Network news is entertaining and easy to digest. But when you’re ready to advance to the Big Picture, you add independent progressive news to your daily news consumption. Exposure to diverse viewpoints is the foundation of an informed opinion. The primary dichotomy is whether a news outlet is “independent” or “corporate.” In other words, who (or what) financially supports it?
LAST UPDATED: October 14, 2021
Let’s be very clear. Corporate media is not “objective;” they are not the “referees” trying to provide “all sides of the story.” Corporate media are profit-making entities owned and controlled by the ruling class and some of the wealthiest people in the country. And, like all private corporations, they have an agenda. ~ Bernie Sanders, Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance
The Value of Independent News
Why are independent news outlets valuable? They’re funded by audience members and nonprofit organizations. Thus, they are protected from commercial control, which allows independent outlets greater journalistic freedom and the ability to offer viewpoints that contrast with the status quo narrative that’s found in corporate media.
Voilà! You get news from the ground up, instead of the top down. You hear news and commentary from community and global activists, university professors, scientists, book authors, and grassroots policy makers – experts whose life’s work have been devoted to an area of political or social importance. They’re the thinkers and doers who offer well-considered insights and solutions to our problems. You can’t be fully informed, until you give them a listen.
Independent news organizations may represent any political bias. This article features independent progressive news organizations. There are many, many excellent independent progressive news and commentary outlets. You’ll find the best listed below, according to main venue.
Mainstream network news is no longer regulated, and is more commercialized than ever. Perhaps it’s a little-known fact, but the FCC Fairness Doctrine was overruled in 1987!
[The] Fairness Doctrine… (1949–87)… required licensed radio and television broadcasters to present fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues of interest to their communities, including by devoting equal airtime to opposing points of view… Also, candidates for public office were entitled to equal airtime. ~ Matt Stefon, Britannica.com
The evening network news gradually changed over the last 30 years or so, while you were watching. It now has a decided corporate perspective, or bias, which aligns itself with the interests of Wall Street, the military industrial complex, pharmaceuticals, fossil fuels, and other wealthy special interests. This corporatized media is thrilled to rake in excessive profits, and is blind to its own complicity. Therefore, it fails to report objectively on the damage that unregulated capitalism wrecks upon human beings and the planet. The corporate news media fails the purpose of a free press.
Our press was protected by the First Amendment – the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution – not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply “give the public what it wants”–but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion. ~ John F. Kennedy, Presidential Library & Museum
Independent progressive news counteracts the corporate bias. When added to your regular news consumption, independent progressive news enables YOU to be objective about what’s really going on in the world.
The Value of the Independent Progressive Perspective
The true value of the independent progressive perspective is that it’s NOT an establishment, corporate, liberal, conservative, or alt-right perspective. A progressive viewpoint comes from outside the elite status quo circle, and it represents a huge chunk of the general population. It’s a “people’s perspective.” Independent progressive news and commentary is both produced by, and created for, regular people. That is, NO wealthy special interest groups are involved.
First, independent progressive news outlets challenge an elitist viewpoint, which characterizes corporate mainstream news. Independent progressive news and commentary report from the bottom, or grassroots, where movements of change are conceived and nurtured. The progressive perspective challenges powerful leaders at the top, or The Establishment, whenever power is misguided or misused to the disadvantage of regular Americans.
Second, an independent progressive perspective goes beyond the liberal view. Progressives support economic justice, in addition to human rights and dignity-for-all. While liberals do support human rights, they are fiscally conservative. Since economic opportunity is the catalyst that gives real teeth to protected rights, it’s a major dividing issue between progressives and liberals. The other financial divide is Big Money in politics. Progressives see it as nothing less than legalized corruption. Liberals are often comfortable with Big Money and oblivious to any deleterious impact it has on democracy. Liberal news programs (much like many conservative news outlets) are aligned with the wealthy status quo, that is, The Establishment.
Finally, independent progressive news outlets consider peer-reviewed science to be a highly reliable and objective source of information. Referring to the much-flaunted “climate debate,” for example, we may argue that good science (or the lack of it) is a distinguishing characteristic between the progressive viewpoint and the conservative viewpoint.
In summary, independent progressive news programs fill the information gap – because they’re non-elite, anti-corruption, pro economic justice, and respectful of science. Unless you belong securely among the top 10%, independent progressive news is for YOU.
Evaluating a News Source
When looking at news stories, regardless of perspective or bias, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it factually correct?
- What is the context? (A quote taken out of context, for instance, may be misleading.)
- Is the information up-to-date?
- Does it include all pertinent information? What is left out, if anything? (I.e., is the reporting one-sided or objective?)
- Why are they telling me this? (Be alert for public relation efforts or industry bias.)
- How do I feel about it? (Propaganda is designed to stir emotions, either positive or negative. Be resistant to emotional manipulation.)
It may take a lengthy period of time to study and compare the overall quality of news outlets. A perspective, or bias, is not a bad thing. Every news outlet is biased, and quality news outlets don’t pretend to be unbiased. They are, after all, targeting an audience with that same bias. The important journalistic factor to look for is objectivity.
Objective, factual reporting cannot be one-sided. No commentary, interpretation, or argument – regardless of bias – holds up, unless it accounts for all the pertinent facts that are available. You may want to consult Media Bias/Fact Check. It’s a useful resource that gauges a news outlet’s reputation for factual reporting (as well as political bias).
Be alert for information gaps. Sometimes, the entire mainstream media (MSM) ignores HUGE stories. For instance, MSM underreported global warming for decades. And in 2015 and 2016, MSM neglected to report on the Bernie Sanders phenomena, with his game-changing fundraising strategy (no corporate money) and huge rallies. So, always ask yourself, “What aren’t they telling me?”
According to Project Censored, “news that didn’t make the news” is censored news. Every year they select the top 25 important news stories that were underreported. Check it out: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2019-2020.
If you need help telling the difference between fact and fiction, get the basics at Checkology. It’s a free e-learning platform that helps people become more news-literate.
Top Independent Progressive News & Commentary Platforms
You’ve thought about bias and objectivity, as it pertains to media news outlets. You’re eager to get at more independent progressive news reporting. Thank goodness, the Independent Progressive News and Commentary list is just below!
The progressive news outlets are organized according to their main venue. That is, whether they’re accessible through print, radio, website, etc. In the digital age, most outlets are available through multiple venues. Everyone, regardless of location or media device, should be able to access some form of quality independent progressive news and commentary.
There are numerous independent progressive news outlets, within a broad spectrum ranging from soft-left to hardcore communist. I have indicated the top 13 essential sources for independent progressive news and commentary – but it’s my purely subjective opinion.
Some readers will undoubtedly be outraged by the inclusion of certain news outlets, on such a wide progressive spectrum. I don’t care. If an outlet routinely publishes material that is anti-corruption and pro-democracy, they get on the list. Real democracy is inclusive.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Independent progressive news depends upon viewer/reader financial support. If you have the means, please consider donating to your favorite progressive media platform.
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- OptOut – (Coming soon. The beta app is currently available.) “A nonprofit news app that’s 100% free of corporate media narratives.”
- Crooked – “A media network that showcases stories, voices, and opportunities for activism that inform, entertain, and inspire action.” Home of Pod Save America.
- Free Speech TV – A network that hosts a variety of independent progressive news and commentary. “Powered by the people. Watch on AppleTV, Dish Network ch. 9415, DirecTV ch. 348, Roku & freespeech.org.”
- Means TV – “TV and Movies for the 99%. Worker-owned, people-funded, post-capitalist entertainment. New content every week.”
- Bad News – Political news and insight from Ryan Grim, DC bureau chief for The Intercept.
- BIG by Matt Stoller – “The history and politics of monopoly power.”
- The Bittman Project – About food, from the pleasures of cooking and eating (much on plant-based), to “food’s impact on agriculture, the environment, public health, labor, politics, racism, inequality, justice, and more.”
- Caitlin’s Newsletter – Caitlin Johnston writes “about the end of illusions.”
- The Daily Poster – A news organization founded by David Sirota, Leftist journalist and former Bernie Sanders senior advisor and speechwriter.
- The Ink – Anand Giridharadas on “investigating politics and culture, money and power, and telling the un-gussied truth.”
- Letters From an American – American historian and professor Heather Cox Richardson chronicles current political events, within the context of United States history.
- TK News by Matt Taibbi – Independent ews analysis from an award-winning investigative reporter.
- Aufhebunga Bunga – Brits discuss “global politics… at the end of the End of History, from a left perspective.”
- Amped Up With Ryan Knight – Interviews with progressive candidates and activists fighting for fundamental democratic change.
- Bad Faith – Briahna Joy Gray (Bernie Sanders Campaign National Press Secretary) and Virgil Texas (Chapo Trap House co-host) team up to be “two people from two very different parts of the left [and] make the case for one less terrible world.”
- Best of the Left – Award-winning podcast covering progressive politics and culture.
- Book Club with Jeffrey Sachs – Economist and academic Jeffrey Sachs talks to “renowned authors about their groundbreaking work in history, social justice, sustainable development, and more.”
- The Breakdown With Shaun King – “The most important stories of injustice, racism and corruption… who’s fighting back and how you can support and join them.”
- Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar – From the site: “a fearless anti-establishment multi-week Youtube and Podcast which holds the powerful to account.”
- Clearing the Fog – Speaking truth to expose the forces of greed (FOG) with Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers from Popular Resistance.
- Dead Pundits Society – Discussions that cover democratic socialism and “forging a new left agenda.”
- Delete Your Account Podcast – “Important stories from the worlds of politics and pop culture… in a way that will never bore you… Radical leftists, but not that kind. The other kind. The fun kind.”
- Emancipation Network – A collection of podcasts that aim to “make radical education accessible outside the academy, to compile and disseminate materials to further marxism as viable inquiry and action.”
- Gilded Age – “How and why we’re f*cked, with hosts Walker Bragman, Alex Kotch, and Mark Colangelo.”
- Heat Death of the Universe – From the site: “An End-Times-inspired podcast about a wide range of subjects falling under the enormous Janus-faced purview of cultural and political commentary.”
- Hello Somebody with Nina Turner – Turner “brings together some of her most influential and inspirational friends, as well as everyday people doing good work on behalf of social justice and human rights.”
- The Humanist Report – “Video + audio podcast of progressive commentary”
- I Doubt It – Skeptical, wise-cracking, irreverent, and unconventional conversation about today’s hot topics. From a Left perspective.
- In the Thick – Award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela host the only podcast that covers news, that mainstream media misses, from the POC perspective.
- Is That a Fact? – A nonpartisan effort to inform “listeners about news literacy issues that affect their lives through informative conversations with experts working to combat misinformation.”
- The Katie Halper Show – A podcast that “takes a humorous look at the news, politics, pop culture, and the arts through news segments and conversations with writers, journalists, activists, artists and political comedians.”
- Know Your Enemy – “A leftist’s guide to the conservative movement, one podcast episode at a time.”
- Left Anchor – Discussions about politics, philosophy, and the left.
- The Marianne Williamson Podcast: Conversations That Matter – “One question weaves throughout my conversations with guests: how did we get to where we are, and how can we change things now? Listen in as I talk to some of the wisest people I know.” Williamson is a great communicator. 👍
- Millennial Review – “A look at politics from the perspective of the most indebted and disenfranchised generation in American history.”
- The New Intellectuals – Discussion podcast from The People’s Forum NYC.
- The PETA Podcast – Activists, investigators, legal strategists, and other experts talk about animal advocacy.
- Pitchfork Economics with Nick Hanauer – Good business practices can save the American economy. Hanauer explains his “pitchfork” thesis in a 2014 Politico article “The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats”
- The Red Nation Podcast – “Discussions on Indigenous history, politics, and culture from a left perspective.”
- Reverend Billy Radio – Out of New York City, Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping stage singing protests & creative social and environmental actions — on the radio.
- Revolution Now! – Peter Joseph’s 2017 book The New Human Rights Movement inspires an exploration of social issues. “The goal is to realize a bigger picture, seeking to uncover the deepest roots of our social woes.”
- Revolutionary Left Radio – An exploration of “political philosophy, history, science, religion, culture, art, and struggle through a socialist lens.”
- Rumble with Michael Moore #13 Rumble is one of the editor’s favorite independent progressive news podcasts. Whether he’s interviewing a guest, or broadcasting solo, Michael Moore always exudes that signature confidential tone.
- Season of the Bitch – A “podcast hosted and produced by a coven of leftist feminists…. [Covering] topics from marxist feminism, to the occupation of Palestine, to advice on dating and sex lives and astrology.”
- Srsly Wrong Pod – A “utopian comedy podcast.”
- Tech Won’t Save Us – The podcast aims to “challenge the notion that tech alone can drive our world forward by showing that separating tech from politics has consequences for us all, especially the most vulnerable.”
- This Is Revolution – “Politics and music from musicians that sing about politics.”
- Trickle-Down Socialism – From the podcast: “We try to defang the term ‘socialism’ and explore how government, with a slight tweak in priorities, could be a force for good in all of our lives.”
- The Vegan Vanguard – A podcast that explores “capitalism and… issues relating to social/environmental/economic justice and veganism.”
- Womanhood & International Relations – From the podcast preview: “explore[ing] the intersection of feminist theory from a personal to an international level.”
- Working People – “A podcast by, for, and about the working class today.”
- Your Undivided Attention – The focus is on technology and “social media’s race for attention [that] manipulates our choices, breaks down truth, and destabilizes our real-world communities,” and solutions that create a more humane technology.
- The American Prospect – #10 “Liberal intelligence that aims to advance liberal and progressive goals”
- Big Easy Magazine – Tagline: “Unapologetically progressive. Uniquely New Orleans.”
- Current Affairs – #9 – Well-rounded coverage of politics and culture that is both informative and entertaining. You’ll find substantive analysis, striking illustrations, and satire.
- Democratic Left – The Democratic Socialists of America’s quarterly publication.
- Dissent – “America’s oldest democratic socialist magazine.”
- Green Left – Domestic and world news and analysis, with an emphasis on ecosocialism action in Australia.
- Jacobin – #4 – A Democratic Socialist publication, Jacobin is close to reading a professional journal about Left Wing policy and politics. Because it is so intelligent and well-written, Jacobin is an essential independent progressive news magazine.
- Labor Notes – From the site: “Whether we’re reporting on a struggle across the street or around the world, [we] deliver the best labor news and analysis available.”
- Liberation – The newspaper (and website) of the Party of Socialism and Liberation, whose mission is to “link the everyday struggles of oppressed and exploited people to the fight for a new world.“
- The Militant – A weekly socialist newspaper since 1928. “It reflects the program, perspectives and activities of the Socialist Workers Party in the United States.”
- MIT Technology Review – The mission: “To make technology a greater force for good by bringing about better-informed, more conscious technology decisions through authoritative, influential, and trustworthy [independent] journalism.”
- The Nation – #2 – Founded in 1865 by abolitionists, The Nation remains an essential independent progressive news organization. It provides news, original investigative reports, and progressive commentary. The magazine covers Politics, World, Economy, Culture, Society, Environment, and Take Action. It’s well-written and thought-provoking.
- The Progressive – “A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good!”
- In These Times – “Dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice”
- The New Republic – Founded by progressive leaders in 1914 to balance moral passion with scientific analysis. They’re still at it.
- New Statesman – The leading progressive political and cultural magazine in the United Kingdom.
- Pluto Press – The tagline reads: “Independent radical publishing.” Book publisher based in Britain.
- Radical Art Review – From the website: “Where art meets activism… building a democratic artistic counterculture in a world fractured by anxiety, prejudice, and systems thinking.” Based in the UK.
- Red Pepper – Socialist quarterly magazine and website on Left politics and culture, based in London, England. It tries to be “a home for open-minded anti-capitalists.”
- Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine – From the website: “positive perspectives on a range of engaging topics covering ecology, social justice, philosophy, spirituality, sustainable development and the arts.”
- Veg News – “Packed with today’s best vegan lifestyle content from food and fashion to travel, celebrity interviews, and beauty. (VegNews is published by Fresh Healthy Media, which is privately owned by one of the magazine’s original founders.)
- Verso – According to the website, it’s “the largest independent, radical publishing house in the English-speaking world.”
- Yes! – From the website: “Independent and nonpartisan… explanatory journalism… societal problems… root causes… opportunities for systemic, structural change.”
Radio (With a Sampling of Stations)
- The Majority Report With Sam Seder – Discussion of current news events and political affairs from a progressive view.
- Pacifica Network Affiliates – Find a grassroots community radio station in your area (also satellite and Internet).
- This Week on Sprouts – Community stories from around the world. From the website: “Topics vary from mini-documentaries, to in-depth interviews, to breaking events and issues of importance. Hyper-local stories of global interest are shared.”
- Ralph Nader Radio Hour – “Interviews with some of the nation’s most influential movers and shakers, and thought provoking discussions of the week’s news.”
- SiriusXM Progress – (Satellite radio.) From the website: “Hear progressive viewpoints from a wide range of voices – including Zerlina Maxwell and Jess McIntosh, Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Michelangelo Signorile, Dean Obeidallah, John Fugelsang, and more.”
- The Stephanie Miller Show – “Fast-paced, impromptu, comedic-style” weekday discussion of politics, current events, and pop culture – from the progressive perspective. Hosted by comedian Stephanie Miller.
- This Is Hell – Tagline: “Manufacturing Dissent Since 1996.” From the website: “Every Saturday morning, Chuck Mertz works off his news hangover by talking to the journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place.”
- Thom Hartmann Program – Left-wing talk radio show. “News, Opinion, Debate.”
- WMNF 88.5 FM – Eclectic music and progressive talk, “community conscious radio” from Tampa, Florida.
- WORT 89.9 FM – Listener-supported, volunteer-powered community radio from Madison, Wisconsin.
- WPFW 89.3 FM – Tagline: “Jazz & Justice.” Community radio based in Washington, D.C.
Talk Radio has a great capacity to persuade listeners. People listen to it while they’re doing other things, like driving or working with their hands. Such activities often put people into a light trance, which allows the critical thinking left-brain time to rest.
(Uh-oh. It’s too bad most talk radio shows are far-right programs!)
When a progressive journalist makes it to regular TV (antenna, cable, or satellite)… Wow! Check your local stations.
- The David Pakman Show – “Progressive news and political talk program, featuring biting social commentary, controversial interviews with liberal and conservative politicians, activists, and religious extremists.” Pakman is a good speaker.👍
- Democracy Now! – #1 – Democracy Now! is the MOST essential independent progressive news program. In under 15 minutes, morning “Headlines” provide a national and international news roundup, including respectful coverage of political, social, and environmental activism. Amy Goodman is good speaker. 👍
- The Laura Flanders Show – “Reporting on the people and movements driving systemic change.” Laura Flanders is a great speaker. 👍
- Academy of Ideas – Tagline: “Free minds for a free society.” The site aims to spread knowledge and freedom by creating content that examines the ideas put forth by humanity’s greatest philosophers, psychologists, and economists.
- acTVism Munich – Tagline: “Information that moves.” An outlet for investigative reporters, academics, scientists, analysts, activists, artists, and other concerned and engaged people. German and English.
- Africa Is a Country – News analysis surrounding the African continent and its global interconnections.
- AlterNet – From the website: “Grassroots success stories and inspirational narratives alongside hard-hitting critiques of policies, investigative reports and expert analysis.”
- Antiwar.com – Antiwar news, viewpoints, and actions “devoted to the cause of non-interventionism… read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, greens, independents alike, as well as many on the Right” who oppose imperialism, worldwide.
- Basic Income Today – “The UBI news hub.”
- Belly of the Beast – The untold stories of Cuba. Investigative journalism.
- Ben Burgis – Tagline: “Logician for the Left.”
- Black Agenda Report – The website’s tagline is: “News, commentary & analysis from the black left.”
- Boston Review – From the site: “A range of voices and views in dialogue… fostering the open and engaged exchange of ideas essential to a flourishing democracy.”
- The Boycott Times – A “publication of global dissent,” it follows a creed adapted from Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thus, the tagline: “Where love reigns supreme.”
- The Breach – From the site: “Independent media… critical journalism to help map a just, viable future… Voices you won’t often find in the establishment media and investigations, analysis and video content about the crises of racism, inequality, colonialism, and climate breakdown.” Canadian.
- Breakthrough News – From the website: “The untold stories of resistance from poor and working-class communities.”
- The Canary – “Get the news that really matters” (UK-based)
- Capital & Main – “Investigating money, power and society”
- Common Dreams – #7 – An essential independent progressive news website, Common Dreams strikes a down-to-earth tone and misses nothing on the political scene. Its missions is: “To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.”
- Consortium News – Founded in 1995 to counteract the growing groupthink and propaganda of the mainstream media (MSM).
- The Conversation – From the website: “An independent, nonprofit publisher of commentary and analysis, authored by academics and edited by journalists for the general public.”
- CovertAction Magazine – Investigative journalism and reporting of global covert operations. It may be critical of the CIA. Tagline:
“Exposing covert action since 1978.”
- CounterPunch – Known for “muckraking with a radical attitude.“
- Crooks and Liars – Progressive news and media criticism. (You have to love the name!)
- Democracy at Work – #6 – Democracy at Work is an essential independent progressive news outlet, if you want to learn more about economic systems in the modern world. It’s “nonprofit media that analyzes capitalism critically as a systemic problem and advocates for democratizing workplaces as part of a systemic solution.” Prof. Richard D. Wolff is a skilled presenter. 👍
- DeSmog – Clearing the “PR pollution” with “accurate, fact-based information regarding global warming misinformation campaigns.” The UK and US.
- Double Down News – “In an ever increasingly divided world, our job isn’t to drive people further apart with fear and fiction but bring them together with empathy and evidence.” Based in the UK.
- The Ecologist – Tagline: “Informed by Nature.” The outlet claims to be the “world’s leading environmental affairs platform.”
- The Evergreen Action Blog – The blog evaluates proposed federal legislation for climate action and spotlights what is actually needed. A satisfying level of clear, organized detail is provided.
- Evonomics – “The next evolution of economics”
- Eyes on the Ties – Reports on the intersection between corruption and cronyism and business and politics.
- Fair and CounterSpin (radio show) – A national media watch group for “fairness & accuracy in reporting”
- The Gravel Institute – Short info videos aimed at young people (of all ages). In honor of Michael Brooks, a group of progressive teens counteract the conservative PragerU.
- The Grayzone – “Independent news website dedicated to original investigative journalism and analysis on politics and empire”
- Green Queen – “An award-winning sustainability & impact media platform advocating for social & environmental change in Asia.”
- Grist – #5 – Many people suppress the realities of climate crisis, or go into denial. Grist provides the most comprehensive source of accurate, up-to-date climate news that is humanly tolerable on a daily basis. Grist allows a little hope.
- Informed Comment – Independent reporting on “how war, climate change and globalization are shaping our world.”
- The Jist – From the UK. “Provide[s] a platform to discuss the facts of the issues that we face in society, explain complex concepts and policies in layman’s terms, and educate[s] the public about solutions to these issues.” Topics range from politics to crypto investment.
- The Juice Media Podcast – “Honest Government Ads.” Informative Australian satire.
- Last Real Indians – “Independent media with direction… creating the new indigenous millennium.”
- Law and Political Economy Blog – The mission is to support “scholarly work that maps where we have gone wrong, and that develops ideas and proposals to democratize our political economy and build a more just, equal, and sustainable future.”
- Left Voice – Online magazine for revolutionary socialists. International network of news, published in eight languages, that is based in the United States. It “examine[s] the movements of the U.S. working class within the larger framework of global revolution.”
- Media Matters – A “progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”
- Middle East Eye – Middle East and North Africa: Get “on-the-ground news, comment and analysis… local viewpoints… Reporters read between the lines and take stories one step further, rather than simply follow the official narrative. ”
- Moyers on Democracy – Left-leaning, from policies to poetry.
- News2Share – On-the-spot video journalism that objectively reports what happens at political protests, rallies, advocacy and activism, and acts of civil disobedience.
- News Click – India and international news “with a focus on progressive movements… [Chronicles] diverse people’s movements and struggles… [Reports] in depth news and views ignored by corporate media, whose agenda is dictated by the rich and powerful in [India].”
- Next City – “A nonprofit news organization that believes journalists have the power to amplify solutions and help spread them from one city to the next city.”
- No Class – Kim Kelly’s labor news column at Teen Vogue.
- Not Fake News – Just beginning to explore the Left? Here’s political commentary on current issues, with “a Little Lean to the Left.”
- Novara Media – The website explains: “Addressing the issues that are set to define the 21st century, from a crisis of capitalism to racism and climate change… Our journalism is always politically committed; rather than seeking to moderate between two sides of a debate, our output actively intends to feed back into political action.” Based in the UK.
- Open Democracy – From the site: “Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, we seek to educate citizens to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. ” Based in the UK.
- OtherWords – Covering “politics, policy, and social issues from a progressive perspective, but we’re strictly non-partisan… Writers include regular columnists Jill Richardson and Jim Hightower, issue experts from the Institute for Policy Studies, [some] partner non-profits, and authentic voices in local communities.“
- Passage – “Left-wing perspectives on politics, economics, and culture from Canadian writers and thinkers.”
- Patriotic Millionaires – “United in concern about the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America”
- Peoples Dispatch – Bringing you “voices from people’s movements and organizations across the globe… from a perspective widely different from that of the mainstream media.”
- People’s World – A Marxist and American leftist news publication. It “traces its lineage to the Daily Worker newspaper, founded by communists, socialists, union members, and other activists in Chicago in 1924.”
- Popular Resistance – “Providing a daily stream of resistance news from the United States and around the world”
- Portside – A news aggregator that features “material of interest to people on the Left.”
- Progressive International Wire – Covering activism around the world, a “wire service to the world’s progressive forces… translates stories, essays, and statements… to provide a diversity of perspectives on international issues.”
- Project Censored – Republishes “Validated Independent News”
- ProPublica – #3 – Investigative journalism. “An independent, nonprofit newsroom… with moral force.”
- rabble.ca – From the website: “The information and entertainment destination of choice for Canada’s progressive left.”
- The Real News Network – #12 – “The future depends on knowing.” TRNN augments news coverage with in-depth discussion. It covers news from the international level to the local level (Baltimore, Maryland). Rather than spreading the news thin, this range illuminates the commonality and connectedness of the human struggle all the world over.
- Real Progressives – A focus on citizen activism, education, policy, and media. Visitors learn a LOT about Modern Monetary Theory (MMT).
- Reclaim the Net – Articles about “free speech and individual liberty online [that] push back against big tech and media gatekeepers.”
- Resumen Latinoamericano in English – From the website: “news and analysis regarding Latin America and the US and the relationship between the US and the region.”
- Reveal – An award-winning independent investigative newsroom. Domestic and global issues.
- Ricochet – Public-interest journalism, from Canada.
- The Ring of Fire – “The latest legal and progressive news.”
- Roar – How they describe themselves: An independent journal of the radical imagination providing grassroots perspectives from the front-lines of the global struggle for real democracy”
- Robert Reich – Follow Robert Reich at his website. He’s a brilliant teacher of ecopolitics and co-founder of Inequality Media.
- ShadowProof – “Independent journalism on grassroots movements for justice.”
- ScheerPost – Progressive news and analysis, published by American journalist Robert Sheer. This is where you’ll find the latest Chris Hedges essay.
- Sludge – Investigative journalism, centered on lobbying and money in politics, to “reveal the hidden networks and conflicts of interest that drive systemic corruption.”
- This Can’t Be Happening – Stories you aren’t getting from the corporate media, or to give you the stories you are getting from them, but from a different, and more honest, perspective.” Recipient of the Project Censored Award.
- Truthout – Reporting and commentary on a diverse range of social justice issues.
- Waging Nonviolence – From the website: “Original reporting and expert analysis of social movements around the world.”
- Warscapes – From the site: “Apart from showcasing great writing from war-torn areas, the magazine is a tool for understanding complex political crises in various regions and serves as an alternative to compromised representations of those issues.”
- The Acid Left – Fostering “an awareness of social class and emancipatory politics through online and real-life events and happenings. Turn on, tune in, and shape a future collective reality.”
- Act.tv – “Animated explainers, livestreams from protests around the country, and original political commentary.”
- American Black Rhino Media – Progressive commentary and analysis from POC Jordan Williams-Crenshaw.
- The Benjamin Dixon Show – “News and commentary from a progressive perspective. Cautiously idealistic yet reasonably pragmatic.”
- Russell Brand – Actor and comedian Russell Brand explores how culture and politics impact our mental health. Brand is a good speaker. 👍
- Brian Tyler Cohen – “Oy” (Thoughtful progressive commentary.) Cohen is a good speaker.👍
- The Canada Files – “A socialist news organization that seeks to cover Canadian imperialism, Canadian left-wing activism and key world issues. We focus primarily on the impact of Canada’s foreign policy… all the while covering Indigenous Nations.”
- Christo Aivalis – An educated and clear-speaking Canadian reports mainly on U.S. political news, with a focus on “left politics, history, and culture.” Aivalis is a good speaker. 👍
- Farron Balanced – Progressive media professional Farron Cousins gives his take on American politics. Farron Cousins is a good speaker. 👍
- Fred Hampton Leftists – “Six Black leftists following in Fred Hampton’s footsteps… [Discussing] politics from historical to recent events. It’s Time For Black Leftists Voices To Be Heard!”
- Get Your News On With Ron – Lefty discussions and news commentary.
- The Good Fight and Persuasion – Searching “for the ideas, policies and strategies that can beat authoritarian populism.”
- Hard Lens Media – Mostly four guys, with a wide breadth of knowledge, talk about progressive politics. You’ll learn something. They’re in Chicago.
- JENerational Change – “Transforming politics into service.” Spotlighting “candidates who challenge entrenched incumbents, regardless of their party affiliation.”
- Jolah – “Populist progressive politics”
- The Liberal Redneck – Comedian Trae Crowder pontificates on politics. He is co-author of Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark.
- Medias Touch – Left-leaning analysis. Tagline: “Because truth is golden.”
- The Michael Brooks Show – “Vanguard of the new Left” (Michael Brooks died July 29, 2020. Others have stepped up to the plate.)
- The Nomiki Show – Progressive political analysis and an insider’s look at the DNC
- On Contact – “Dissident voices currently missing from the mainstream media” Chris Hedges is a good speaker. 👍
- The Progressive Soapbox with Jamarl Thomas – “An honest analysis of the news with a progressive view point without allegiance to anything other than the truth.”
- The Political Vigilante – “Political discussion for Americans who are fed up with corporate news and misinformation.”
- The Rational National – “An outsider-view (Canadian) of American politics”
- Rebel HQ – Breaks down prominent stories in American progressive politics. Good speakers. 👍
- Redacted Tonight – #8 – Comedian Lee Camp stresses underreported stories. Don’t be fooled by the humor, Camp is always accurate. He gives us “the most radical political comedy show in America”
- Responsible Statecraft – News and analysis that supports U.S. foreign diplomacy and military restraint.
- The Sanctuary for Independent Media – The concept: A “telecommunications production facility dedicated to community media arts.” Location: Upstate New York. Watch: Sanctuary TV.
- Second Thought – Education 101 on current events, from a Left perspective. Solid.
- Socialist Rifle Association Podcast – Discussion of “all manner of news stories pertaining to the cause of leftism, particularly with matters pertaining to firearms, from a leftist perspective.”
- Status Coup – “Progressive… investigative reporting that gives the microphone back to the people!” With Jordan Chariton.
- Savage Joy Marie Mann – Progressive political commentary with interviews, debates, and events.
- Secular Talk – “The populist to your left”
- Tim Black – “Speaks the harsh truth. Sometimes he’s funny. Sometimes he’s raw, but he’s always honest.”
- The Vanguard – Young guys. “Lively conversations… on the ‘vanguard’ of modern leftist thought and politics.”
- The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow – “The time is now”
Tips for Independent Broadcasters
Almost anyone can start a podcast or create a YouTube channel. If you know progressive politics, and have the gift of gab, go for it! It’ll be a Great Day when independent progressive news outlets overcome, and outshine, the mainstream news media.
But remember, no matter how worthwhile your content may be, it still needs to be conveyed with a degree of skill. Here are some presentation tips, from the perspective of the audience:
- Be professional.
- Be rested, groomed, and sober.
- Sort out technical details BEFORE the broadcast begins.
- Be prepared, with an outline and notes. Stay on topic.
- Don’t talk over your co-host.
- Don’t interrupt your guest speaker.
- Don’t giggle about inside jokes that your audience doesn’t understand.
- Avoid sarcasm. It’s the least-funny form of humor, and some people will mistakenly take you serious.
- Stay present, with the actual audience – not an imaginary audience. For example…
- Critical thinkers may engage in mentally perfecting debates or arguments. But do not cover every single question or challenge that you can imagine a debater could possibly have, before you make your point.
- Professional comedians make great news commentators. But they should not interrupt themselves with a spontaneous segway into a new comedy skit that they’re suddenly inspired to develop.
- Speak clearly. Not too fast, not too slow.
- Pause for effect. Never fill that space with verbal tics (habits), such as “like,” “uhhh,” “right?” (a very bad one we hear too often), or “you know?” (As my mother always used to say, “No, I don’t know.)
- Use four-letter words, if you must. But do not use the Lord’s name in vain. Particularly, if you boast of being an atheist. “JE-sus!” is not your swear word. It’s like how black people can say the “N” word, but white people should not try it.
- Again, be professional.
Generally, we use tics [verbal habits] when we’re trying to give ourselves time to think. But if you speak slowly in the first place you’re less likely to need that extra time. Also, slower speech will give the monitoring part of your brain time to “watch yourself” and avoid the tics. And, guess what? You’ll be doing your audience a huge favour if you speak more slowly because you’ll be easier to understand. Slower speech will also make you look calmer and more in control. ~ Daphne Gray-Grant
These speaking tips are about being polite – that is, not rudely irritating or boring people, not rudely wasting their time. Occasional lapses are OK; it’s only human. But be aware of annoying speaking habits that routinely spoil your speech.
Be as casual and relaxed as you like, while you talk. But you must hold people’s attention, or you cannot deliver the message.
Original Sources & Expert Opinions
Objective political research requires that we consult original sources, whenever possible. Original sources provide facts. While facts may be interpreted in a variety of ways, the facts never change. Agreed upon facts allow honest, intelligent debate. Here are some original sources that are readily available to anyone following politics:
- C-SPAN – The unfiltered spoken words of government leaders.
- Federal Election Commission (FEC) – Check federal election results, review contribution limits, research legal resources, and more.
- Congress.gov – Particularly good for government data and legislative bills.
- Watchdog Agencies
It may be tough to find original sources or data, and to interpret it. On to the experts…
As you study a topic, pay special attention to secondary sources who are experts in the field. Experts are highly experienced at evaluating the veracity of a source, sifting through tons of information, debating their equally adept colleagues who hold different views, spotting weak arguments or suspect statements, and making intelligent sense of it all.
Experts devote entire careers to a specialized field. They are scholars, university professors, policy developers, frontline community leaders, and investigative reporters. They research, investigate, teach, organize, lecture, and write books. Their work is highly scrutinized by peers within their own field. They develop reputations. If an expert is worthy, his or her work is generally respected by peers – even if they hold opposing views. Such experts possess authority. Their opinions carry weight.
Meanwhile, as you peruse the Internet for facts and up-to-date-information, it won’t hurt to refresh your Google search skills. Click on the PDF infographic below for search tips, courtesy of the News Literacy Project.
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