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As someone who reads a lot of the mainstream press I can not emphasize enough how important it is to have independent voices and platforms for those voices – to have access to views outside the orthodoxy.

While much has been made of the recent Pew survey that showed conservatives are heavily reliant on right-wing Fox News for their information, the variety of sources cited by non-conservatives and liberals for their news is not as diverse as it might first appear. NPR, The New York Times, CNN and the rest of the establishment media are driven by their own set of bias and agendas and often serve as an echo chamber for each other’s worldview.

These are the same people and institutions that supported the Iraq War, ignored Wall Street recklessness, continue to support the war on drugs, minimize Climate Change, and concern troll every proposal to create a more just economic system.

Much of what these self-proclaimed objective media organizations do has nothing to do with reporting the news. Much of what they do is about promoting a neoliberal orthodoxy by reinforcing messages and views favorable to their agendas, or what Noam Chomsky called the manufacture of consent.

The truth does not lie somewhere between Fox News and MSNBC, it lies outside of the matrix of establishment tribal power plays posing as battles of ideas and can only be gleaned from hearing voices outside the orthodoxy. This is why having independent voices like Firedoglake (and others) is so important. Not because we have a monopoly on truth, but because hearing independent voices helps you see the full picture and find the truth for yourself.

So, if you are able, please consider donating today to help Firedoglake stay online.

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Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Daniel Wright is a longtime blogger and currently writes for Shadowproof. He lives in New Jersey, by choice.

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