I'm currently living outside the US with very limited access to daily news from back home. The emails I receive from Truthout have helped me stay informed and up-to-date on major developments in the US and around the world. They cover the stories that most 'mainstream media' don't cover, under-cover or mis-cover. The articles are well informed, fact based and totally lacking the corporate bias that is so often part of other news coverage. Thank you TRUTHOUT!!!
I do not know what I would do without Truthout. It is one of the few places I can go to get real investigative journalism and find out the truth of what is happening in the world. If it were not for Truthout I would have no news source because all that is left is propganda TV and corporate owned fantasy news. I am unemployed and have two other unemployed people living in my home. We cannot afford expensive cable, thank God for Truthout!
I love Truthout's journalistic integrity and willingness to report on stories most people dont see in American News. A lot of folks who REALLY want to know whats going on in the world have to turn to foreign news sources, but Truthout is a bright, shining beacon in a world of dim bulbs.
What I most enjoyed about Truthout, being on a limited fixed income, was their "disclaimer" saying something to the effect that if you can't afford to donate, don't worry, but please tell your friends about us. Most of the articles I see in Truthout, are not affected by the publications' relationship to advertisers (as when Molly Ivins was writng for the Dallas paper, and she wrote an item critical of an automobile, and the Dallas Auto Dealers pulled all their advertising from that paper, and the Editor took out billboards "Molly Ivins can't say that, can she?").
Recent issues covered by Truthout include the BP oil spill, Rand Paul's election in KY, and the new immigration law in AZ. In covering each of these issues, Truthout consistently provides the reader with unique points of view, news on under-covered points of view, and frequently Truthout provides the reader with news stories not covered by the mainstream media. Their news coverage has sparked me to do more research into a number of topics and has caused me to change my view more than once. In a day of highly partisan news reporting, Truthout is a breath of fresh, and honest air!
For a year or so Truthout was just one of several sources for news and opinion outside mainstream manipulations - good, helpful, trustworthy. But as political power plays became less literate, as the Obama-glow faded, as the US showed itself incapable of dealing with the fundamentals of functional democracy, Truthout became a pillar of sanity in the daily online schedule. Then to realize the actual quality of the contributors, to read them regularly, to find actual references to other reading included with the essays - Truthout exemplifies for me real and ethical journalism that operates from both a democratic imperative to truth but also from a pedagogy of respect for its readers...that they may become informed thinkers and participants in public life. Yes, "client served" as a daily reader; a "donor" as often as I can afford; a "professional" in that I am writing my dissertation and have made use of the references and will be quoting from essays; and a "general member" in that I post essays to Facebook. When I've had concerns or comments or had problems with email service, response from Truthout has been prompt and respectful. Of the several news sites I subscribe to, Truthout is the one I depend on most for thoughtful and in-depth consideration of the issues.
Truthout is an exceptional source for anyone interested in finding out more about important issues that are not being reported by the main-stream media outlets. I've been reading regularly for over a year now, and find their work to be extremely powerful and thought-provoking. Truthout is a beacon of truly independent journalism shining in a sea of circuses.
Truthout collects, sometimes supports the writing of, and distributes (via the internet) valuable news and analysis that can rarely be found in other media. It is especially valuable in offering a daily compendium of stories and commentary on national and international events, as well as political commentary. Truthout has some direct competitors, but no other comparable service is as useful and dependable. I support them modestly with the little I can afford. I wish I could send more.