is to eliminate those barriers to a good education and a good job.”

    The rest of the letter is on the link below.

    YES!!! 38 years ago Republican President Richard Nixon proposed and pleaded with Congress to pass his Obamacare!!

    • Nixon was a conservative mostly in contrast to the radicalized anti-war left and, socially, to hippy types. Politically, he toyed with the idea of having a negative income tax, which was a very progressive notion right out of European democratic socialism. Nixon also slapped on price controls when inflation started getting out of hand instead of letting the invisible hand of the free market stick it to millions of consumers. One thing’s for sure: Nixon couldn’t get the GOP nomination from today’s radical-right Republicans.

      • Hello S.W.
        I was a High School Kid working in a grocery store when Nixon froze not only pricing but wages too. I remember coming home one night and telling my parents that the National Grocery Store I worked for was jacking up pricing on items, changing them right on the shelves with customers walking by.

        After a few weeks of this the National Grocery Store was fined and penalized by the Government for fleecing the public during the time of the price freeze. The employees had to go back and lower the prices on items that were lower than what they originally were.

        You are very correct; Nixon couldn’t get the GOP nomination from today’s radical-right Republicans. He would not even be a thought of consideration of even being a Republican….in essence RINO.

  5. jackjodell53 says:

    Hello, Engineer of Knowledge,
    Thank you for that reminder. Nixon was, to a degree, the last LIBERAL Republican President. After him, of course, we got the rule-exclusively-by-vetu conservative Gerald Ford, then the disastrous anti-labor, trickle down nonsense of Reagan, then the aristocratic Bush I, then the disastrous Bush 2, arguably the very worst President in our entire history. No, the GOP since Nixon has offered little to the country outside of corporate welfare. It is interesting to note that, to his dying day, Teddy Kennedy regretted not taking Nixon up on his health care plan, and instead opposed it on narrow partisan grounds…

  6. Tom Harper says:

    Great list. Shows what a rut I’ve been in. The 3 non-mainstream sites I visit most are Raw Story, Talking Points Memo and Think Progress. I also check out MSNBC and regularly (sorry, what can I say.)

    I used to be on Buzzflash’s e-mail list. I must have fallen off their radar at some point, or vice versa. I’d forgotten all about them until I saw them on your list. I’m already linked to some of the other sites you mentioned; I just forget to go there.

    I also would recommend The Hill. It’s a little wonkish, but it’s an interesting inside view of the Washington DC sausage factory.

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