From left to right:
The Real News Network – left-wing, anti-war, anti-racist. Lets ordinary Black people talk at length, and Black scholars too. Examines racism in Baltimore at length. Knows about Cointelpro. Good on US foreign policy and Islamophobia.
Democracy Now! – left-wing, anti-war. Good on police brutality and US foreign policy. During the Ferguson protests they let ordinary Black people talk at length, unlike MSNBC.
Al Jazeera – left-wing, timely, good fact-checking. An Arab BBC but without, of course, being pro-Israeli. Good range of world news. Understands US imperialism. Unlike most news outlets, it covers the US working class.
The Young Turks – centre-left, a bit to the left of the Democratic Party. Cenk Uygur “gets” racism, especially the Fox News sort, yet has no Black people in front of the camera. He is good on Islamophobia but is an atheist bigot. Good on war and US foreign policy. Too reactive to headlines.
DailyKos – centre-left, good on facts. Presents Black viewpoints. A thinking man’s Huffington Post.
The Raw Story – centre-left. Good on US crime.
Huffington Post – centre-left summary of the Web. Its web pages are overbuilt and therefore unusable.
Stephen Colbert – centre-left parody of Fox News. Great for laughs but for entertainment purposes only. Although he “gets” racism, there are still cringeworthy moments. Jon Stewart is pretty much the same.
MSNBC – centre-left counterpart to Fox News, but with fact checking. An Obama mouthpiece. Has Black news anchors, like Melissa Harris Perry, Al Sharpton and Joy Reid, but they stay within the Democratic Party line.
The Root – Black but in a way acceptable to Whites.
New York Times – centre-left, Democratic Party line, thick White lens. State Department mouthpiece. Soft on police, government and big business. Pro-Israeli.
New Yorker – centre-left, anti-war, thick White lens. It will print Jelani Cobb, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Zadie Smith, Jamaica Kincaid, etc, but nothing too “angry” (anti-White). A friend of mine, Whiter than any White person I know, read only the New Yorker. He had no idea that Anna Nicole Smith was dead. Not sure if that was good or bad.
BBC – centre-left, timely and good on facts, but pro-Israeli. Good range of world news.
CNN – centre-left, racist, pro-war. Terrible on US crime. I barely watch it. Its web pages are overbuilt.
Time – worth looking at as part of US mainstream culture.
Twitter – huge range of information and opinion. Hard to beat, but you have to do your own fact checking.
Tumblr – Like Twitter in range and lack of fact-checking, but hard to search. That means its quality depends on who you follow. On the other hand, it allows for longer-form pieces.
PBS NewsHour – centre-right, pro-war. Elite White lens.
Daily Mail – right-wing, good on US crime.
The Economist – right-wing, neoliberal, pro-war, pro-Israeli. Good on world news. Soft on the US but not as soft as most US sources. Sometimes appeals to racist stereotypes in place of facts.
Fox News – naked, right-wing, racist, pro-war propaganda. To the right of the Republican Party. Shockingly terrible fact checking. Pro-Israeli, pro-Christian, Islamophobic. Terrible on US crime. Good on right-wing opinion.
– Abagond, 2014.