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world newsMy name is Ryan Dube and I am a corporate news media addict. There…I said it. I love the glitzy commercials, the shiny well-funded world news websites with lots of widgets and cool gadgets to feed my mobile phone and my PC with piles of important news headlines, like who won the Oscars last night or how President Obama’s wonderful budget impact my taxes.

You know – the sort of stuff that you gaze over while you’re sipping on your morning coffee, content that all is right in the world, and that the Western World is the center of the Universe and always in the right. In this article, I’m going to share 5 world news websites that completely shatter that unrealistic view of the world.


Last year I was discussing world military events with a friend from the UK. He made a comment about U.S. and U.K. military action in Iraq that I hadn’t heard about. I was flummoxed. Up to that point, I was an avid reader of all of the corporate news media giants – CNN, Fox News, and CBS. I trusted those news organizations to deliver the most important news in the world to my doorstep.

He forwarded me the link from an Independent UK news organization. I read the story, and grew angrier with every sentence – not because of the content but because I hadn’t heard about it. I went back and sifted through my favorite media sites, and eventually found the news story, but it was buried under mountains of other headlines deemed far more important – things like Britney Spear’s emotional breakdown. That experience lit a fire under me – never again would I subject myself to the biased headlines of corporate media.

Independent News – The Way News Used to Be

There was a time – and old-school journalists remember it well – when journalism as a career meant being so passionate about getting the truth in front of the public eye, that one would resort to extremes of self-sacrifice. As world governments, dictators and entire armies sought to pin entire populations down under oppressive regimes – the valiant journalist served as a citizen spy, going where even many CIA operatives failed to go, and reporting back their stories to the entire world.

True journalism broke the back of oppression – it exposed deceit and corruption to the light of day. But today…well, today we have stories about the latest movies out over the weekend, and updates about the Toyota Recall. The media itself is now a bastion of corporate corruption.

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However, we have hope in the form of Independent media. There are still organizations that believe in those founding ideals of journalism – there are still journalists that hold true to the principles that keep democratic societies informed about the atrocities and corruption taking place throughout the world. This list of unbiased world news websites is my nod of support and admiration for those organizations, my own small contribution to the destruction of that bloated creature known as Corporate Media.

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I’m starting with the UK-based The Independent because it was the news source that my friend forwarded to me years ago. I do believe private funding supports the organization, but from my personal use of the site for news stories, I’ve noticed that they cover many world news stories which many other corporate owned entities avoid. You may find Hollywood gossip-style stories here and there, but nowhere near as bad as U.S. based media sources.

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I think my favorite source for unbiased, hard-hitting stories is the world news website TheRealNews. This news program is a flagship show of the Independent World Television (IWT). They accept no advertising (even The Independent can’t say that), and their mission statement is inspiring for any young journalist just entering into the news industry. From TheRealNews about page:

“The movements for the rights of working people, women, children, immigrants, indigenous people, for freedom of religion and conscience, for moral and spiritual values and for peace and against racism are news. The health of our planet will be a story, day after day.”

Now, doesn’t that just make you want to stand up and take your hat off? This is an organization that truly understands and adheres to the founding principles of journalism.

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The Independent Media Center just has guerrilla journalism written all over it. I picture brave journalists from all corners of the world, interviewing victims in war-torn countries and other centers of violence simply to get their stories out to the world. The IMC, as it is affectionately called, hosts news blogs from independent journalists throughout the world, including Iraq, Iran, Israel and Palestine just to name a few. Want the real scoop on world news? You know that you’ll get the real story here.

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World News is sort of an aggregate of many world news websites, including the likes of Al Jazeera, BBC News, The Guardian and The Times of India. While individual news sources may not be totally unbiased or completely free of censorship, you can rest assured that if you’re getting all of your news from World News, then you know that you’ll be betting all sides of the story.

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I know I said The Real News is my favorite independent news source, AlterNet is actually my other favorite. Founded in 1998, AlterNet led the way for all future journalists seeking to break from from the scourge of Corporate Media. The articles there cover significant issues, and it also highlights stories from other independent news sources.

The site’s mission statement is just as inspiring:

“AlterNet’s aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, health care issues, and more.”

When the world seems crazy and confusing and you just don’t know where to turn anymore to get the truth, websites like AlterNet offer you a refuge. It gives you a place that you can return to and know that you’re not being fed propaganda or political party lines. Independent news is the real stuff, and these are the world news websites where you can get it.

Do you know of any other excellent Independent news sites? Share your favorites with other readers in the comments section below.

  1. Mary
    November 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I read the entire article and was ready to trust this guy....then I click on one of his links and it brought me directly to amazon site to buy a firestick. Done here

  2. David
    November 18, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I gave your website a chance. While in search of factual news, I learned that the first three articles I read were totally false. What a disappointment. I am from the fourth planet in Alpha Centauri and must go elsewhere on Terra for the truth.

  3. Larissa
    October 20, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    just went over to alter net and the homepage is horrific

    could not be more biased if they were directly funded by the Clinton Foundation

    No thank you!

    • Carole
      October 20, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      I totally agree

    • Tresha
      October 25, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      Same here. I checked it out, almost every headline was anti Trump. Not a single article on the crimes Hillary has committed and is committing. Very biased.

    • Pegnmil
      October 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      I totally agree! I was trying to find some real news and that site is as biased as all the main media. This site is stale as AlterNet has sold out.

      The Real News site is also pretty lame in real news.

      Independent seemed to be a pretty good site for world news. At least in the articles I was reading. I'm going to give it a week to see how it goes.

  4. go
    October 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    No organization that claims "advocacy" for anything can be unbaised. My degree and work experience are in PR and media, and Alternet is not even close to "real" journalism. Remember, people under 50 equate journalism with advocacy. But they cannot exist in the same space. Advocacy is what the editors and columnists do on the opinion page. It does not belong in the "real" news, if we even have that anywhere anymore.

  5. Jess
    October 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Alternet is complete crap. It is a far left leaning, Clinton loving, war pushing; mindless site. Why the hell would this be added to this list?

    • AES
      October 10, 2016 at 1:45 am

      I agree. No sign of unbiased reporting at all.
      Nothing to say about Friday's Wikileaks Podesta email dump.
      Also, no ability to search the site.

  6. fyhhj
    October 3, 2016 at 9:14 am

    obviously google is ranking the "unbias news website" about a miles to the left and at the top. how about an "unbias search engine."

    • Larry Miller
      October 15, 2016 at 1:32 am

      Unbiased search engine that will NOT track you is DuckDuckGo

  7. Atjis
    September 28, 2016 at 4:52 am

    I was excited to try out your recommended sites. I'm sick of biased news "reporting." So I checked out Alternet first. Right now they have at least 10 front page stories bombasting Trump and praising Hillary. Every political story on their front page is pro-Hillary and anti-GOP. Where is the neutrality you were referring to? I feel like I'm browsing MSNBC.

  8. lloyd dettering
    September 28, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Here's something that ought to worry you more. It started long before during the Paul Martin government. Maybe even before :

    Sam Harris, in your book "Free Will", you quote Joshua Komisarjevsky, a career criminal, as claiming to have been stunned by his own behavior and that he had not consciously intended to kill anyone. As you've said 'such details might begin to give us pause'. In the Wikipedia biography of "Dr. Jose Manuel Rodriguez Delgado, a Spanish professor of physiology at Yale University, famed for his research on mind control through electrical stimulation of the brain", in Reference #9, "Delgado later learned he could duplicate the results he got with the stimoceiver without any implants at all, using only specific types of electromagnetic radiation interacting with the brain. He lamented he didn't have access to the technology when (General) Franco (of Spain) was in power, as it would have allowed him to control the dictator at a distance". Do you realize that the one (or all) of the US government police agencies (NSA, CIA, FBI, who knows) now has the ability to see and hear whatever anybody is doing or saying (alien technology? So are drones), and might have been responsible for the murders of the wife and dauhters of Dr. William Petit through Komisarjevsky (guns don't kill people as they say. People kill people with guns) as an experiment in mind control? The Reference #9 has now been removed, perhaps because I have suffered much at their hands and they don't want me to show this to anyone else. No one (especially the local police) will believe me. I now wear an all-steel helmet which blocks or absorbs the EMR, though they attack other parts of my body (not really effectively. It's my head they want). They have been trying to kill me for 6 years now. They killed my wife in 2008 and 2 healthy dogs in 2015 by induced heart attacks. The heart goes through a contract/relax cycle normally. They contract the heart for long periods until you're dead. This is how Andrew Brietbart was murdered (at first, a few minor attacks causing him to see his doctor about his heart, establishing a history, that established then the full force, and as a result he died). They do the same with the lower sphincture muscle of the intestine causing the feces to back up and you can't excrete, causing your health to deteriorate (meanwhile, your breath stinks of feces). If you're a diabetic on Insulin, regardless of how strict you follow the doctor's orders, you wake up to find your blood sugar reading sky-high. They attack the endocrine system, depleting your glands of their fluids. So, when you're really in a poor condition because your endocrine system no longer protects you, along comes the Trudeau Liberal government to offer you Doctor-Assisted Suicide and the doctors know nothing of what had been done to you. Canada's pensioners are living too long, costing, if they have long-term illnesses, too much. So, the government saves a bundle on pension and healthcare costs. Don't beleve me? Just Google, "Who are the members of Maple Group Acquisition Corp. (now TMX Group Ltd.)? The banks control governments at every level in Canada (Federal, Provincial and Municipal). Pehaps the Judiciary as well. The police? Certainly!(when anyone joins the Liberals or Conservatives they are vetted for how likely they are to 'play ball', if they want to run for office).The banks own or control stockbrokerages. The pension funds do NOT. The banks have insider information on how well or poorly a company is doing financially. The pension funds do NOT. Guess who is going to be told to buy or sell what the banks or their wealthy clients want to sell or buy? I'm sure the same thing is happening in the US. Maybe the other 3 eyes-inthe-sky countries (UK, Australia and New Zealand) as well. Israel's Mossud is also involved with the control of a genii that makes things appear and disappear (as in Aesop's fable of the boy who cried wolf), money, documents, etc. making you seem 'delusional' if you should complain to the police.

    • Paul Bigolin
      October 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      it's a difficult world and all should prepare for the end. But also prepare for the future in case were wrong

    • Anastasia Morris
      November 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      You need serious help by a medical professional. There's no shame getting the help, the shame is not getting it. Prayers and Blessings to you.

  9. Allan
    September 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    You are pulling the same stunt as Scientology. Selling the agenda in the form of railing against restricted freedoms. I came to your site with hope.

  10. David
    July 31, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I agree,

    I googled to try and find "unbiased news"

    I might as well be listing the the mainstream media

    Obviously the person who posted these news outlets as "unbiased" is profoundly stupid, for he doesn't seem to know what "unbiased" means;

    Let me help you; unbiased means

    Free from biase, free from prejudice and favouritism, to be neutral and fair,

    To have an "unbiased opinion"

    This means you give both sides a fair and impartial hearing;

    All these "unprofessional" news outlets clearly favour criminal Hillary and Democrats

  11. Mike mitchell
    July 31, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Every sight listed here smacks of prejudice. What a rotten bit of luck. Bugger off Mr Dube (who is likely smoking one..)

  12. Anna
    June 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    AlterNet has an obvious bias towards liberalism.

  13. Alex
    June 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    The poster Tim is right. Alternet bans people all the time. I got banned. Years ago they used to be ok, not so much anymore. They have a bias in support of main stream issues. bought and paid for, like a lot of news sites. Sorry, but your list is not correct.

  14. mike
    May 20, 2016 at 3:48 am

    restoretherepublicshow.com will never sensor. Though new, the republic news is a great source of info.

  15. Tim
    April 29, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I'm sorry to break it to you, but AlterNet censors all the time. If you post comments that disagree with the article being posted (especially when it comes to social justice topics), they will delete your posts and/or ban you.

    I've been frequenting AlterNet since 2004 roughly, and I've been a very active commentator on the site, but just this morning I woke up to find my 12 year old account banned, and why?

    Because I disagreed with an article having to do with girls giving blowjobs. The article claimed it was bad because the girls weren't reaching orgasm while giving the blowjob, but I'm of the opinion that one cannot be 'feminist' and stand there and tell a woman what she can/can't or should/shouldn't do. Nor can you tell a woman what pleasure her or not.

    Well, they didn't like that so they banned my account. No warning, nothing.

    Since you've gotten AlterNet so wrong, I can only assume the others are equally wrong.

    • Giovanni
      September 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Keep in mind this article was posted in 2010.

      • Jess
        October 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

        Then it should be updated, don't you think?

  16. yonder
    April 25, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Dude, when you out yourself as news-ignorant in the very beginning of the article and then confirm said ignorance with claims like how news used to be journalism as if journalism used to be the main goal of major news.

    That's NEVER been the case in regards to mainstream news. And if you're NOT talking about mainstream news, then quality journalism is easier to find than ever. You just have to put forth some effort.

    Which you have. Sadly, it's clear that you haven't put forth nearly enough to be qualified to have a respected opinion.

    There's nothing wrong with learning, which you're in the process of. And kudos for finally taking the first step. But when you pass yourself as knowledgeable, you just come across as a 20 year old who is living in their own for the very first time and is talking about how they're a "real adult" now.

    I don't mind you not including Young Turks. They're a quality outlet, tho with an obvious (but overt) bias. But you don't even MENTION them. It hurts the brain.

    Again, I'm glad you've taken your first step. Just don't fool yourself into thinking it's something more than the first step.

  17. rn
    April 20, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Seems that a lot of the commenters here have some serious issues. Nothing like insulting half of America just to make yourself feel better.

    I would have thought that comments here to be more about vetting these suggested news sites for their non-biased and independent nature, not demonstrating your own bias. Let's stick to the subject matter here people and use facts and examples not vitriol.

  18. Phil
    April 2, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Rubbish article.
    These sources are as bad as MSM, the spin is just hidden better.

  19. Nadia
    March 24, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Check out The Young Turks, they're very liberal so maybe not quite un-biased but they report the news as they are wether it favors their points of view or not and I must say they're refreshingly real and honest.

  20. John
    March 20, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Was hoping to get an honest assessment here so I could change my homepage on my browser. So I checked out your favorite: The Real News. One look at the page makes it obvious that it is not unbiased. Top 2 stories were about Bernie Sanders. Love him or hate him, Bernie Sanders does not warrant the top two positions on the page. Bottom position was Donald Trump with a headline asking if Donald Trump was inciting violence. Seems very clear which way this site leans. I just want a site that reports facts, no opinions. Very disappointed that you likely have people believing this site in non-patial

  21. Nick Signorelli
    February 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    hi

  22. Barb
    January 6, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I'm sick of thes "supposed" unbiased news outlets claiming independence from left or right leaning, especially if it's liberal progressive socialist psychos!
    Why, cause I'm a republican? You'd be wrong asshole to assume such a thing. Im a freakin' AMERICAN & we are sick of the wealthy LIBTARDS OF HOLLYWOOD/MEDIA COMPLEX & WASHINGTON feeding us trash in the tv shows, garbage in the movies,toxicity in the music and absolute putrid vile waste in the News! We are sick of watching a great nation plummet to underneath the Waste Management trash heap, with their sick sexual perversion agendas, twisted envy,class warfare,race warfare,gender warfare & any other evil ways that they thrust down societies throat like a bunch of scumbag pedophiles!

    • Nick Signorelli
      February 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Hey barb just wanted to let u know ur not alone. U seem like a great gal who deserves to know whats up.

      • Barb
        February 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        Much appreciated seriously. Check out Billy Cortez's comment below, & you'll see the evidence of "lower brain" being the new norm.

    • Nick Signorelli
      February 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Im living like larry

    • Oliver Slayne
      February 9, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      You are preaching to the chair Barbara!

    • Billy Cortes
      February 9, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Being Hispanic I can really appreciate freedom of speech, because Mexico we can't say jack. But America is a place where you can speak what want. You wouldn't be able to say what you said in Mexico. Come on Barbara. Don't act like a baboon, and criticize the country. #weed #coke #murica

      • Barb
        February 9, 2016 at 7:10 pm

        @Billy Cortez
        Obviously by the hash tags at the bottom of your post (#weed coke murica) you've utterly wasted what little brain lower you had. Advice, there's a good reason they call them mind altering drugs.
        You state you appreciate coming to a country that allows speech freedom THEN ( HERES THE IRONY OF IRONIES) you Tell ME to NOT criticize my country. YOU FOOL ,you can't say you appreciate something with ANY validity & chastise that in which YOU claim to respect.

    • Billy Cortes
      February 11, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Hey barb. Mark Zuchwnburg smokes hot tomalley. However I would presume that you believe that he is an idiot. I suppose only idiots socialize with you. In addition you are probably a bored housewife, who thinks that they know what is going on. In reality you haven't done anything meaningful in the real work to make any judgements that should be taken seriously. I just smoked you harder than Willie Nelson smokes weed.

    • R.A.Stoneking
      February 29, 2016 at 12:28 am

      WHy don't you just say what you mean Barb. LOL

      I am in full agreement with you. Nothing good comes from Hollywood, the MSM, most video games, and just about anything else media related in this country (USA) or the UK for that matter. Almost everything is agenda driven, and that agenda is always the left wing socialist, anti-American, Anti-God agenda.

      Homo-terrorists early on took control of the advertising and marketing industry, and nowadays, you cannot advertise without including someone who is stereotypically gay, nor can you get "A" movies released without including the same. They were smart, in spite of the fact percentage wise they are a tiny percent of the US population, they have successfully given the appearance that they are a major part of our society. It is all smoke and mirrors.

      MSM, and even so-called independent media outlets all support them whether it is because they want to or are forced to by the homo-terrorist machine.

      Speaking of gener warfare, feminists have been the driving force behind all the moral evils of our society. Homosexuality would still be illegal if it had not been for the feminist alliance.

      Scumbags indeed!

      R.A. Stoneking

    • Luther Manhole
      March 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

      @Barb
      Take a deep breath. Everything's gonna be fine. Just plop yourself on that couch and take in a few more hours of Fox News.

  23. B Coffman
    January 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    The mission statements proclaim the "agenda" of these sites. Unbiased news does not have an agenda.

  24. Just
    December 28, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    These are really left-wing biased news sites as specially Alter-Net and The Independent. there are no good non biased news sites it really sad but i guess you have stick with mainstreet media.

  25. M. Craig
    December 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Alternet is so far left it's nauseating. Totally out of touch with reality. I read a couple of articles and read all the headlines. Every headline was a slam against the right and conservatives. One article I read was so shrill and anti conservative it was almost like satire but the writer was serious. This site can only appeal to the most radical of the left. And then the comments below the article were laughable. So much anger and hate. I thought liberals were supposed to be so tolerant.

    • Barb
      February 9, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Liberals, tolerant? Its truly laughable indeed if it weren't so despicable, right? On the news one night ,they made it a point to make reference of someone who said " if you repeat lies enough, people will believe them as truth"- I paraphrased lol
      So, NOT ONLY do they with great intent destroy anything good & right but tell you HOW THEY will do it,giving added tools to the lower brained followers I'm sure.

    • KC33
      March 14, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      News is not meant to codify your personal beliefs on social or moral issues.....if news is doing that for you, or that is what you want and/or expect from a news source....then you should stick with Fox News, CNN.....and could we please stop calling Media Left and Liberal.....that is another thing that main stream news outlets have done...continually telling people that media is liberal!! And so they believe it when they see a story, a headline about someone or something that politically or religiously disagree with! It is ridiculous and those arguments are beyond idiotic! If you find a news story on alternet or one of the others, that is factually wrong, and is a news story....not an entertainment or opinion piece....that is one thing, but to say liberal media, because you do not like something or do not agree with it....well that is ridiculous! If you can only handle news that fits into your small, limited, narrow viewpoint....then real news, honest news, factual news.....is just not for you!

  26. Anony Mity
    December 2, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    The "cbc"(canada) said nor more critical aboriginal comments,The georgia straight.com in vancouver b.c. also stopped or made it harder.I also noticed going to a public computer to post with privacy and then same machine would be gone next time or conveniently broken...

    • Barb
      February 9, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      @Anony Mity
      I'm so sad for y'all. You had a great singer Cory Heart I believe, many of his powerful songs spoke the present at that time & coming in like a lion today.

  27. Michael
    November 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Several of these sites, e.g. The Independent and TheRealNews, can only seem neutral to someone who is left leaning.

    • Donna Gregory
      December 4, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Absolutely. If you are looking for media sources that support an agenda, be it pro-indigenous people or pro-environment, or pro-capitalism, then you are not looking for unbiased news. You are looking for news which agrees with your world view. I want a news source that, for example, is not afraid to publish the names of the shooters in the San Bernadino attack on the social services agency. It can report about the cache of guns the shooters had, but it will not try to turn it into a pro-gun control story. Readers are left to draw their own conclusions. The new source I am looking for will report what Obama or Trump said or did, but it will not lampoon them or glamorize them.

  28. K h
    November 15, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I am truly looking for UNbiased news. This list is not that... I checked them out, and they're quite liberal-leaning. My test: search for terms "right-wing" vs "left" and "conservative" and "liberals" ... if they use one term and not the other, then they're not an unbiased site.
    Example: alternet calls them right wing and liberals. I think I even saw the terms crackpot and wingnut....
    Not what I'm looking for. Fail.

  29. WildeNabokov
    November 14, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Thank you for the listings :)

  30. Stephen E Ashton
    September 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I have to agree about Alternet, it is so virulently far left that it is comical, and I'm a liberal Democrat. Nothing but slanted bias pieces that usually start with a question like, "Are all GOP candidates secretly trying to destroy America?" Too funny.

  31. Luke Finney
    August 18, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Commondreams.org is a great progressive media source that has been around since 1997. It is independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

  32. Gerty Medret
    August 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I'm giving up on media "news" outlets. Issues I care about or support I will go right to the source or advocates.

  33. Gerty Medret
    August 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I just browsed AlterNet, it isn't independent, its completely one-sided left-wing biased as can be. It promoted the mass genocide of unborn children via Planned parenthood, and it calls itself "human rights advocates". Give me a break.

  34. Daniel C
    May 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Alternet is so left wing it's not even funny... and I am left wing. The front page is almost identical to Rawstory.

  35. Ali
    April 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    A new Independent Free Media Worldwide or the IFMW is now seen daily on the internet. However, it was on and off media scene since many years past. It's relatively without censorship thus far but gives a truer picture of Muslim world.

  36. Ali
    April 16, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    A new website on the runway is Independent Free Media World or the IFMW. It's worth a visit.

  37. Maria
    April 4, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Very useful! Thanks!

  38. Ratman Boy
    March 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Why didn't you include BBC? Allow me to share another news on 2016 Chevy Cruze Reviews thanks you please dont remove I just wanna share!

  39. human
    March 20, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    In order to have a complete perspective one must at least view the situation from multiply sides. More is better. But most of all use logic. And while you are at it consider this "anything that divides one human from another is an enemy of all humans.

  40. Bryan
    April 2, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I think calling these sites uncensored, is REALLY stretching it, after all, in my years of viewing so called news, the reporter has increasingly, injected an opinion of their own into the mix, so to me, it should be re-named the best 5 left winged sites. How about some right winged ones, thanks.

  41. David Rogers
    March 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Ryan, I appreciate your attempt to provide alternate news feeds. Right and left are relative terms, very spicy. I think what you are after is better termed balanced news, and the only way to get that with the news sources we have today is to read both conventional and alternative sources. I also appreciate your giving us examples of news sites that put less emphasis on north American pop culture. I have added your suggestions to my Google Reader feeds, knowing that now as I scan the headlines I will get a more rounded picture. Both the left and the right think they´re right: that´s cool: me, I will read as objectively as I can about each event, and then make up my own mind what´s going on out there and what we should do about it. Thank you for your help.

  42. Luis Colorado
    February 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Several points to clarify:

    1. I don't think that there is a news media that is not censored, either internally or externally. The sources of censorship may be ideology, sponsorship, government, and so on. I have seen that on left and right news.
    2. Objectivity, or lack of bias. Again, I don't think that any human being can be totally objective. The place where we grew up, our school, our nation, our parents, our genes, and so many things shape our minds, that full objectivity can be attempted, but not always achieved.
    3. Agenda: I would prefer that media outlets came out and state their ideology, vision, philosophy, and self perceived mission in this word. But, alas, I don't think that any media outlet would like to say "we are here to satisfy our sponsors, Exxon Mobil and the oil industry, and show entertaining news." Sadly, honesty is also out of the picture.

    Personally speaking, I am a centrist-leftist, but I am happy to read the right wing news media. Sometimes they make points that I would have never considered.

    The only way to get barely objective, unbiased, uncensored news is to go to national and international outlets from every either side. That's the only way to understand what's really going on.

  43. Dave
    February 11, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Not one mention of the BBC !?

    • martin mcqueen
      March 3, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Reuters is owned by the Rothschids I believe...

  44. David
    February 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Actually, the Independent in the UK is a complete anachronism. When it was set up, it was independent from the media corporations and proprietors who owned the rest of the British national newspapers- mainly Robert Maxwell, Rupert Murdoch and Conrad Black.

    Well, one out of three's still in business.

    However, there are rumours that the paper will soon be taken over by Alexander Lebedev, who owns the London evening standard and was a KGB agent.

    Of course, that does not mean it won't be objective. However, their current editor was the mouthpiece for the UK government during his time at the Observer during the buildup to the Iraq war. Technically it wasn't biased, it simply presented the government stance uncritically, mostly because their political editor's only inside source was, errm, the government spin doctor.

    Why not just get all your news from Reuters, AP and AFP? That's where all the news sites get theirs.

  45. d bene tleilax
    February 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I am glad to see a post like this, because I have been frustrated with the terrible mainstream media for ages. I always get my news from multiple alternative outlets, and it's good to present more options to anyone who might be interested in learning what's outside of our little American media box.

    I definitely agree that for anyone who cares to know the real story behind anything, receiving reports from a variety of sources on all sides of the political spectrum is absolutely critical. So if these are indeed left-leaning and one has a right-leaning inclination, these should still be valuable for getting another perspective on whatever issues it is that one cares about.

    If people are truly interested in the reality of something, then I am sure they would welcome all information they could get about that issue, in order to increase knowledge about it. That is what taking an objective approach is really about. I am highly skeptical of people who are consistently fed by only one avenue of information, because it greatly increases the likelihood that they are missing out on important data that could be quite relevant.

    But then again people often purposefully avoid that very same data because they are reluctant to change their opinions or can't handle the social consequences of such changes (i.e. having to admit you no longer like Obama when surrounded by Obama-loving friends).

  46. Mike
    February 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Thank you for the compilation. Ignoring left/right argumentatives, I guess I need to know how the judgment of "independent" came about. Have you researched either their funding sources, or their editorial board makeup and bonafides, or should I attempt that myself. I heartily agree with you on the need for journalistic independence, but I am unfortunately old enough to be cynical about the titles of organizations and/or their mission statements. Up to now, I have just been reconciled to combing the various outlets in the sometimes justified hope of at least getting competing points of view.

  47. Unbaised...Right!
    February 4, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    "The Real News Network" is defiantly not biased no matter what their mission statement says, If you check their middle east page all they have is the arab's side of the story. No where do they have Israel's side.

    • Steve
      February 14, 2010 at 4:28 am

      Hello "Unbaised Right"! You might be right....But Israel enjoys complete
      coverage in almost all North-American, European newspapers and/or magazines! That cannot be said about "Middle Eastern'' papers ! In regard to the "Real News Network", it tries to report and investigate news about the Middle-East and the Palestinians which are often reported inaccurately if reported at all by the overwhelming majority of media outlets here in North
      America to say the least ! Bye

  48. crljones
    February 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I agree with iBastard. It seems that the ONLY serious connection between these "news" sites it the common moniker "Independent" - they seem to have more in common with left-wing advocacy organizations. If merely having the word "independent" in your title was enough to truly guarantee it - the world would be a better place - but it doesn't and its not. So lets stop facile post topics like this in the future eh Ryan?

    • Ryan Dube
      February 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm

      crljones - you're confusing the term "independent" with "biased." Independent means that no corporate entity or private funding will direct which stories are covered or how they are covered - only the editorial staff will based on their own principles.

      The fact that you dislike their left-leaning advocacy doesn't make the post topic "facile."

  49. iBastard
    February 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

    If there's one thing I can't stand related to news sources, it's when they lean too far to the left or right. This insults my intelligence as I would prefer to make my own decisions and not be force fed their opinions (unless it's an opinion piece, or course). Most of the sources above are garbage.

    • Ryan Dube
      February 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm

      Please see my post above - again, I don't think there's a single news source in the world that can be perfect for everyone. But they should all be uncensored.

  50. bert
    February 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

    unbiased? you're kidding, right? Maybe these news sites aren't censored, but they are very far left...

    • Ryan Dube
      February 4, 2010 at 10:47 pm

      I suppose considering the wide range of social/political beliefs of MUO readers, calling anything unbiased is a bit of a stretch. Someone will always find bias. On the other hand, the title calls them free of censorship, which was the core point of the article.

      • bert
        February 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm

        So, I guess you are defining censorship as an entity deciding, based on their own beliefs, what should/should not be published. But it seems you go further and have decided that it is censorship if a company decides what should be published but if an individual or a group of individuals makes that decision, it's not censorship? At what point does the group become an "entity" that, if it decides what to publish, it is censoring? I think you need to stick with the common concern of censorship by a government. If a private entity, be it a company or an individual, makes publication decisions, anyone can choose whether or not to read the publication. I really don't understand your reasoning.

  51. jayton420
    February 4, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Amy Goodman (one of the most boring hosts on television) and Noam Chomsky can hardly be considered without censorship. There is a ton of news out there they wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole.

  52. Roansal
    February 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    The words censorship and objective don't fit the news media anymore. The media just tell us what we want to hear. On TV it's about ratings, the Print media it's about sales, and the Internet media outlets it's about "hits". People seem to be "self censoring" by seeking out media outlets that reinforce their viewpoints. There is less tolerance for listening to opposing viewpoints. Without listening to more than one source (side) of an issue, how could one ever discern the "truth".

  53. Matthew
    February 4, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Some of these sites are just too far left (Alternet) and basically scraps of news blanketed with lefty opinions. Think I'll stick to the Drudge Report.

  54. Bob
    February 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I would also recommend http://democracynow.org, Noam Chomsky (a leading political dissenter) has only positive things to say about Amy Goodman.

  55. Marcelle
    February 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I hope these sites have apps! I try to seek out other media outlets and these look good. Thanks!

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