Aaron Nelson  |  The Pontiac Tribune

You are not the only one who believes the corporate media works for the establishment to secure the status quo and shape false narratives — so we compiled a list of 10 independent news outlets that would prefer you think for yourself.

These days most Americans have lost faith in corporate-owned media outlets because they believe the institution of press protected in the first amendment no longer represents the people of our great nation.

For many, it has been challenging to replace the failed dinosaur media, which is why I’m writing this article for people seeking legitimate sources.

As everyone discovered earlier this month when Brian Williams admitted to making up false Iraq war storiesFox News clearly isn’t the only outlet that has gone off the deep end in crafting a reality of their choosing.

If honest reporting is what you’re looking for, there are several established independent news organizations the mainstream media would prefer you never discover.

Here are 10 news outlets the corporate media doesn’t want you to follow:


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 had been featured by the Anti-Media days before the corporate outlets even knew what happened.


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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.



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 among 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 articles investigating the situation — without the pro-coup, U.S. media bias.



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?


Truth In Media (Founded by 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”. Recently, BenSwann.com expanded to become TruthInMedia.com — boldly proclaiming the project’s commitment to journalism in its purest form right in the official title.



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 U.S. foreign policy decisions always digs deep to divulge the influence of special interest groups, Big Business, and lobbying practices — and how those factors 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 corruption worldwide. He toured the world speaking in support of his book Revolution and then made waves in the UK by dominating an interview 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 the megaphone of the global political awakening.



Media Roots: Founded by the former host of RT’s Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, Media Roots is a citizen journalism project that reports the news from outside 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 amassed more than 100 million views. Produced in high-quality video via their YouTube channel, the Real News Network covers the day’s biggest stories while bringing underlying issues like racism and the need for workers’ rights into the spotlight.


Creating a new state-of-the-art independent news media is no easy task — so we are asking you to help spread this vital message.


Additional reliable sources:   We Are Change,  Boiling Frogs Post,  The Free Thought Project,  Press for Truth,  21st Century Wire,  WTFRLY.com,  Jesse Ventura,  Truthstream Media,  The Fifth Column,  Revolution NewsRINF,  Activist Post,  Common Dreams,  Zero Hedge,  Next News Network


About the author

Aaron Nelson co-founded and built The Pontiac Tribune in January 2015.


  1. Debbie Blissmer

    Glenn Beck? Are you fucking serious?

  2. Anonymous

    To all the whiners; If you don’t like this list, go to your website and publish your own list. It will be the most perfect list, I guarantee it. Oh, almost forgot, “Alex Jones?” the guy makes up stuff out of his clearly non-functional mind.

  3. Pat

    Link TV…….Free Speech TV

  4. Anonymous

    Glad to see you mention all my Free Speech faves.

  5. Daniel Platten

    Thanks for the links, I have several sites I go to for the news and none of them are mainstream. I have added 9 today: )

  6. Jeunnette Santana

    Wow, or wouldn’t lemme open the page!

  7. Tashi

    Most of these alternative sources have been on Alex Jone’s show. I have issues with SOME of what he says, but the vast majority of his information, especially on the NWO, Bilderberg etc. is backed up with documentation that most don’t even bother to look at and I’ve been listening to him since 1999. Eventually I looked at the “tip of the spear”. If you claim to be “alternative news” you’re standing on his shoulders.

  8. Kali Mali

    Surprised “Before it’s News” didn’t get a shout out.

  9. Bob Ryan

    Russell Brand is engaging and intelligent. I think you would make Alex Jones Blush with calling Brand the controlled opposition.

  10. Justine Greaves

    He’s not without flaws, but I sincerely believe that Russell Brand is highly effective in offering an alternative narrative.

  11. Brenna Johnson

    Love James Corbett and SCG – two of my favorites.

  12. Brenna Johnson

    I’m with you about “The Brand.” And I’ll add Abby Martin to that as well. Liked her in the beginning, but since mid-2013, she seems like someone’s gotten to her.

  13. Elizabeth Kelley Huff

    Russell Brand???
    He’s controlled opposition! Much more reputable sources out there …

  14. Skyler Doyle

    I don’t know why you guys keep ignoring infowars. Alex Jones is the biggest name in alternative media and has been around longer than anybody else I can think of. For you guys to not even acknowledge him or the 18 years of work he has put into the movement shows me that you guys have some pretty big issues with him.
    Could you please explain what they are? If Alex is so bad than put him on blast and expose him for what you think he is. How can we trust you to be the voice of alternative media and take on the most powerful people in the world if you are afraid to call out Alex Jones.

  15. Skyler Doyle

    Info wars didn’t even make the honourable mention list but fuckin cop block did. Very disappointed

  16. Mike Campbell

    I suppose but I think it still deserves some credit,i mean those guys are a hard hitting news cast

  17. Paul Bravery

    Agreed! To trust is good, to check is better…

  18. Mike Campbell

    Why isn’t infowars on this list?

  19. Ashley Mills

    Ron Paul Institute For Peace And Prosperity is a good thought provoking page.

  20. David Sloan

    Uh, RT News is the least biased of corporate/state media outlets. Every media outlet, alternative or otherwise, is biased in some way anyhow. The good ones just gravitate more towards truth and a sense of equality.

  21. Paul Bravery

    Still suspicious of Russell Brand, over here!

  22. Ramona Drew

    Anyone with a brain knows why info-whores isn’t on here.but nonetheless a good start; )

  23. Ramona Drew

    The corbett report has some awesome info too.

  24. Luis Ocadiz

    Fantastic reference guide for tgose weeding through the crap of alt. Media. Good work guys. Way to help eachother out. I look to you guys and storm clouds quite a bit. Yall have yet to come with something that cant be fact checked. Kuddos. We appreciate all of your efforts!

  25. Aarons Nelsons

    Too many people automatically link InfoWars-content with hysterical speculation, fear-mongering, conspiracy-sided bias and over-exaggerations.

  26. The Pontiac Tribune

    Never stop being suspicious of…. everyone!
    Including us. 😉 Only trust what you can verify for yourself.

  27. The Pontiac Tribune

    Thank you very much! Hope this guide helps those in need.

  28. The Pontiac Tribune

    Agreed! RT usually does a great job.

    Tell me though, how do you feel when your friends immediately ignore articles you share from RT because they are funded by Russia? Many have grown tired of dealing with the conditioned “that is Russian propaganda” response to real-world events covered by RT. I support most of the work they do, but unfortunately they ARE funded by Russia. As that old guy Icke likes to say… It is what it is!


  29. Nick Coyne

    Wayne Steegstra

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