Rippey's World of History


Hello students. This page of my website is designed to give you an introduction to the news sources which are available to you in your attempts to keep up with our fast moving world. Below are news sources (daily papers, magazines, and electronic), ethics groups, and good bookstores where you can always look for good information. 

A disclaimer: There are many, many other sources of news in this nation and this world. These are not the only decent news outlets. Furthermore, some people, mainly on the political right, have major problems with some of the sources listed here, such as the New York Times, The Nation, etc. I, however, do not, even if they are not perfect. I have listed here a group of organizations which present a lot of good, factual reporting, combined with intelligent and mostly honest interpretation. 

I also have purposely left off this page certain organizations which have lost much credibility as news organizations, either through selective ommissions, blatant misreporting of facts, or consistent bias which attempts to manipulate our understanding of what they report. The list below is also limited to those organizations which I have read enough to know well, and that I can say generally have good information. 


Print News: (generally straight news, broad coverage) 

Not-So-Well-Known (but still excellent) Print News 

Some of these provide excellent news, some of which the major media outlets ignore. They also include interpretation and critical commentary, all based on the facts available.


Televison/Internet Based News

Again, there are lots of t.v. news programs. Most of them are not very good, and tell you very little about broader trends in our society and world. Further, few even delve into the problems we face as a society, or into the daily workings of our government. These news programs do a better job, although these are not perfect either.

Nightly News Programs - CBS, NBC, and ABC all have half-hour news programs. They give an overview, but usually do not provide the thorough discussion and analysis which gives a fuller understanding of the big stories. Also, they leave out a lot, and almost never show any points of view other than those of the center and right! CNN has news all day, but has the same problems as the big 3. 

The News Hour - on PBS (public broadcasting, nightly at 7 pm)

British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

PBS - in general, particularly for public-information shows and especially for their excellent historical documentaries, as well as shows like American ExperienceFrontlineP.O.V. and Wide Angle

60 minutes - CBS (Sundays, 7 pm, generally informative news magazine) 

C-Span - 1, 2, and 3 are all good. Non-stop coverage of the House, the Senate, and political campaigns, issues, and events about history and politics.

The History Channel (and History Channel International) - obviously. It is okay, although I like PBS better for good historical documentaries.

Discovery Channel - interesting documentaries and history stuff. 

The Real News Network - Internet based news, with a critical view of capitalism - The Real News


Radio News 

WNYE-FM 91.5 - National Public Radio (NPR)

WBGO-FM 88.3 - NPR and the best jazz station in the United States
(broadcasts from Park Place in Newark!) 

WBAI 99.5 -"alternative" broadcasting (news, talk, and culture)


Political Watchdog/Ethics Organizations

These are non-profit organizations which monitor political ethics issues such: a) money in politics, b) corporate influence in politics,  and c) ethics violations in politics. Some issue excellent reports about government ethics violations and undue influence, and some have lots of online statistics and information about money in politics. 

Common Cause -;=186966

Open Secrets (by The National Center for Responsive Politics)

Public Citizen -

Annenberg Center for Public Policy (at University of Pennsylvania)