Since the creation of the Tea Party in 2009 there has been an explosion of misinformation and political movements based on that misinformation in the US. Its been hard to know where to get reliable news on any political sides.
Below are news outlets that avoid misinformation, news outlets that capitalize on misinformation and resources to help you tell the difference.
*If you notice any of the news outlets being promoted spreading misinformation please email us the article to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can update this list.
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Fact Checking and Research
News Fact Checking Organizations
Political Research Organizations
Non-partisan research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Non-partisan information on candidates and elected officials from their voting record, funding sources, speeches, etc
The Cook Political Report
Non-partisan election analysis
The League of Conservation Voters: National Environmental Scorecard
Scorecard on how politicians vote to support environmental issues
A website for tracking government bills with email alerts
Site with news about introduced government bills
Chrome extension that turns every article you read into a congressional call to action
Video on how to assess the credibility of a source
How to Spot a Misleading Graph
Independent and Credible News
6 Media Giants
According to Soapboxie 90% of all our news today is owned by six media giants:
- News Corporation
- The Walt Disney Company
- Time Warner
- CBS Corporation
This gives an enormous amount of control over our news to a few companies that are more concern with profits, entertainment and ratings than fair and accurate news. Check out this great example of controlled and packaged news stations.
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sinclair Broadcast Group is the nation’s largest owner of local television stations, and requires its affiliates to insert conservative commentary in local newscasts.
The following independent news sources are alternatives to the 6 media giants and do not accept government, political or corporate funding.
*This doesn’t guarantee a removal of biases and all articles anywhere should always be critically viewed and when in doubt fact checked
Representing All Sides
Organizations Fighting for News Reform
Highest Pulitzer Prizes for News Media
If you want to choose your news sources based on how many times news agencies have produced articles worthy of Pulitzers
NY Times – 117 times
Washington Post – 47 times
Los Angeles Times – 44 times
The Wall Street Journal – 39 times
Although PBS has not won many Pulitizers, their awards for News and Documentary excellence is worth reviewing.
Non-credible News Media Outlets and Pundits
These news stations and Pundits have been called out by fact checking sites consistently as promoting misinformation.
*Click on the links to see fact check reports*
Fake News Sites
These sites repeatedly make up fake news articles to be shared on social media for numerous reasons from humor to propaganda. Please always critically review any article from any of these sites.
Quartz: How do you spot fake news?
Read more about recognizing fake news sites here.
Read an interview from the writers at LibertyWritersNews.com about why and how they create fake news.
Read about Russian Involvement in US Fake News
Before It’s News
Daily Buzz Live
Red Flag News
Ron Paul Institute
World Truth TV
The Borowitz Report – The New Yorker
Weekly World News
Much larger list of Fake News Outlets here