Switch off CNN! Switch off Fox News! And not even BBC News can be exempt from the big news Switch-off (although, they are slightly better than the previous two).
Who can say that the aforementioned news channels are always being “Fair and Balanced” in their reporting? Have they not demonstrated more than once biased reporting in favour of the sinister motives and policies of those in power?
If the conspiracy theorists are right, the mainstream news is a major propaganda tool used by the rich and powerful to brainwash the masses into relinquishing their inalienable rights and consenting for our elected masters to expand their profits at our very expense.
What seems to be mostly self-evident is that these so-called “Media Moguls of Truth” continuously bombard us with nothing but trivial events, media circuses (the recent hysteria surrounding The X-Factor here in the UK is an example of the media gone mad) and features on the superficial and banal lifestyles of the rich and famous – all this instead of concentrating on truthful reporting and serious issues happening worldwide.
I somehow get the feeling that most of this is done on purpose to distract, or more like deceive us from the knowing the truth of what’s really going on outside of our comfort zone.
WHAT NEWS PROGRAMS SHOULD WE WATCH, IF ANY?
I can recommend a couple – although I cannot corroborate every news story to be totally accurate, and if their sources of information are credible. But the observational question you should now ask yourself is: “Are human beings capable of telling the truth 100 percent of the time?”
Hopefully, the answer will be yes, but I wouldn’t bank on it, especially if they can gain something (i.e. power and position; monetary wealth; or sexual opportunity) pleasurable by telling a few porkies here and there.
However, the following two news channels seem to provide an alternative but raw reporting style, and objectivity through investigative journalism (with no celebrity gossip – thank god for that) which hopes to tackle the controversial issues that the mainstream, apparently, choose to ignore.
So get the real news, affecting real people (such as us ordinary plebs) from around the globe.
I’ll let their synopsis explain what their truth-providing mission is all about:
“Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.
Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.
New stations are adding Democracy Now! to their programming schedules all the time, and there are several movements going on around the country right now to bring Democracy Now! to new communities. To find out more about these efforts, and how to get involved, click here.
WHY INDEPENDENT MEDIA ?
For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.
But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.
In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.
And U.S. “public” media outlets accept funding from major corporations, as well as from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which has attempted in the past to exert political and editorial influence on public news producers.
Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.”
Watch here: http://www.democracynow.org/
“RT is the first 24/7 English-language news channel to bring the Russian view on global news. RT provides viewers with original stories, breaking news, comments on politics, business, and public affairs.”
“We report on the other side of the story, not making any conclusions, but raising the unanswered questions.
Tune in to watch news reports, features and talk shows with a totally different perspective from mainstream American television.”
Watch here: http://rt.com/news/today/