The one website everyone needs to read (apart from WB of course)

By Paul Michael on 7 January 2008 (Updated 10 January 2008) 16 comments

I like to keep up with all the latest news and info. I'm a big fan of Digg, BBC news, NPR, CNN, all the usual suspects. I thought I was fairly well-versed on the places to get my information and keep me "in the know." Then a friend of mine came over to visit from England, and he gave me a gift. It was a stick of deodorant that contained no harmful heavy metals. When I asked why, he said "what, don't you read News Target?"

I flipped open my laptop and punched in the address. NewsTarget describes itself as being completely independent and impartial. True journalism, not backed by large corporate interests. Just the fact, or "information that empowers" as they put it. I started reading a few headlines. Then a few more. Before I knew it I had killed over an hour, and I was just getting started. This is a ballsy site that's blowing the whistle on everything.

One of the main problems we have here in America is the lack of a truly impartial news forum. Our news is either too right-wing (FoxNews or NewsMax for instance), way too left-wing (AirAmerica, or almost any newspaper if you believe Bill O'Reily) or worse still, it cowtows to the advertiser's best interests. Very, very rarely do you get completely impartial journalism. But NewsTarget definitely seems to be just reporting the facts, as far as I can see anyway.

This is a wonderful, often scary, but always important and thought-provoking resource of information regarding health, technology, the environment, energy and more. I didn't see any advertising as I was going through the site, which means it's either very unobtrusive or not there at all. And without advertising, and political pressure, journalists are pretty much free to write the truth and not a sanitized version of it. Sometimes the articles praise a product or service, other times they'll warn you against it.

Some of the headlines you may want to check out include:

 

Deodorants may pose a major health risk

 

Dairy Consumption Increases Parkinson's Risk in Men

 

New battery technology converts sugar water into electricity

 

NewsTarget Investigation Reveals Truth About "D" Rechargeable Batteries

 

Fava Beans: Great For Hormone Replacement With Anti-Cancer Potential

 

Automakers, Bush administration push flex-fuel cars while ignoring electric vehicles

 

Citrus peel waste may be used to generate earth-friendly fuel

 

8,000 Toxic Waste Sites Ignored by EPA; Massive Lead Contamination at Shooting Ranges

 

Eating Beef More Destructive to Environment than Driving a Car

 

There's also a section dedicated to special reports. Stories recently published showcase the real ingredients in pet food, the healing power of water, and medicine from fish! All in all, a must read for anyone interested in their own well-being, and the good of the planet. Bookmark it today .

 

 

 

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Guest's picture

Thanks for sharing. IMO, every person is political whether they claim it or not. This site is very dooms-day-ish and has an agenda, trust me. If every one of those articles were true then we'd all be dead by now. It's late, I probably shouldn't post about politics. Anyway, I'll check it out.

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David

I read it every day - some of it with a grain of salt, and some of it with an earnest ear. You gotta know when to filter!

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Guest

Don't you think?

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RoseNaomi

A site I would recommend for an independent view on the world is www.medialens.org. In its own words "Media Lens is a UK-based media-watch project, which offers authoritative criticism of mainstream media bias and censorship, as well as providing in-depth analysis, quotes, media contact details and other resources".

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Michelle Dawn

Great post. I've also stumbled across AlterNet
recently which I quite like!

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Raj

After reading through many of the articles I was surprised at how poorly written the articles were. The articles are filled with misinformation and lack hard facts. For example the piece on kosher meat being healthier, the author claimed " Additionally, kosher animals are young animals and so are less likely to contract diseases such as Mad Cow Disease." This is simply NOT TRUE!!! Mad cow disease is caused by little prions who could care less about age. The credibility of that site is suspect to me. Side note, I love your site and preach it to everyone I know. :) Raj

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Guest

News target mentions the fact that ACE inhibitors cause a 270% increase in birth defects when taken by expectant mothers under its "Shocking facts" section. I wouldn't call this a shocking fact, because this is common knowledge in the medical community. ACE inhibitors are "Pregnancy Category X" and therefore should never be given to women who are pregnant. IF common medical practice was to give ACE inhibitors to pregnant women, then this would be a shocking fact.

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Guest

I'm a little disappointed---I've read about the study linking parkinson's and dairy consumption, but they fail to mention that it's homogenized milk. Milk that is chemically unrecognizable by our bodies, because it's over-processed.

I doubt that milk itself is the culprit.

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sunsail

I was clued in to News Target a few years ago, and I basically use it to get the goods on "super" foods that are not mainstream-quinoa, spirulina, chlorella, that sort of stuff. Having read a LOT of his articles, I noticed that he is as left wing as you can get. Also, he writes the majority of the articles, and often quotes himself. Um... ??? Not really impartial. The articles are often poorly written and repetitive. Take everyting wtih a grain of salt. Having said that, perhaps this article's author should have done a bit more research... ;)

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Jason

It does appear to contain a lot of unsubstantiated facts and pseudoscience.

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Guest

Especially since the summary suggested that the website was "neutral" info. Moreover, I feel a bit embarassed, as I just started recommending wisebread.com to friends/family. Hopefully, this is just a fluke and not a portent of things to come.

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I thought I had done my research very well, having studied the site for at least 3 hours. If it's left wing to report on the negative effects of fossil fuels, factory-farming, prescription drugs and a host of other issues like this, then the site is perhaps more left than right. Today I read an article criticising Al Gore for eating meat, Home Depot (a large corp.) doing it's bit for the environment and safety concerns over energy-efficient lightbulbs. All topics that you'd more likely find on a right-wing agenda. I also loved the site's stance on the "declaration of journalistic independence" which is a manefesto that clearly outlines all the ways that the site attempts to maintain impartiality. THe sad truth is though that when you attack anything the current government does, you're a leftie. If you attack Al Gore or possible side effects of energy-efficiency, you're on the right. In the end, the old adage is true...no good deed goes unpunished. It's something that I, as a writer who does this in his spare time for pennies, come across every day for simply trying to help people out. C'est la vie.

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Kinda funny how an article about a non-partial news resource contains opinionated comments about Fox news and Bill O'reilly. Kinda partial isnt it?
Sure you threw in AirAmerica as an equal right-left callout but come on...

Guest's picture

Sorry for the double comment but it just occured to me that this article has nothing to do with WB. Please refrain from articles that push agendas and stick to the "living large on a small budget" topic that WB is very good at as I also recommend this site to friends and family.

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Beth

Their article on the healing powers of clay refers to the "MRSA virus, E-Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus viruses." These are not viruses. They are bacteria.

This is not a minor distinction. Bacteria and viruses are entirely different organisms. Their mistake is a bit like confusing a banana tree and a gorilla, just because they inhabit the same jungle.

I can only conclude that the rest of the article is equally misinforming.

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I have moved the article to Extra Commentary. But if you're saying Fox News is not right-wing (read OutFoxed) then I'll eat my hats. And I own 12.