How to find balance in an unbalanced world

In part their value is in having things explained from a conservative perspective and partly it is to correct the lies that are never ending in the traditional media, and given how frequent and relentless they are, seem to be deliberate. This is therefore a useful guide to where to look among American websites to balance the phenomenal media distortions: Top 50 Conservative Websites for 2018. In Oz, there are only Catallaxy and Quadrant Online unattached to media organisations that come to mind. Additional suggestions are very welcome.

On the American list, the top spot goes to Drudge, but in the comments at Instapudit many do notice that Drudge has moved to the dark side. A sample:

I dispute that Drudge Report is any longer a “conservative” website…if it ever was. It was always more populist/libertarian/anti-establishment than it was “conservative”. But more than that, the Drudge flavor from even a few years has clearly been subverted. Whether Drudge has changed, or, as rumor has it, he has semi-retired and essentially sold his name to another management team is unclear. What is clear is that Drudge has moved leftward. There is an arguably anti-Trump tone, sly though it may be, to the headlines and the stories linked. This is doubly surprising because Drudge in 2015 was a Trump early adopter, strongly behind his anti-Washington campaign. Something is going on, and I suspect it is the slow, leftward move of the site, incrementally, which readers, like the frog in the slowly warned pot of water, will not notice until too late. Today there seems to be less support of Trump, with more attention paid to anti-Trump articles. There is considerably less vitriol against Democrat positions in general, although the antipathy to Hillary still seems strong. This rating as a “conservative” site strikes me as a kneejerk reaction, made out of habit, without real thought and attention to what is happening there today.

The quality certainly deteriorated in the last few years, and it wasn’t updated very often, but it was still worth a daily visit. However, Drudge seemed to take a severe leftward tilt right around the time of the midterms this year. In a couple of months, he went from a daily read, to a click occasionally, to an un-bookmark for me.

Also left off the list was Ace of Spades which is the site I send people to if they want to read a hardline conservative blog. And while it is not quite a blog in the same sense as the others, there is great value in going to Steyn Online.

But with the media as consistently far left as it is, there are not many places you can go to set the record straight.

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22 Responses to How to find balance in an unbalanced world

  1. Myrddin Seren

    Drudge’s model has been killed by paywalls, apart from the politics of his serfs.

    The last time I looked they were linking to stuff like the UK ‘Sun’.

  2. Follow @AupolNews on Twitter as I aggregate many of these sources, as well as mainstream media: http://aupolnews.com/links/

    I’ll check this thread for a couple of days and add any of your readers’ sources to my list.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ll add:

    Caldron Pool who look to be Aussies.
    Whatfinger News, which Surber likes.

    I don’tlike the Whatfinger fonts, but I used to not like Drudge and Climate Depot for the same reason. You can get used to anything, even M0nty.

  4. Garry-Eltham-Vic

    John Ray’s website “dissecting leftism”, offers a psychological and general perspective on leftists. No ads, no pop-ups. Mainly articles from the USA.

  5. Mark M

    Unintended it may be, but the examples given here are a nice balance to the insane, failed predictions of the end of the earth by the 97% UN-IPCC …

    The 15 most ridiculous things media said about climate change in 2018

    https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/12/29/15-most-ridiculous-things-media-said-about-climate-change-2018/222371

    Enjoy the winning.

  6. Chris M

    How to find balance in an unbalanced world

    That’s easy, in the Holy Bible.

    I used to skim through Hot Air blog but they also have become soft left and one of their writers ‘Allahpundit’ is now a totally Trump deranged hard left God hating Hillary drooler.

  7. mh

    The American Conservative (38 on list) has some intelligent stuff. It can hardly be put in the same basket as the lightweight Drudge Report.

  8. mh

    There are legitimate questions about whether a site like Infowars, known to traffic in conspiracy theories, ought to be included. Because the site has an influence on the conservative/right-leaning debate, we have decided to include them here along with other sites that made an impact in 2018.

    A

    Infowars excels with its live discussions and interviews. If I wasn’t using a limited mobile data plan I would see a lot more.

  9. Anon

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=O%E2%80%99Sullivan%E2%80%99s%20Law

    Does O’Sullivans Law apply here to Drudge…. unless explicitly right wing, every institution over time becomes more left wing?
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  10. After reading the preceding post by Steve Kates I think the cat is moving left.

  11. bobby b

    ” There is an arguably anti-Trump tone, sly though it may be, to the headlines and the stories linked.”

    There’s nothing sly about it. Drudge’s site – written by others, now – has turned overtly anti-Trump.

  12. Lutz

    American Thinker
    spectator.org/
    Frontpagemag

  13. NB

    I read:
    Mauldin newsletters
    Pointman
    Streetwise Professor
    Victor Davis Hanson
    JoNova
    The Sydney Institute
    American Thinker
    CapX
    International Liberty
    Mish Talk
    Slate Star Codex

    You Tube subscriptions include:
    Real Coffee with Scott Adams
    The Duran
    The Free Speech Club
    Spanish Libertarian
    Jordan Alexander Hill
    Defense Updates
    Manufacturing Intellect
    PragerU
    InstituteForJustice
    ReasonTV
    Rebel Wisdom
    The Rubin Report
    Paul Joseph Watson
    Stratfor
    Jordan B Peterson

  14. NB

    I have added several from the suggestions above. If it doesn’t have an RSS feed I am unlikely to view it regularly. Aggregators (in my case FeedDemon) are today’s newspapers.

  15. Mique

    Definitely Quillette. Also worth reading is Diplomad 2.

  16. Conservative Treehouse
    American Thinker
    Jo Nova
    Real Climate Science
    Powerline
    Frontpage Mag

  17. Andysaurus

    I am a subscriber to The Daily Wire. It has three main video podcasters. It doesn’t pull punches if it thinks Trump is wrong, but it is generally a right-of-centre source. It’s editor-in-chief, Ben Shapiro is inhumanly intelligent and fast, I strongly recommend you engage brain at the highest factor before watching him. He is a practicing Jew. Andrew Klavan is an older thinker with an amazing wit. He is a Jew by birth who has converted to Anglican faith. Jonathan Knowles is a young American Patrician Catholic. None of them ram their faith down your throats in their arguments, but it is there in their commentary. I find it tremendously refreshing.

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