10 Most Reliable News Sources

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When writing about this, we understand that based on their perspectives, some people may disagree partly with this list. However, with so many fake news sites out there, and so much propaganda, it can be useful to go over those news sources best known for holding their standards to something more approaching real and honest journalism. A true journalist isn’t out to change your mind, but rather to tell you what is happening.

Before we get into the full article, it is also important to point out that just because some news sources may be more reliable than others, does not mean we should ever read the news blindly without thinking it through. All news stories should be put through the process of critical thinking, and analyzed based on the context, and any possible biases – whether intentional or otherwise.

10. Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is a well-known name that can often be very controversial. Like many organizations, it is often accused of bias, but in this case the accusations of bias are in a right leaning direction. Many would say that the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal are very conservative. However, while there is some truth to this, the Wall Street Journal’s news is known for being quite accurate as far as newspapers go, and is still a trusted source of news throughout the country. Some people on the left have a small amount of distrust for it, but overall it is a fairly trusted publication on both sides of the ideological spectrum.

The Wall Street Journal has also proven itself as a news source that most people trust. On Election Day, many sites took down their paywall. However, The Wall Street Journal made the interesting decision to keep theirs up and see if they could increase their subscriptions. Their plan worked, and they actually did see quite a large subscription increase in the days following. Like others on this list, one should be careful to read between the lines when reading political reporting or opinion pieces, but when it comes to the basic news itself, they are a reliable source.

9. New York Times

The New York Times hardly needs any introduction. They are perhaps the most well-known newspaper in the entire world, and have been what many consider a source of journalistic integrity and standards for longer than most people can remember. When many people give examples of a reliable source, the New York Times is often the very first example cited. However, they would be higher on the list if not for the fact that like any newspaper in the world, there will always be a certain level of bias. The New York Times can be relied upon to do their best to fact check and tell the truth, but if you are reading up on politics in particular, it is undeniable that they lean slightly more toward the left.

Most of the public still considers them trustworthy, and the bias is slight enough that it is likely natural bias born from life experience, and not anything particularly intentional, but all political stories from any newspaper should be read carefully understanding any possible biases involved in order to better read between the lines. That said, when the President Elect – now President – of the United States, criticized the New York Times for their coverage of the election, and accused them of bias, the public showed their disagreement with President Trump in that regard by voting with their wallets. Shortly after the election the New York Times had an unprecedented surge in paid subscribers of over 40,000 people. This shows that in a time where we have a glut of fake news, people are turning to one of America’s most trusted new sources to get their information.

8. BBC

When most people ask you for most trustworthy or reliable news sources, the BBC is one of the first you hear about. Known around the world for accurate and reliable reporting, they are even judged well in their own country – where people tend to be most critical about the reliability and accuracy of their news. Of those polled in the UK, 62% believed the BBC to be accurate and reliable as news, and almost half of those polled found them to be unbiased. For a news organization that often has to talk about politics, these are actually fairly good numbers. The issue is with politics in general, and the truth is that apart from a service where all they do is literally report what politicians said and nothing else – something essentially no news network today does – there will always be some amount of bias when talking about politics.

This means that with many news sources, the news itself being reported may be reliable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take any commentary with a grain of salt, or think critically about the way the headline or the story is being presented to you. Remember when watching the news to read between the lines. If a story is political, there is a good chance there is some amount of innate bias involved. If you read the story with the particular bias in mind, it will be easier to get to the heart of the matter.

7. NPR

NPR stands for National Public Radio, and is a non-profit that makes radio programming for hundreds of public radio stations around the United States. Over the years, like everything in radio, they have seen their membership decline. In many ways they have struggled to keep their older audience, and find a way to also bring in new, younger listeners. While people will always drive, and thus there will always be a captive audience for radio, much of NPR’s programming is often seen as rather outdated, and they are often accused of having a liberal bias as well. This accusation of liberal bias is not too surprising, as the public service is often funded by those with a slightly more liberal leaning, but the station itself has never been known to greatly exaggerate or mislead people for political reasons.

Like many news services, when they get into opinions in terms of politics, bias is going to present itself. In this case the bias is going to lean more in a liberal direction. However, this does not mean the news you are being told is untrue or even meant to mislead. Something can be completely true and still be told with an innate bias. It is always important to be informed and read between the lines. However, in their defense NPR has award winning journalists, even some who have been killed in the line of duty bravely reporting on facts in war zones like Iraq. And in a time when people are looking for more accurate, down to earth reporting, with as little bias as humanly possible, NPR has been one of the news organizations to see a recent rise in ratings.

6. Snopes

It may seem strange to see Snopes on this list. They are not a news source, exactly, but they are a watchdog who has, over the years, kept an eye both on news sources and on fake news sources, taking the time to dig into the nitty gritty and find the truth behind urban legends or rumors of all kinds. Their work has been tireless and often unnoticed, but they have been going at it since the early days of the internet. At first they dispelled hoaxes that would appear on email chains, but now they have evolved to taking down hoaxes that appear on social media. Whenever some fake news story is trying to get its legs, Snopes is doing everything they can to cut it off at the knees. They find every little detail and ascertain the real truth, if possible, never worrying about any specific agenda besides truth itself.

This dedication has not gone unnoticed. Facebook has been under fire for the glut of Fake News during the last election cycle that appeared in people’s feeds, and the powers that be at Facebook have decided to do something about it at last. They are going to start checking suspect stories with fact checking groups, and if the story doesn’t pass muster, it will be hidden from being seen in people’s feeds. Snopes, the Associated Press, and a few other trusted fact checkers are working with Facebook to vet stories to make sure that people are not reading lies when they scroll through their Facebook feed. This may sound like a silly issue, but among the millennial generation, an alarming number got most of their election news from Facebook. For this reason, it is very important – especially with how people can accidentally turn their own feed into an echo chamber – that fake news stories are weeded out and removed like the cancer that they are.

5. Reuters

Reuters is not a particularly well known news agency when it comes to the public consciousness. In most polls involving trusted sources of news, it doesn’t even really register. However, most people are still probably familiar with the name Reuters and their presence online has increased greatly in recent years. Many people may even notice that similar to the Associated Press, a lot of news stories actually credit Reuters. This is because the two are actually very similar services. While the Associated Press is more of a non-profit venture, both were originally telegraph wire news services. The idea being that a large network of contacts could use the telegraph service to quickly wire news around the world, so everyone didn’t need a reporter everywhere – as long as one or two telegraph agencies had most everything covered by a journalist or two.

In recent years, just like the Associated Press and the rest of the news services, Reuters has struggled with keeping their business performing as needed. This is why in recent days we have started to see them posting more stories on their own website, instead of simply selling their stories to other news agencies. Unfortunately, they would be higher on the list, but using their own website to market news more directly to the consumer has started to allow opinion to seep more into their news stories – instead of simply wiring facts on the ground to other agencies in need of them.

4. The Economist

The Economist is a publication that has been around for more than 150 years, and despite having a fairly clear political stance in its editorials, has still always had a general air of trustworthiness about it. The Economist is known for having a stance that is quite liberal and calls for a more global economy, a stance that a fairly large chunk of people are not particularly on board with. However, while their editorials do have a clear political tone, they are still known for being clear with the actual facts, and in terms of reporting news are not known for being inaccurate. Part of the fact that they are considered so reliable may be the fact that they have worked hard to keep their editorial style more anonymous than other newspapers, so it seems more like the newspaper itself is speaking, instead of different personalities.

In a bizarre way, this almost helps keep the opinion pieces from becoming a spectacle and overshadowing the basic news reporting, something that has likely helped them remain above the fray when it comes to public trust. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, The Economist is actually the most trusted source in America, if you look at it across both ideological spectrums. Interestingly, the poll lists the second most trusted news source in America as the BBC – also a British news agency.

3. PBS

PBS, which stands for Public Broadcasting Service, is known for being incredibly trustworthy as news, and also for providing excellent programs that entertain children and help them learn. While some may get confused because some programming they see locally on PBS may be made locally and not by PBS itself, the actual organization has an amazing reputation when it comes to being unbiased. For years they have had an independent research poll conducted that finds them at the top of trustworthiness and reliability in terms of news. While this should be taken with a grain of salt because the poll is carried out on the behalf of PBS, you don’t just have to take their word for it.

Other polls commissioned by outside sources have looked at the trustworthiness of news organizations as well, and PBS comes away with the best net rating in terms of trust to distrust. Interestingly, among Republicans, Fox News is the most trusted source, but among Democrats it is the least trusted source – making it perhaps the most controversial news source of all. By contrast, PBS is considered trustworthy by a large amount of respondents from both sides of the ideological spectrum. After all, who wouldn’t trust the people who brought us Mr. Rogers?

2. C-SPAN

For those who aren’t aware, C-SPAN is a public access channel that live streams TV straight from the floor of the House and Senate of the United States. C-SPAN stands for Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network and was created long ago by the cable industry in order to give people a way to keep an eye on the primary source when it comes to the actions of their government. While many people think that the federal government is involved in running C-SPAN, this is really not the case. In certain situations those in charge of proceedings can ask for the camera’s to be shut off, but they in no way have any control beyond that over the running of the network or over what is shown or not.

While it isn’t exactly a news source, C-SPAN is about the most reliable primary source you can ask for when it comes to unbiased political news. If you have ever wondered if what you read in a news report was biased, slanted or outright reported wrong or out of context, you can watch C-Span, or clips from it, and find out the truth for yourself. There is no better way to know exactly what a congressperson said than to watch them on TV and witness with your own eyes and ears exactly what they did and said.

1. The Associated Press

In many cases, the Associated Press basically is the news. They are the non-commentary, no nonsense part of the news whose job it is to have tendrils all over the world, at all times. It isn’t really convenient for a local paper to have a reporter in Iraq covering the war, but they still want to be able to report the facts on the ground to the people reading their paper. They cannot just copy someone else’s story, and they cannot afford to send someone to Iraq. Instead, they buy stories from the Associated Press, which has journalists all over the globe and sells breaking news to roughly 15,000 news outlets around the world.

They have long been known for reliable and accurate reporting, and are not known for having any particular agenda. They are a non-profit agency that works with other non-profit agencies at times, in order to share news as efficiently as possible. And in an era where many news organizations seem to have forgotten that fact checking was a thing it is refreshing that they have a very strong commitment to such, and in a world where news organizations have increasingly become primarily entertainment, a commitment to remaining objective. Nearly every news organization across the spectrum uses stories from the AP, because they find and report the actual news.


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  1. I am surprised that there was a need for a list such as this. Was it the Presidential attacks or was it the first time Americans seeing their own Snake biting them.
    Now what i mean is, If say the Americans want to topple other countries governments, because you see there are many more trumps in the world. They (US Govt -especially the now purged State Department) usually hire Reuters, NPR, PBS, NYT (seriously!!) and WSJ to spread non-sensical or satarical or simply BOLD truth stories, which really end up assasinating a politican’s character. for eg: saying, the President of a XYZ nation has unhealthy love for his own Daughter!.
    When Journalism was created, it was to mass-appeal the “stupid” Human Desire to know what others think.
    Organizations such as above have done the exact same thing! If PBS was indeed Neutral, they should also point of how Stupid Bernie Sander’s ideas are in real life.

    Bottom line is that Americans created these media outlets or funded most of them and continue to do so to create trouble in other people’s houses. Problem is they never wanted Trump, but the American Public wanted the country to burn (remember Trump is not a Conservative as well). therefore, as a result the Snake that Americans have had as a Pet has started to Bite them back with Trump and that Sissy Pence in Office.

    • “Stupid media outlets with all of their — stupid facts.”
      … Is that what you meant to type Thomas Mann?

    • Seriously, 3 of these on the list are government run news sites. The BBC was blatantly spinning the Brexit coverage. NPR is left of center anti-Semitic trash. Snopes has been caught dozens of times lying and omitting facts.
      C-Span is literally the only non biased news on this list and unfortunately it’s only political coverage. The rest all have biased coverage.

  2. Haha, very funny. Good joke.
    The AP has lost all credibility. They hardly qualify as a news outlet anymore.
    NPR is a liberal rag, might has well have FOX news on this list to even it out.

  3. This list is pure comedy and now I know which waythe Top 10 leans. Unfortunaltely. There are no non partisan news companies in America U have to read both sides and form your own opinion. It’s best for Top 10 not to make this list at all.

      • I’m surprised the the Washington Post wasn’t included, but I’m glad to see that NPR was in the list.
        It helps a great deal that NPR isn’t commercially funded, and they are extremely active when it comes to fact-checking their guests during the actual interviews.

        To those who have criticized this list …
        If you hear a story that seems questionable, do some digging and fact checking. There’s nothing wrong with being skeptical. Having a based view, however, is something that reasonable people must always be actively aware of.

  4. While this list isn’t perfect (NYT at 9? C’mon) I think 1-5 are pretty spot on. The reason being those sites seem to be mostly fact driven. Now you could argue that the ‘facts’ lean left and the omit ‘facts’ from the right (I’m lookin’ at you PBS) but what 1-5 have in common are raw facts. Not news filtered through a prism of bombast, agenda, and high production value.

    Sadly, what 1-5 also have in common is that they are mostly boring. News sites such as CNN and FoxNews often have ‘non-news’ stories on their front pages in order to attract the casual News consumer.

    Sports teams use the same premise. Dad might watch the Super Bowl because he loves football. Mom cause she loves the commercials. And the kids cause they love Gaga.

    At the end of the day, it’s the business model that dictates what your content is. (Welcome to America, right?)

  5. obviously, TopTenz is very left leaning. Like most of the media. The NYT, Washington Post, PBS, C-span, etc., are the most derogatory press, currently. While I like the BBC for a number of great programs, like Planet Earth II, they are very left leaning. I one respected the Washington Post. They have totally destroyed their credibility. The 2016 presidential election, laid bare the bias of many news organizations. I really don’t trust any of them. I respect the “Economist” and certainly “Fox News”. But even Fox has come under a cloud do to several of their reporters.

    When the media is totally trying to destroy this President, when they basically gave Barak Obama a pass on everything. People know what side their bread is buttered on. They are frauds.

  6. When the Fairness Doctrine was done away with, during Reagan years, news became more of a ratings game. Right-wing biased talk shows purporting to be news became abundant, causing many to confuse opinions with news. I listened as NPR gradually went, in my opinion, from unbiased to right-leaning in an apparent effort to appear “not left”. They seem to be doing a little better. I trust these sources and find it ironic that folks continue to stand up for DT who has a history of well-documented, confirmable lies – while accusing the press who simply report the facts, as being biased. I can only think they listen(ed) too much to those right-wing talk shows and continue to confuse opinion with fact. So my thanks to those who still make the effort to stick to the facts and report news important to the public. We need the free press more than ever. Need the fairness doctrine too – but the GOP has fought that effort in the past. Thanks for the list.

  7. I’ve had suspicions about all these sources, but never did much digging. but, I’ve caught both pbs and snoops with some BS. from horrible acting to just stupid “facts” I know was wrong. But the big key here showing me this in itself is a biased post is by the simple fact that a few of those sources are very much so surrounded by economy. money. the biggest tool they use to control is. I will admit I am biased when it comes to this post, but, am I wrong.

  8. You know, I see a lot of comments here claiming that this list is terrible and that the news outlets listed here are not reliable at all…and yet, I don’t see anyone offering any reliable alternatives.

    So…what else ya got, people?

  9. Great to see sources like The Anti-Media, The Free Thought Project, RT News, Aljazeera, The Daily Sheeple, and more on this list…. Oh wait nevermind. No they aren’t trustworthy, right? What evidence do we have that they are fake news? Umm… None! What evidence do we have CNN, MSNBC, Fox, BBC, WSJ, NYT, and CBS are liars? Well, I can talk for hours showing the evidence they lie.

    I understand why a small alternative media outlet is not on here, but why isn’t RT news or Aljazeera not on the list? They are part of the very few mainstream media outlets that don’t always lie about everything.

    Only news source I agree with on the list is Reuters… So at least you guys are a little open minded.

  10. PETER KEANE on

    Is it the case that we are fast facing a time when no one is trusted? Does anyone else find this worrying in the ‘Information Age’ because it scares the hell out of me!
    In mu country the B.B.C. was once the most trusted and respected News Agency,if the B.B.C. News said it,it was true.
    This is now no longer the case,Political pressure,especially by whoever is the current Paymaster has ruined this.
    To be without a trustworthy source of news is like having no means of navigating yourself in the public world.

  11. “A true journalist isn’t out to change your mind, but rather to tell you what is happening.”

    I could not agree more. Unfortunately, journalism is dead in the US since they all are more interested in giving you their political opinions than tell you what is actually happening. When they stop telling us what is actually happening, and only tell us what they want us to know, they have ceased being journalists and have become propagandists instead.

    This is the current state of the media today – pure propaganda. US media today would have made Joseph Goebbels so very proud.

    This list is a joke, particularly including the traitorous New York Times that relishes betraying the country at every opportunity.

    Perhaps if we start killing these propagandists they will grasp that Americans will no longer tolerate being deliberately lied to by the media. Just something to consider.

  12. I wish this article would have gone more in depth, establishing a solid list of criterion,m and standards by which to determine real from fake; that way, the naysayers would have also been kept at bay. For a youngin like me who is interest in diving into the world of news, it’s quite worrying, and desolating that I don’t know what to trust. Well, that’s not entirely true: it seems that I can not trust more than I can trust, as almost every news outlet—every reporter is more interested Imin shoving their snark down tot throat than hey are, in relaying factual information in an impersonal manner.

  13. How interesting, the NYT, given the Comey just today stated that the NYT story on Trump/Russia collusion was entirely wrong.
    So much for the NYT.

  14. Cindy Nichols on

    Reputable news sources don’t always get it right, but when presented with counter evidence, they issue corrections, Wally. The NYT issues corrections.

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