Mass media is usually presented as a neutral purveyor of the day's events with clearly identified, seperated, and balanced editorial divisions. The reality is that mass media is overwhelming owned by corporate conglomerates or billionaires and derives most if not all of its revenues from corporate advertising. The result is that most of our mass media may more accurately be described as corporate media. The ownership and financing of the media by corporations and wealthy owners results in a media landscape in which the values and interests of big business and the rich frequently distort news coverage. Additionally, since the U.S. government largely supports the same interests, coverage of American politics, foreign relations, and wars is also often biased. This is true of the "mainstream" corporate media and even more obvious in coverage by more openly right wing media such as Fox News or Canada's Sun Media and National Post. The more mainstream "liberal" media may be more liberal on social or moral issues but on economic or political matters affecting big business or the wealthy it largely conforms to the same slant as the more blatantly right wing media. This also includes ignoring, marginalizing, or distorting the positions and actions of any group directly opposing our economic system and its resulting inequality and environmental destruction. The following web sites provide a wideranging valuable news alternative to corporate media.
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