The Fifth Estate is a modern extension of the four classical Estates of the Realm. The Fifth Estate is most strongly associated with bloggers, journalists, and media outlets that operate outside of the mainstream media.
A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
CounterPunch is a bi-monthly magazine published in the United States that covers politics in a manner its editors describe as “muckraking with a radical attitude”. It has been described as left-wing by both supporters and detractors.
CounterPunch magazine has published frequent commentaries by Alexander Cockburn, current editor-in-chief Jeffrey St. Clair, editor Joshua Frank, and includes regular contributions by a wide range of others. Topics include critical coverage of both Democratic and Republican politicians and extensive reporting of environmental and trade union issues, American foreign policy, and the Israeli-Arab conflict. r
Media Roots: Founded by Abby Martin, the former host of RT’s Breaking the Set, Media Roots is a citizen journalism project that reports the news from outside of party lines. Abby believes that just as the root system of a tree is more important that the tree itself, independent media is integral to the foundation and survival of a democracy. Graduating from San Diego State with a Bachelor’s degree in political science, Abby’s Media Roots regularly features exclusive podcasts discussing the latest world events with her brother Robbie.
Real News Network: Since 2007 the Real News Network has produced more than 7,000 stories that have been viewed more than 100 million times. Producing high-quality video news released on their Youtube channel covering the biggest stories of the day, the Real News Network puts the focus on working peoples’ rights, for peace, for the health of our planet, and consistently shines a light on the racism inside the United States.
The Anti-Media: One of the fastest growing news outlets in the world, last Fall the Anti-Media soared into the 25,000 most visited websites in the world. During anti-police protests across America, the Anti-Media consistently published articles on breaking police brutality cases and several of their original reports went viral on social media with hundreds of thousands of shares. Of course, each story was featured by the Anti-Media days before the corporate outlets even knew what had happened.
The Corbett Report: With over 1,000 episodes, the Corbett Report has most definitely earned their reputation as one of the hardest working and most-trusted news sources in the world. The Corbett Report has uniquely developed their own team of investigative fans who research the most-requested topics. The information is archived and analyzed by James Corbett, who then turns the sources into an easy to understand video news report. Preferring to describe the service he provides as ‘open source intelligence‘, the Corbett Report has been a favorite of mine for many years.
StormCloudsGathering: If you’ve ever thought the corporate media was hiding something from you, you’re right, and you’ll absolutely love the hard work and fact-checking StormCloudsGathering puts into all of their videos. Amazingly talented at relating world events to a larger geopolitical agenda, I’m confident that whenever you start following StormCloudsGathering you’ll have a new found appreciation for the label ‘conspiracy theorist‘… What ‘theory‘? SCG strategically uses sources only from the mainstream media for maximum credibility. Why has ‘critical thinking‘ been demonized?
Ben Swann: A former local Fox anchor in Cincinnati, Ohio with 2 Emmy Awards under his name, Ben Swann has 14 years of experience working as a journalist in broadcast news. In 2012 he was the first journalist in the world to directly interview President Barack Obama about the Constitutionality of his “kill list”. Ben Swann’s independent news outlet is dedicated to restoring power the people by speaking truth to power through media, culture, and technology to empower the voice of the people toward liberty and freedom.
Mint Press News: An independent watchdog journalism organization, Mint Press News provides original reporting, in-depth investigations, and thoughtful analysis of the most pressing topics facing our nation. Their relentless coverage of US foreign policy decisions always digs deep into the influence of special interest groups, big business and lobbying efforts and how they shape policies at home and abroad.
Russell Brand: Last year the corporate media was stunned to discover that famous celebrity Russell Brand had started his own video series called ‘The Trews’ to combat false narratives and educate the public on massive worldwide corruption. He toured the world public speaking in support of his book ‘Revolution’ and made waves in the UK during an interview he dominated with Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman on the BBC. Possessing an elite vocabulary, unmatched confidence, other-worldly debate skills and more than 9 million Twitter followers, Russell has suddenly become a spokesperson for people across the world who have been touched by the global political awakening.
The Intercept: Not long after Edward Snowden’s release of secret NSA documents, journalist Glenn Greenwald launched a new media project called the Intercept with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. The outlet is owned by First Look Media, a new project started by Paypal’s co-founder Pierre Omidyar. Compared to other outlets on this list, the Intercept is technically the ‘most corporate‘, but the content released thus far has been packed full of exclusive data that the Obama administration surely doesn’t want you to read about.
Consortium News: Former AP journalist Robert Parry was one of the reporters who exposed the Iran-Contra scandal for the corporate media in the mid-80s. In 1995, he founded Consortium News as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. Robert believes the distortion of information is an urgent problem with millions of Americans brainwashed by the waves of disinformation coming from the mainstream media. Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, Consortium News has consistently published fantastic investigative articles into the situation, without the pro-coup US media bias.
We are swamped with news every single day. We all say that the media lie, but there’s a problem: most events are usually portrayed in a contradictory fashion in different media outlets. So while we have access to a lot of information and we know that a large part, maybe even the majority of the reported news in mainstream media (but also in alternative media), is either wrong or plain propaganda – COINTELPRO – how can we know what’s really going on?
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More reliable sources: (We Are Change, Boiling Frogs Post, The Free Thought Project, Press for Truth, 21st Century Wire, Cop Block, Jesse Ventura, Truthstream Media, Fifth Column, Revolution News, RINF, Activist Post, Common Dreams, Zero Hedge, Next News Network,
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