Because I am not a wizard nor do I have enough imagination to make up the information that I share on this site, I must obtain information from other places. This is not easy since some of the information available is not reliable and sometimes even outright fraudulent.
This starts of course with what some refer to as the mainstream media—that is news programs on TV, radio, and in newspapers. Recent surveys show that over three-quarters of Americans questioned say that they do not trust the sources like CNN, ABC, and the others. And the declining viewership of those networks seems to confirm that.
The ever-expanding alternative is from online sources, often referred to as alternative media. There are thousands of websites (like this one, he-he) that produce stories about virtually any topic imaginable. YouTube has millions of videos by “content creators” who put out information in a visual format.
Unfortunately even the alternative media producers, at least those who depend on the income derived from their work, need to increase the number of subscribers to their website or YouTube channel in order to earn more money. This pushes them towards using sensationalism to attract viewers; the same as has been done for decades by the mainstream networks. So there is no guarantee that the information from alternative media sources is better or more reliable than the big commercial networks.
How Can We Know Which Information Is True?
That’s the challenge. How can a person sift through it all and know what information (if any) can be trusted? Appearances can be deceptive. Just because a YouTube content creator puts out videos with professional-looking flashy intros does not in any way mean that their content is reliable.
My own way is to have patience. First of all I never believe anything when I first hear or read it. I only start to see information as credible when I have seen it on two or preferably three different sources—especially if the sources are not citing the same reference material. The other thing that helps to weed out less-reliable sources is to take the time-tested advice and “Follow the money” Qui bono? as they say (who benefits?). Many of the alternative media sites accept commercial advertising, just as the commercial networks do. It does not matter what the source is; any source can find itself beholden to its advertisers, and therefore unable to publish information that may be detrimental to their sponsors (advertisers).
And whether a network or other news source accepts (or doesn’t accept) commercial advertising does not tell the whole story. I remember back to my college years, when everyone believed that Public Broadcasting (PBS) was the only “clean” source of news because they accepted no advertising from the big, evil corporations. Great. But what about the grants they receive from the Carnegie or Rockefeller Foundations or any of dozens of similar sources? Should we believe that there are no strings attached to that money? I don’t think so. Next of course there’s the federal government, that provides millions of dollars of grant money to PBS every year. No strings attached there, right? Ha-ha. If they do anything that Big Daddy government doesn’t like, say goodbye to the funds. We must face reality here. PBS is no better than any other source of news and information.
I believe that the patience pays off. Eventually sources that are reliable begin to stand out. Here I will share a few of my preferred resources, that are ones that I trust and go to often when I am looking for reliable information. I include a hot link to each one below my related comments about each.
The Corbett Report (James Corbett). James is a middle-aged man who was born and raised in Canada. He currently lives in Japan, where he went a number of years ago to teach English. He has adopted the culture and even though he no longer teaches for a living has remained there. James is a deep investigator. He does not fall into the sensationalism trap like many others. His demeanor is almost always serious. And perhaps the best thing is that he operates his website on an “open source” basis, which is something like audience participation. He calls on his viewers and subscribers (yes, he makes a living with subscriber revenues) to contribute—to do their own research and share the information with him. He of course vets the information shared with him. But the method is a good one; he involves his viewers in the work, which also encourages them to think for themselves rather then just follow the leader.
Newsbud (Sibel Edmonds). Newsbud is relatively new, having been in existence for about a year as of this writing (September 2017). The site evolved from a few difference sources, starting with Sibel’s own site “Boiling Frogs Post.” While Newsbud sometimes makes reports available free of charge, it is primarily a subscription and donation-funded site. This makes them beholden ONLY to their subscribers and donors. No third parties involved at all. Yes, the idea of paying for news—something that we are used to receiving for free—is foreign to most people. Most people don’t think they should have to pay anything. Fine. Let them be stuck with their shaky “free” news. And as we all know nothing is really free in life. Relying on free news has a price—that of being poorly-informed by sources that operate at the behest of others.
Sibel is, in my book, a remarkable woman. She is Turkish-born and was raised in the Middle East. She traveled with her father and lived in other places, including Iran. About the time of 9/11 she was hired by the FBI as a translator. Her book, “Classified Woman,” describes her experience in detail. She discovered internal corruption in the FBI and was not shy about “blowing the whistle.” She paid a huge price for this, starting with being fired. Beyond that she was persecuted and faced intimidating interrogations. But she never backed down. Several times I have said that Sibel has more balls than any 10 men we can drag in off the street. Integrity? I would say YES.
Freedomain Radio (Stefan Molyneau). Another Canadian, Stephan is actually a philosopher rather than a news journalists. He operates on the belief that the solutions to the world’s problems lie in people learning how to reason and think independently. Stefan typically does not get into the “politics” arena much, or at least he didn’t up until the time of the 2016 presidential election campaign. At that point all the controversy provided him with “food for thought” (subject matter) that he couldn’t resist. Stefan has an assistant that helps him with research and generating statics that he uses in his podcasts. Freedomain Radio is the world’s largest philosophy show. No advertising or other sponsorship. Voluntary subscriptions and donations only. All of his material, including his several books, are available free of charge.
David Icke. David is a Brit or a “pom” as my Aussie mother would have said. He is older than the others—into his mid-60’s now. I don’t know as much about him and his background, but he is a reliable source for me about subjects like the New World Order and false reality. David gets into supernatural subjects like the “material being” and similar. I don’t follow him there much because frankly it goes over my head. But I nevertheless consider him to be a solid resource and interesting to listen to. Quite a bit of material is available free of charge on David’s site. But to get to the more in-depth stuff a newsletter subscription is required.