Fringe Forum: Where Is There Any Integrity Left In The Mainstream Media?

I’d like to welcome all my new e-mail list subscribers to their first Fringe Forum - a type of post where, admittedly, I often seek the advice and the counsel of my readers on issues and topics that I have written about or will write about.

These posts keep the dialogue going, but also provide me with important feedback. I often remind my readers that I’m not some great thought leader; I get much of my information and analysis the same way they do: through independent research and critical thinking in areas where most others fail to look or don’t dare talk about.

With that being said, yesterday, I published an article called “The Mainstream Media Is Losing The Fight Of Its Life...All Thanks To Joe Rogan”.

The crux behind the piece was the idea that “I'm expecting one of the largest mainstream media pivots in history in 2022, catalyzed by capitalism and common sense”. In the article, I made my argument as to why I thought Joe Rogan was now the de facto leader of the mainstream media.

I had previously been critical of the mainstream media’s:

  1. Handling of news about the new omicron variant of Covid - read here

  2. Coverage of the Joe Rogan / ivermectin news - read here

  3. Inability to even touch on the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop - read here

  4. Inability to realize that Covid wasn’t a “conspiracy” in late 2019/early 2020 - read here

The Rogan article caught on in a big way and as of this morning, has more than 164,000 views on my Substack and another 360,000 views over at Zero Hedge. Rather than grovel and thank everybody for sharing the piece (OK, seriously, thank you), I thought it would be a great time for a forum post to keep the discussion going.

After publishing the piece yesterday I found myself wondering about other sources of information that I find to be credible and worthwhile in listening to. For finance, my readers know that I love to listen to the perspectives of people like George Gammon, Peter Schiff, Jim Rickards and Andy Schectman.

Though I’m sure some PR agency would tell me not to use a viral blog post to generate recommendations of other authors to read, I can’t help but want to put it up for discussion with my readers: When it comes to mainstream media reporting, where is there integrity left?

  1. What mainstream pundits (on TV, cable news), if any, do you still trust?

  2. What publications and authors do you read in major newspapers, if any?

  3. What websites and YouTube channels do you find provide objective looks at the truth without editorialization or an agenda?

  4. Who do you feel “comes by it honestly” when trying to report all angles of current events, not just the angles that are convenient for the person reporting it?

I look forward to reading your responses and broadening the scope of media that I take in, as a result. Hopefully, all of my readers can also share with one another the sources they find to be relevant.

After all, for me, it isn’t about who hogs all the pageviews. I enjoy my Fringe niche over here at the nexus between finance and politics. It’s about whittling away, day by day, to try and find objective truths.

Leave your responses to my questions in the comments below, if you’d like. I’d be grateful: