Resource: Media Links

Here are some of the websites that FAIR, the national media watch group, recommends to keep up with the news. FAIR publishes Extra!, a magazine of media criticism, and a weekly radio program, CounterSpin, about "the news behind the headlines."

Alternative News
  • AlterNet. Syndicated writings from the alternative press.
  • The American Prospect. Liberal political magazine; has a good blog.
  • Common Dreams. Breaking news and links to highlights from the day's progressive press.
  • CounterPunch. A bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair.
  • Democracy Now!. The web version of the daily radio show.
  • Free Speech TV. Towards more democratic television; site features downloadable independent video.
  • Eschaton. Popular blog is perhaps the best round-up of the progressive blogosphere, with much media criticism.
  • In These Times. A nonprofit political magazine featuring news and analysis that challenge the corporate media.
  • Independent media organizations and journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.
  • Left Business Observer. Monthly newsletter on economics and politics edited by Doug Henwood.
  • The Nation. America's oldest weekly news magazine, featuring political news and commentary.
  • OneWorld Online. Global news with a focus on the developing world.
  • The Progressive. Political magazine with commentary and news advocating for peace and social justice.
  • Raw Story. Alternative news site that highlights stories that get underplayed by the corporate media. It also features some original reporting.
  • Sam Smith's Progressive Review. "Washington's Most Unofficial Source."
  • Truthout. Independent progressive website with original reporting, analysis as well as articles from around the web.
  • WorkingForChange. Left-oriented phone company Credo has a remarkably good roster of columnists.
  • World Socialist Web Site. News from a Marxist perspective; frequent media criticism.
  • ZNet. Z Magazine's site for progressive news and organizing.

Mainstream News

Media Criticism and Resources
FAIR distributes regular Action Alerts to an international network of over 50,000 activists.  What's Wrong with the News? is an overview of FAIR's critique of the mainstream media. See, also: What's FAIR? by FAIR founder Jeff Cohen.

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