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Garry Kasparov on Twitter:

The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.

On this page we are including tools to serve your critical thinking and analysis of the world we live in.

We value truth speakers and independent media.


The flood of fake news, propaganda, rumors, and advertising that often masquerade as news has made it harder than ever to separate fact from fiction.

Check Out This Free Online News Literacy Course

News Literacy can help students of all ages recognize the differences between fact and rumor, news and advertising, news and opinion, and bias and fairness.

The Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism has been working on this challenge for almost a decade and now offers an online version of its news literacy curriculum that more than 15,000 university students and media educators in ten countries have taken over the last decade.

‘Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens,’


Democracy Now!

Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Free Speech TV ch. 348 and Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.

Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts. In addition, Democracy Now! hosts real debates–debates between people who substantially disagree, such as between the White House or the Pentagon spokespeople on the one hand, and grassroots activists on the other.

WHY INDEPENDENT MEDIA ?

For true democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information.

But the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.

In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.

Democracy Now! is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations. We do not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting, or government funding. This allows us to maintain our independence.


NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING

“The question we settle in an election is not whether elites shall rule, but which elite shall rule,” said conservative pundit George Will on ABC’s This Week.

That’s why we need daily television news that reports with ordinary people’s interests in mind. The Real News is such a network; it’s the missing link in the global media landscape.

What’s News and Who’s a Newsmaker?

Our perspective on reporting the news is guided by an editorial approach that seeks facts and doesn’t bow to pressure. In everything we produce, we ask:

What’s news? We cover the big stories of the day, but we broaden the definition of what’s important: the movements for working peoples’ rights, for peace, for the health of our planet, and against racism – are news.

Who’s a newsmaker? We don’t just cover people in high office or limit news to the partisan horse race for power. We think that people who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers.

What is the real debate? Our debate is fact-based and witty, resisting talking points and narrow partisanship. We question underlying assumptions and search for solutions.

Are we objective in method and transparent in presentation? We all have interests. This affects the facts we consider important and the sources we decide to trust. TRNN strives to delve into the complexity of issues and base our journalism on verifiable evidence. We work at being transparent and providing ways for viewers to question, debate, and criticize our work.


 

 

“News is what people want to keep hidden. Everything else is publicity.”

–Bill Moyers

“Throughout his journalism career, Bill and his team have investigated how all too often our government has tried to conceal its most dubious and even illegal actions behind an obfuscating fogbank of bureaucracy, diversion, prevarication and secrecy. Whatever you think our officials are doing, they’re usually doing something worse.”

About Moyers & Company

 Site Mission

We take our mandate and mantra from Benjamin Harris, publisher of the first newspaper in Britain’s North American colonies — in Boston in 1690. The ambitious Harris intended to publish every month “an Account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our Notice.” He would call it Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestic.

Alas, you needed government approval to publish in those days. Furthermore, it was expected that you would not criticize the royal family or the British military, as Benjamin Harris had, in fact, done. The furious royal governor — told by underlings that “Great inconvenience may arise by the liberty of printing” — ordered the paper shuttered and every copy rounded up before it could reach an eager public.

So the first newspaper to be published in America became the first to be suppressed. Hardly an auspicious start for aspiring journalists. But we’ve come a long way since then, and no such threat hangs over us. We will therefore do our best to deliver a sundry “Account of such considerable things as have arrived unto our Notice,” including — in the spirit of forefather Harris — the truth about power. Join us. And tell us what you think about what you read and see here.

— Bill Moyers

The newly revamped BillMoyers.com combines a new blog featuring essays and videos by managing editor Bill Moyers, as well as the perspectives of other journalists, scholars, activists, and creative men and women in the arts and sciences. The site also includes a video archive of Bill Moyers’s 40-plus year journalism career, offering nearly 1,000 archived programs, video clips and online-original segments. Visitors may explore the archive via the site subnav or via our special video collection pages.


What does The Young Turks mean? Why is the show named The Young Turks?

The selection of the name The Young Turks reflects the definition provided in American Heritage Dictionary.

Young Turk (n.)

1. Young, progressive or insurgent member of an institution, movement or political party.

2. Young person who rebels against authority or societal expectations.

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