I've always been a news hound. I remember being glued to the thought box as CNN covered the US going into Iraq in 1991. It was the grandest theater, literally. CNN got caught filming on the front lines from such exotic locations as Atlanta Georgia. The event relegated CNN to the game show status that it is today. Since then, the internet has ramped up with varying degrees of credibility. Everything I watch is viewed through the eyes of a former intelligence operator and EVERY story is taken with a grain of salt, even if the source has been 100% reliable in the past. Reliability is no reason to get lazy and to stop thinking for yourself.
I cast my net very wide in the beginning of my internet news viewing. I probably watched 15-20 people/organizations over a few months and almost daily. I'm now down to about four or five. I used two valuable tools to help the cream rise to the top.
Tool 1 - If you're going to make predictions, they'd better pan out. Few things are 100% certain and pretending they are makes you look reckless and maybe a little childish. The pros in the info game break things down and use language such as "60% chance of X happening" and include reasons for that number, "25% chance of Y happening" and reasons, "10% Z" etc. As time moves on, the intelligence staff meets, changes the numbers and gives reasons. Most situations are fluid and to correctly assess it is tough because by the time you process it, it changes and you're back to square one.
Tool 2 - Motives of the source. Follow the money!! All major news sources are funded by somebody. The US government funds all MSM media to different degrees. Therefore, they have zero credibility. Don't even turn on Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, NBC, CBS, or CNN unless you're up for a game of Jeopardy for morons. They are all bought and paid for. They all belong in the trash.
I will list my favs and give reasons.
Alex Jones/infowars - This guy sees more news in one day than I saw in my whole intelligence career. I've learned to pick and choose which story is sexy enough to follow. Infowars gives me a lot of choices. Alex's rants can be funny, but they get old and just too intense sometimes. It is comforting to know that there's a guy out there who is as pissed off as me and Paul Joseph Watson. All the infowarrior staff is genuine. I think they have integrity and courage. They've earned my attention. I have a bone to pick with infowars, but I'll do that in a video blog down the road.
Stefan Molyneux - Look, it's an Irish, English, Canadian with a French name and he's the most watched philosopher on the planet! Why? Because he earned it. He is fact driven and his ability in critical thinking means he should: a (or eh) work for the CIA, or b) be the most watched Philosopher in the world. I'm glad he chose b. His call in show doesn't really turn me on, but his youtubes on "What Pisses Me Off About..." series is very thorough and interesting. And, just like inforwars, I have a bone to pick with Stefan that I'll cover in a video blog.
Peter Schiff - The apple didn't fall far from the tree in this case. Peter's recently deceased father, Irwin, was a great man who went to prison for, well, nothing. He was not convicted under any act or statute and was thrown in jail for many years in the great US of A. Peter is a hedge fund manager and regularly faces off with his lessers on the no-thought box. He correctly (as many libertarians did) predicted the 2008 crash. This guy is credible. The dingbats he faces off with have none. He's even been thrown off The Young Turks, an internet show for simple lefties who like to watch police beatings. The one thing I don't understand about Peter is why he rubs elbows with people who don't have the capacity to understand him.
The Corbett Report - James Corbett has a gift for digging up the facts and accurately analyzing them to the umpteenth degree. He will not go out on a limb. If he doesn't know something, he says so. This shows a strong character and gets him loads of credibility. He is a former Calgarian who works from Japan. His "Meet..." expose series is among the best investigative journalism there is. He's done the big names "Meet the Clintons" and he's done "Meet Dulles." By the end of the show, you will know these unsavoury characters as well as James does. And the info is shocking.
Rebel Media - Ezra Levant has always been in the thick of Canadian politics and news. He has a focus on Canadiana, which can be a little small compared to the hot topics of global geo politics. He once kicked me out of his parking space at the Western Standard, but I'm not holding a grudge. The Sun news chain in Canada had to print a huge retraction on an Ezra story about George Soros. Ezra had alleged that Soros was a Nazi collaborator during WW II. The odd thing was that the essence of Ezra's story was true. George Soros even stated that he did collaborate with the Nazis and that he had no regrets. I think we need a retraction on the retraction. Anyway, if you're looking for eye popping Canadiana, go to Rebel Media.
Ron Paul/Lew Rockwell - When I went to buy a Harley, I asked the biker/salesman to give me some info on the bike, other than what was in the pamphlet. "It's a fucking Harley for fuck sakes. Twist this and you go faster. Push this with your foot and you slow down." I bought the bike. So, how do I describe Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell? It's Ron Paul for F&%$^K sakes!!!
RT (Russia Today) - Here's where things get dicey and you need that grain of salt you carry around when you watch any media. I used to watch RT a lot more than I do now. Their geo political coverage and their challenging of other media is superb. The best talk show anywhere on the planet is Crosstalk with Peter Lavelle, with an honorable mention to In The Now, Kirby's War On Words and their live news feed.
The show can be a bit lefty and even totally betray their motto "Question More." Max Keiser is awesome on economics, but so flunks the global warming bullshit that he embarrasses himself. George Galloway is a great anti-war crusader who flunks economics, as most lefties do. Oksana Boyko hosts World's Apart, where she has great guests such as Lord Christopher Monckton who shredded the global warming myth before her eyes. Having done so, Oksana attacked Monckton's credibility by going after his stance on the Iraq war. It was amateur, stupid and irrelevant.
The absolute game changer that sent me looking for other news sources was Thom Hartmann's The Big Picture. Hartmann has drank every sip of the global warming kool aid and it is painful to watch. Well Thom, say hello to my little friend in Moscow, Vladimir Putin. He is your boss and he is the first world leader to come out and emphatically state that global warming is bullshit and is nothing more than an attack on industry. Thank the Orthodox God for the courage of a black belt in Judo to ram the truth home. I knew Danielle Smith who wanted to be the premier of Alberta. She knew that global warming was bullshit, but she could only muster the mouse like courage to squeek out "I'm not sure all the science is in on global warming." Weasel words are generally used by weasels. Humanity needs people who know the truth, check their facts and who can state those truths like a little black belt KGB officer. Now say sorry and shut the hell up Thom. My final assessment on RT is...keep your head up and choose your shows wisely.
The US congress is in a tizzy about competition in media. Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have both mentioned that America is losing the infowar. The American people are benefitting from the infowar. It is the lying garbage in US politics that are suffering when America hears the truth. The US government outspends Russia by close to ten times on media. Why are they losing? Because bullshit will never outsell truth in a competitive environment. Question more, RT, question more.
Dennis has been to 35 countries and carried a gun in most of them. He's worked as a soldier, policeman and intelligence operator before and during the Bosnian war. When looking into the abyss, he found that it has several faces and names that can and should be identified. A Henchman's Honor tells the story of his path to discovery and blows the lid off the organization of evil.