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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Alternative News Sources

     The problem with news today is whether it's on radio, television, newspapers or the Internet is that much of it has become entertainment and sensationalism. One writer called television news the "Professional Wrestling of the World of Journalism." Most are focused on ratings and they can get away with it because the intellectual capacity of the average American watching TV isn't very high. Why is anything that happens on American Idol "news?" Alternative news sources can offer an change from the twaddle that's being reported today. That's not to say that all the alternative sources are to be believed themselves, but at least they give you an alternative view point and can make you think.
     A recent article in the Daily Source pointed out the problems with the news media today. A lot of it is inaccurate. Only 36 percent of Americans believe news organizations get the facts straight, compared with 54 percent in mid-1989. Of the people who had first hand knowledge of events appearing in news reports only 51 percent said the facts were reported accurately. When mistakes are made, the tendency is to let them stand. And the complaints go on and on...it was a long article.
     Email Brigade News Report -The founder and editor of this site is Marsha West, a religious and political-based writer. She is dedicated to restoring a common sense approach to the US's governance by encouraging people to understand the issues that impact their lives. She also publishes a column in Renew America.
     Renew America - a grassroots organization that supports the Declaration of Independence and its application through upholding the U.S. Constitution, as written. Its purpose is to advance the cause of our nation's Founders. RenewAmerica is thus nonpartisan and nondenominational. Their mission is to expand the influence of America's grassroots in the cause of preserving our nation upon its founding ideals, specifically those in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, as well as those derived from biblical principles.
     Speaking of the Constitution, according to a 2010 Associated Press survey, the majority, but not all, of US Citizens know the Constitution is important, but have never read it. Of the 28 percent that have actually read some or all of it, most admitted they did not understand it very well.  Especially discouraging was the fact that among 18 to 24 year olds the understanding of the Constitution was even worse that that of older adults. Actually, if one reads it, one quickly understands that a lot of what the government has done is unconstitutional, but what can you do?!   
     Natural News is a natural health advocacy organization led by an activist-turned-scientist named Mike Adams. The mission is to empower consumers with factual information about the synthetic chemicals, heavy metals, hormone disruptors and other chemicals found in foods, medicines, personal care products, children's toys and other items. They cover holistic health, nutritional therapies, consciousness and spirituality, permaculture , organics, animal rights, environmental health, food and superfoods, and performance nutrition. The site strongly criticizes drugs-and-surgery medicine, vaccines, corporate corruption, animal testing, the use of humans for medical experiments, the chemical contamination of foods, heavy metals in consumer products, factory farming and government corruption. Naturally it also sells various dietary supplements, promotes alternative medicine, often makes  controversial claims, and sometimes advocates various conspiracy theories.
     Huffington Post - The site offers news, blogs, original content and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women's interests, and local news. In July 2012, The Huffington Post was ranked #1 on the 15 Most Popular Political Sites list. It has been criticized by several science bloggers, as well as online news sources, for including articles by supporters of alternative medicine and anti-vaccine activists and for allegedly censoring rebuttals written by science bloggers. They have also been involved in some lawsuits.

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