Whoever controls information controls the narrative, and by extension, they control whoever is reading, watching, and listening. For much of our history, people’s options for receiving the news were limited, with word of mouth being the most prominent form. With the written word came pamphlets, books, newspapers, and radio.
Then came television. Television was a game-changer because like a radio, it brought the news directly into the home of listeners and viewers, but unlike radio, television brought live coverage with the addition of pictures and video.
The thing that television, radio, and newspapers all had in common is that you generally had to be somebody, such as a journalist, to be heard. This brought a level of credibility, and for a while, it seemed that the news was primarily brought to us with facts so that the consumer could make their own informed decision.
Limited sources of news also meant that sometimes not all stories or information was covered. The real problem seemed to be when mainstream media started pushing opinions and “agendas” over letting viewers make up their own minds with the facts.
As much of a game-changer that television was with the news, the internet has had and continues to have an even bigger effect. The internet has allowed anyone to create their own website, channel, or podcast as a way of delivering their thoughts and unfiltered news, often in a different light than is presented by the big names in the news business. Pretty much any source that offers news in this manner is now referred to as alternative news.
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There are millions of websites, channels, and podcasts, many of them dealing with the goal of reporting newsworthy events. Listed below are some of the biggest names in the game, and some may even be referred to as the fathers of alternative news.
Alex Jones is an American radio talk show host who is labeled as far-right. He predominantly focuses on conspiracy theories, most of these having to do with the government. Some of his better-known (and more controversial) theories have to do with the Sandy Hook Shooting, the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S., and the moon landing.
Other than some of his unpopular opinions, he is also best known for his high level of energy, or outbursts, in which he delivers information. Even though Jones has been removed from YouTube and other social media platforms, he still has many followers, and his show, Info Wars, can be viewed on Rumble.
Steve Quayle is a nationally known radio host as well as a photographer and the author of many books covering topics such as precious metals, bioterrorism, survival, and ancient civilizations.
Steve Quayle is also well known for his ability to predict future events. One of his most well-known predictions was his saying that wind speeds of 350 miles per hour were possible – something which scientists argued couldn’t happen. Then it happened, wrecking a 30-mile swath of trees in the state of Colorado.
If you want to support Steve, learn more about him, find his books, or see what else he is warning about, visit him here at SteveQuayle.com.
Also known as “The Health Ranger,” Mike Adams runs the wildly popular website, NaturalNews.com, as well as a host of spin-off sites. He predominantly has focused on organic lifestyles and natural medicines, and his company is responsible for breaking a number of headlines on matters relating to human health.
Some of the stories Mike Adams broke include:
- Conducting detailed lab analysis of McDonald’s chicken nuggets.
- Exposing the fake acai berry scam in America
- Covering the Oak Park, Michigan case of sentencing a mom to 90 days in jail for growing vegetables in her front yard.
- And many more...
He’s also the host of the podcast The Health Ranger Report, in which he covers current events, many of them from an alternative health angle.
Dave Hodges is the host of The Common Sense Show, whose tagline is “freeing America one enslaved mind at a time.” The Common Sense Show is a podcast that is dedicated to covering topics that include the “loss of constitutional liberties, to the subsequent implementation of a police state under world governance, to exploring the limits of human potential.”
He’s widely known for his stance on the role of the United Nations in forming a New World Order.
If you want to learn more about Dave Hodges or listen in to The Common Sense Show, click here.
Steven Crowder is a Canadian-American political commentator. He is the host of a popular podcast called Louder With Crowder. Crowder is widely known for a segment that he calls “Change My Mind,” in which he takes to the streets to challenge people by confronting them with unpopular or controversial opinions.
You can listen to Crowder’s commentary on controversial topics and his analysis on mainstream media by tuning into Louder With Crowder on YouTube or Rumble.
Are there other fathers of alternative news we forgot to mention?
With the declining interest and views in mainstream media over the last several years, it looks like alternative news sources are here to stay, and with their growing popularity, some of them may not be alternative sources for long.
What are your thoughts on the fathers of alternative news? What other names do you think should have made a list and what are some other growing alternative new sources? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading.
About Bryan Lynch
Bryan Lynch is the author of two books, Swiss Army Knife Camping And Outdoor Survival Guide, and Paracord Projects For Camping And Outdoor Survival. He has also written hundreds of articles about prepping, emergency preparedness, self-reliance, and gear reviews. Through his writing, his hope to help educate people and get them interested in these topics so that they are better prepared for an emergency.