So this week I want to expand the idea of participatory journalism by asking you, readers of this column, to share links to the websites/news media that you feel carries the most trustworthy, most insightful coverage of news/views from around the world—and especially in our own backyard/country. If you trust it and it fascinates/informs you, please share it.

Many thanks to those who shared pictures of their ebikes and their thoughts on how much pleasure we could all experience in beating climate change one e-bike at a time. Over the past week I have heard from a number of readers of this column that they greatly enjoyed/appreciated hearing directly the views of those who actually own and use e-bikes for a wide range of endeavors. 

So this week I want to expand the idea of participatory journalism by asking you, readers of this column, to share links to the websites/news media that you feel carries the most trustworthy, most insightful  coverage of news/views  from around the world—and especially in our own backyard/country.  If you trust it and it fascinates/informs you, please share it. 

From your submissions I will put together a sheet of trusted/ informative sources that could be  inspiring to others.   I will compile the list and make a copy available to everyone who writes to me at nreynolds(at)shaw.ca.  If you feel like commenting on what you appreciate about particular sources that would be very helpful.  You could also post your journalistic leanings to the comments section of Tidechange.ca.  Actually I am certain that readers would appreciate any informative annotation suggesting what it is you enjoy/appreciate most about a particular news site.

While it seems to have been Trump (of all people) who coined (or marketed) the idea of “fake news,” there certainly is a vast amount of it going around these days.  The colossal/farcical/most deadly fake news was the Bush administration open lie about weapons of mass destruction. There never were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There wasn’t even the faintest possibility of it. No one ever gave any minutely credible evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq—and yet the US went through its necessary, though obviously false, lying to create a pretext for taking Iraq’s oil.  The deadly invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons; it had to do with oil. It was all made possible by “fake news.”

US President Jimmy Carter was more forthcoming about the reasons for the American military occupation of the Middle East—it is called the “Carter Doctrine.”  The Middle East, Carter asserted, has so much oil it is only right that it should go to the US to maintain “the American Way of Life” and to support that way of life with oil guzzling military operations around the world.  That’s it! It’s called the Carter Doctrine.  Any other explanation is just hideous elaboration of hideous lies that few ever bother to expose.  Some news sources meekly questioned the fuzzy fake photos the US called weapons of mass destruction, but few could conceive of calling such deadly, evil intentions the baleful lie that it was.

When everything I read in the news seems suspiciously like more US “western” propaganda I turn to https://consortiumnews.com/.  It is the one news source that always goes beyond the superficial propaganda that passes itself as journalism these days.  While western  media played the destruction of Gaza as some kind of sports like event between two sort of equal sides in a contest, Consortium News features Norman Solomon’s informative/insightful post –“Why Israel Blows Up Media Offices & Targets Journalists” subtitled “Rather than reduce the cruelty, the Israeli government keeps trying to reduce accurate coverage…”

While nearly the whole of our western press covers the Israeli bombing of media offices as some kind of regrettable “incident,” Norman Solomon writes in Consortium News that “Rather than reduce the cruelty, the Israeli government keeps trying to reduce accurate news coverage.”  While Associated Press president, Gary Pruitt, was “…shocked and horrified that the Israel military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza” Solomon responds that there is “ample reason to be horrified. But not shocked.”  Solomon goes on to note, “Israel’s military began threatening and targeting journalists several decades ago, in tandem with its longstanding cruel treatment of Palestinians. Rather than reduce the cruelty, the Israeli government keeps trying to reduce accurate news coverage.”

When you see the lengths the US has gone to to try to destroy Julian Assange for his part in revealing some of the horrors of the US invasion of Iraq, it is surprising that there are journalists around still dedicated to accurate reporting of what the evil empire is up to these days.

Given the lengths that governments like the US and Israel will go to to try to disable journalists (and their buildings), and given the incredible lengths/risks journalists take to get their stories out these days does it not behoove us to find a way to share the best of these stories and sources?  

What are your most trusted/valued news sites? Once covid times are over would you be interested in meeting once a month to present a article that inspired you and hear from others about the stories that moved/inspired them that month?

Norm Reynolds

Columnist