Many people do not realise that just how much bias and disinformation can be found in the mainstream Western media. It took me many years to realise this, and I have since then become wary of mainstream Western news reports. Far from being objective news as been widely acclaimed, the reports and analysis are usually propaganda material used to further their geo-political dominance. They are in-reality controlled by corporates interest groups, albeit in a more subtle ways than those in China and other developing countries etc. Thus the world view that we have are largely controlled, by the few major global news agency, namely Reuters, AFP, AP , while TV news media are dominated by the likes CNN, BBC and Bloomberg news.
How does get to know the real truths out there? Honestly, I cannot say with certainty what is the truth, as every news source has its own bias. But things are usually more complicated than what have been reported in the mainstream media. Reading from a variety of sources provide me with better understanding of issues involves, and I dare say allows me to get closer to the truth.
Following is my list of alternative media news site:
- http://www.globalresearch.ca/ (site with wide range of news articles, in-depth reports and analysis on issues which are barely covered by the mainstream media. It claims to focus on the “unspoken truth.)
- http://www.fpif.org/ (Foreign Policy In Focus claim to offer the most provocative and trenchant commentary and analysis on foreign affairs by tackling critical issues getting short shrift by policymakers and in the mainstream media: military outsourcing, drone attacks, immigration, Islamophobia, terrorism, military bases, and so much more.)
- http://www.counterpunch.org/ (arguably most famous anti-establishment political web site that contains articles from famous Western ‘leftist dissidents’ like Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Ralph Nader, Robert Fisk etc)
- http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ (news you won’t find on CNN or Foxnews or SMH )
- http://www.countercurrents.org/index.htm (alternative news media based in Kerala, India)
- http://www.4thmedia.org/ (China based alternative news media that focus on the world issues)