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Best List of Alternative Media Sources

Are you consuming news and information from mainstream sources? Are you tired of the conservative or liberal media bias or frustrated by the censorship around certain topics?  Well you are not alone.  Many people are turning more and more to independent news sources in search of the truth.  We are sick of the same predictable narratives. Let's discuss a couple important questions before we give you our recommendations of the best alternative news sites.

What is alternative media?

list of alternative media sites

Alternative media are media sources that differ from established or dominant types of media in terms of their content, production, or distribution. You might also refer to alternative media as independent media. The Alternative Media definition often includes more freedom of the press and less interference or control from government.  While there is no specific format for alternative press, you can find a variety of formats including audio, video/film, blogs, TV, art, and other forms.  Alternative news sites usually run on smaller budgets and less funding and in some cases do not receive backing at all but rely on donations, product promotion, or crowd funding type initiatives. (1)

Our Republic Matters Podcast

Date: 9/1/2022

Name of Podcast: Our Republic Matters

Episode Title and Number:  Part II | Operation Mockingbird/15

Brief Summary:  In this Part Ii of this episode we discuss the mainstream media and how it was controlled through CIA involvement as part of Operation Mockingbird.

Who are alternative media?

To answer this question, we need to consider the categories of independent media sources.

Here is a list of alternative media categories and recommended sources as well as examples of each; For a more comprehensive list visit our recommended resources page.     

Can alternative press be trusted?

Well let's think about this for a moment. How many times has the mainstream media called something a conspiracy theory only to find out later it was the truth? Remember when the Hunter Biden laptop story broke and all of the mainstream media quickly dismissed it as just a another conspiracy theory. Of course we later learned that the laptop is real and being investigated. That is why the mainstream press is frequency referred to as the fake news.  Typically the mainstream media is classified as having a liberal or conservative slant often times not reporting or under reporting a news item because it does not fit their particular media bias.  Also the mainstream media will omit reporting on certain topics such as election fraud and this to me doesn’t fall under the category of trusting.

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According "Four in 10 U.S. adults say they have "a great deal" (9%) or "a fair amount" (31%) of trust and confidence in the media to report the news "fully, accurately, and fairly," while six in 10 have "not very much" trust (27%) or "none at all" (33%) (3).  Because alternative news sites operate on small budgets and don’t typically have funding from big tech or big government, they focus more on reporting on the real news without trying to align with a certain narrative. I’m not saying you should rely on any single alternative periodicals source but rather do your own research and read many sources in search of truth and not just take the mainstream media opinion as the gospel.  Corporate media is influenced by big investments from tech companies, government and its content is dictated by advertisers.  You need to use your own discernment and common sense. (2)

Alternative news versus mainstream press

It really depends on your objective. If you are happy with the current narrative reporting by CNN, MSNBC, Fox and others and you just want live your life and not be bothered or question what is being reported then by all means keep watching the mainstream news sites.

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However if you want to dig deeper and find the truth and are tired of censorship then you should give alternative media a try. If you don’t care about left or right narratives and just want to know what is really going on in the world that you live then it may it time to check out alternative news.  Quertime lists 15 reasons why you can't trust the mainstream media. (3)

Why is independent media important?

Alternative press is important for the following reasons:

  • Provides another option for news stories with less censorship and interference from big government

  • Stats show that online media is more reliable;

  • You can read about topics not covered in mainstream media

  • Gives people a choice apart from mainstream media

  • Forces corporate media to take notice

  •  An option for keeping up to date on the news with less media bias and less promotion of a certain narrative


I think it's important for people to do their research and read lots of different sources before forming an opinion. This is where the alternative press comes into play.  Alternative publications will continue to expand and thrive in American  as long as we have a strong pursuit of freedom and truth. If you love your freedom in this country and want to make American great again, we urge you to get involved in helping save our republic. You can check out our get involved page to learn how you can do your part.

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