Re: israel to still get paid despite the coming economic crashMar 13th, 2009
The best sources of objective information are non-government organizations, especially ones doing humanitarian work. I trust Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, B'Tselem, the International Committee of the Red Cross....
I first figured out the news includes a lot of misinformation and propaganda back in the 1980's when the US supported terrorist acts and committed acts of war against the Nicaraguan government. I met a Nicaraguan refugee who survived an attack on his village by the US supported Contras. He told me things which completely contradicted the news. Turned out what I thought I knew was unrelated to the reality regarding Nicaragua. The truth was out there, I just had to look for it and apply critical thought.
If you want to make yourself resistant to propaganda, I would suggest that you familarize yourself with common propaganda techniques:
Propaganda Techniques (external - login to view)
and read this book:
Manufacturing Consent (external - login to view)
Also get your news from many sources: CBC, New York Times, BBC, Guardian, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Islam Online, Xinhua, Pravda...
No one source gives the whole picture. All news sources selectively withhold information and spin facts. But between them all, you get a more complete picture.
BTW, my reference to Bush and the start of the Iraq war was an example. What people believed and/or continue to believe about the Iraq war is a litmus test. Some people figured it out at the time. Some people figured it out years later. Some people still haven't figured it out.
All three kinds of people are here on this forum.