Trustworthy Media Sources

I try to be choosy about my news as well as reading widely. I make it a habit to routinely consult sources outside the US, know the ethics of the outlets I most rely on, and try to mix up the types of media ownership and format (newspaper, TV, podcast, website, radio, etc.) to avoid a monolithic class or other point of view on any particular subject or issue. Some of the media sources I trust for valuable perspectives are in the table below.

Other habits: trying to corroborate stories amongst multiple publications; evaluate the credibility of authors and references; read source material; do my own calculations; consult public data when available; go back further into history to understand the trajectory of preceding events; keep listening for new information on the subject. Adjust my views based on new incoming information, if warranted. Keep an eye out for disinformation or other skewed presentations of fact.

Good journalism matters

Having worked in media for most of my career, I have a lot of practice evaluating the quality and veracity of reporting. Cross-referencing comes second nature. I’ve studied the media industry as a professional imperative and understand a bit about its ownership structures and its history, both technical and economic. As a political philosophy buff, I’m aware of the great importance of a free press to our democratic republic.

I appreciate a tight headline, a profound topic, and bold investigation as well as imaginative prose and pithy information. We need the intrepid courage of the press, particularly in these times of demagoguery, kleptocracy, hucksterism, and Zucksterism. The fourth estate has helped us find our better angels in the past, and there’s no reason to think it can’t assist us once again to get better transparency into the bigger picture and big histories behind today’s otherwise chaotic and overwhelming political landscape.

NameCountryFundingYear foundedAgeLink
The GuardianUKPrivate1821203
The EconomistUKPrivate1843181
Scientific AmericanUSPrivate1845179
Associated PressUSNonprofit1846178
The New York TimesUSPrivate1851173
The Daily TelegraphUKPrivate1855169
The AtlanticUSPrivate1857167
The Washington PostUSPrivate1877147
LA TimesUSPrivate1881143
Financial TimesUKPrivate1888136
The New RepublicUSPrivate1914110
The New YorkerUSPrivate192599
Radio Free EuropeEUPublic194975
New ScientistUKPrivate195668
Rolling StoneUSPrivate196757
Foreign PolicyUSPrivate197054
Greg PalastUSIndependent197648
The IndependentUKPrivate198638
Sky NewsUKPrivate198638
International Consortium of Investigative JournalistsUSNonprofit199727
Gaslit NationUSCrowdfunding20159
Just SecurityUSAcademic20177
The ConversationalistUSNonprofit20195

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