Hey there B, independent thinking is good, don't let the inveterately grumpy dissuade you from doing that. The thing is to apply that independent critical thinking to alternative news sources as well as to 'mass media'. Ignore the trolls, say something interesting, and the more thinking contributors will come out of the woodwork eventually. (IMO: Charlie Brooker has his head screwed on right, Alex Jones is as fruity as a nutcake, Russell Brand is egocentric and astonishingly ignorant of economics but I find myself agreeing with the general thrust of his argument (if not the policy details) surprisingly often. If you want Proper News then ignore TV news entirely and stick to the broadsheet newspapers, particularly the ones that Snowden trusted i.e. the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel. If Fox News says something then the opposite is probably true. Just my $0.02).