Here’s a running list of media and advocacy organizations that are courageously bringing you the hard-hitting truths you can’t see on TV and in most newspapers any more. It will receive additions – hopefully, many of them …
Please also take a look at companion piece on which organizations are serving up bad news, and what it is about their news that makes it bad.
- Campaign for America’s Future
The Campaign for America’s Future is the strategy center for the progressive movement. Our goal is to forge the enduring progressive majority needed to realize the America of shared prosperity and equal opportunity that our country was meant to be.
To attain our ultimate goal, we spearhead a compelling progressive agenda that addresses the kitchen-table issues working families face. We regularly convene and educate progressive thinkers, organizers and community activists so our voices will be coordinated, cogent and potent. And we incubate national campaigns on the critical issues that will define America for generations to come.
- The Center for Media Justice
Their motto says it all: “Because the power to communicate should belong to everyone.”
- Fix Congress First
Lawrence Lessig explains why it’s important to fix Congress:
No one is ever going to like everything that Congress does, but we should be able to believe that when it makes mistakes, it does so on the basis of stupidity or incompetence, or because there are too many Democrats there or too many Republicans—but not because of the money. But with special interests funneling millions of dollars into our elections—and a new Supreme Court ruling giving corporations and unions even more power to control our government—we can never have that confidence.
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard professor and founder of Fix Congress First and Rootstrikers tells us,
“All across America, communities suffer because the FCC has allowed competition in broadband networks to atrophy. The only way we can revive that competition is to empower new competitors–including small towns and communities–to build faster and cheaper networks. Companies like Time Warner Cable should be spending their money building better networks, not buying political influence to protect themselves from competition.
Lessig also says,
Money is corrupting our democracy. Our country’s founders intended our government to be dependent upon the people alone—but today, lawmakers spend up to 70% of their time raising money for their reelection campaigns. In 2010, it cost an average of $8.5 million to win a Senate seat. Barack Obama is expected to spend over $1 billion on his reelection campaign. Where do we think this money comes from?
We need a democracy that’s dependent on the people, not the funders. Government won’t change itself. We need a grassroots movement to fight the corrupting influence of money in politics.
- SaveTheInternet.com coalition
“Two million everyday people who have banded together with thousands of non-profit organizations, businesses and bloggers to protect Internet freedom,” and save the internet. Which, by the way, is under serious attack.
The Center for Media and Democracy publishes SourceWatch, this collaborative resource for citizens and journalists looking for documented information about the corporations, industries, and people trying to sway public opinion. We believe in telling the truth about the most powerful interests in society—not just relating their self-serving press releases or letting real facts be bleached away by spin.
I love this news portal not only because they speak hard facts, but because years ago when I was searching for honest news reporting on a certain story I wanted information about and during a search stumbled across Blood Money, an article by William River Pitt. I wrote to Pitt expressing dismay that he had authored a story asserting facts which seemed impossible, and probably weren’t true, as he hadn’t backed up any of them with documentable references. Less than 10 minutes later, Pitt’s long list of research references for that article was sitting in my inbox. Just staring at me. I checked out those references and found that each one of them was legitimate – one of them, in fact, linked to a document on the Bush administration’s White House website embracing the assertions of the PNAC on military strategy. Needless to say, I felt both humbled and impressed with the total commitment to truth and transparency which that act – and the reporting behind it – represents.
The points outlined in that White House document can still be found at another link supplied in Pitt’s list, the Project of the New American Century’s paper recommending strategies for “rebuilding” America’s defenses, which includes recommendations that become accomplishments during the pre-emptive wars engaged in by the Bush Administration such as:
- “For the United States to retain the technological and tactical advantages it now enjoys, the transformation effort must be considered as pressing a military mission as preparing for today’s theater wars.”
- “Service budgets must return to the level of approximately $90 to $95 billion in constant 2000 dollars.”
- “The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership” and
- “The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of the past century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.”
- WTF Just Happened Today a running list of the absurdities committed by 45’s administration and what’s being done to counter the damage and confront the lawlessness and immorality.
If you know of a good news source not listed, please share it in a comment.