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Clarity 101: How To NOT Be Duped By Left Or Right Wing Media Spin

Posted by Jerry De Luca on Monday, July 5, 2021


Anyone who thinks they are getting accurate and honest news from CNN or Fox News is living in a fantasy world. Media outlets are trying to influence and indoctrinate you into their own political and social agendas. Fortunately there are a few daring, conscientious and intrepid media that are actually trying to give a fair and honest assessment as to what is actually going on. There are also only a minority of people who want honest assessments. The majority have fallen for the Confirmation Bias fallacy – only pay attention to news and opinions that support their current beliefs, make them feel good about themselves and feel morally superior to others. The following are the primary emerging resources for the few who want to think with lucidity and clarity.

NOTE: All quotes are from the About Us page.

 AllSides “strengthens our democratic society with balanced news, diverse perspectives, and real conversation. We expose people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other. Our balanced news coverage, media bias ratings, civil dialogue opportunities, and technology platform are available for everyone and can be integrated by schools, nonprofits, media companies, and more.”  https://www.allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-news

The Flip Side “is on a mission to help bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives. We’re a one-stop shop for smart, concise summaries of political analysis from both conservative and liberal media. Our goal is to become a news source for liberals, moderates, independents, conservatives, and even the apolitical. It’s hard to convince liberals to watch Fox or conservatives to watch MSNBC. But if everyone takes 5 minutes a day to read The Flip Side, we’ll have a starting point when talking to our friends and neighbors.”  https://www.theflipside.io/

Ground News “Looking to break free from your echo chamber? We’ve already helped over 150,000 escape theirs and see the news from a different perspective. Ground News was created to be a news destination for everyone, regardless of political ideology.”  https://ground.news/

Blindspotter  (a tool offered by Ground News)  “Our mobile app, web app and browser extension are home to 250,000 mindful newsreaders who use our news comparison platform to easily access the full story and engage with news beyond their filter bubble. Decidedly apolitical, our community is home to people from across the political spectrum, no small feat in an increasingly divided world.”    https://ground.news/blindspotter/twitter

TheirTube “is a YouTube filter bubble simulator that provides a look into how videos are recommended on other people's YouTube. Users can experience how the YouTube home page would look for six different personas. Each persona simulates the viewing environment of real YouTube users who experienced being inside a recommendation bubble through recreating a YouTube account with a similar viewing history. TheirTube shows how YouTube’s recommendations can drastically shape someone’s experience on the platform and, as a result, shape their worldview.”  https://www.their.tube/

Divided We Fall  “is a non-profit news publication working to provide bipartisan dialogue for the politically engaged. We publish debates, interviews, and op-eds between individuals who disagree in order to demonstrate productive civil discourse and bipartisanship.” https://dividedwefall.com/

OpenMind is an “interactive, psychology-based platform designed to foster intellectual humility, empathy, and mutual understanding across a variety of differences. OpenMind equips people with skills and a shared language to overcome their differences and work together to solve their collective problems. OpenMind provides a set of tools that universities, organizations, and corporations can use to depolarize their communities.”    https://openmindplatform.org/about/

Tutorial OpenMind, “for schools and businesses to help students and employees communicate across differences. It includes lessons on finding common ground, reframing ‘us versus them’ thinking, and curbing emotions when sharing opinions.” https://openmindplatform.org/library/

 Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy brings together registered voters with different political beliefs to talk through thorny issues in groups of about eight to 15 people. https://cdd.stanford.edu/

Heterodox Academy is a “group of 5,000+ professors, administrators, K-12 educators, staff & students who believe diverse viewpoints & open inquiry are critical to research & learning.”   https://heterodoxacademy.org/

A Starting Point is a “video-based civic engagement platform created by Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, and technology entrepreneur Joe Kiani. ASP’s mission is to create a bipartisan channel of communication and connectivity between Americans and their elected officials with the goal of creating a more informed electorate.”   https://www.astartingpoint.com/about   

Further Reading

Americans Are Wary of the Role Social Media Sites Play in Delivering the News  https://www.journalism.org/2019/10/02/americans-are-wary-of-the-role-social-media-sites-play-in-delivering-the-news/

How to consume news while maintaining your sanity  https://theconversation.com/how-to-consume-news-while-maintaining-your-sanity-160070

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Jerry De Luca is a Christian freelance writer who loves perusing dozens of interesting and informative publications. When he finds any useful info he summarizes it, taking the main points, and creates a (hopefully) helpful blog post.


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