Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who are you?
We are a small group of people who are fed up with the systematic
misinformation and serious shortcomings of the mainstream,
profit-oriented media industry. We have varied backgrounds
and different stories to tell, but we are united in our effort
to use the Internet for strengthening alternative voices
and visions on line. We did not create the News Insider to
gain personal exposure, so we do not see the need to name
ourselves at any given opportunity. For enquiries, please
send us an email.
Q. Where are you based?
We are based on both sides of the Atlantic.
Q. Why are you doing
We decided to stop whining about the state of corporate media
and do something about the situation. Our frustration about
the state of mainstream news reporting was the seed that
gave birth to the News Insider. For more information, please
our brief Mission Statement.
Q. What are your politics?
We are characterized by a general progressive ideology, although
this varies amongst our members. Various shades of progressive
ideology are professed by News Insider members.
Q. How long
has the News Insider been on line?
We began our journey in April 2000. For a synopsis of our
site's development, please see our Press Room.
Q. Are the News Insider
services totally free?
Yes. We have never required or requested money from our visitors
or subscribers, although if you're dying to sponsor us, we'll
come up with something. For more information, please send
us an email.
Q. How are you compensated for what you do?
Our aim is to "steal" readers from the mainstream
media. We therefore enjoy seeing our visitor numbers grow day
after day, month after month. We also enjoy building a stable,
faithful readership mass. We are always grateful when visitors
write to us with words of appreciation, or even complaints
about something we wrote or a news story we posted or ignored.
Why do you have partner sites?
Studies have shown that over 80% of global Internet activity
concentrates on only 50 sites. Major news conglomerates are
among those sites. If alternative online media are serious
about challenging the electronic hegemony of profit-oriented
media industries, they need to team up. Our partnerships
are based on the idea that (a) we're part of a larger community
of alternative news providers and readers and (b) that this
community is stronger when it is united, choosing to ignore
minor ideological/political differences and focusing on what
motivates us all to do what we do.
Q. All over the world, the
main news headline today is about _______ (fill in the blank).
But you're not even mentioning
this in today's edition. Why?
Just because CNN, Reuters or the Financial Times choose to
promote a specific news development by selecting it as their
main headline, does not mean that this particular development
necessarily deserves our attention. It is erroneous to allow
a handful of conglomerate media to set our news agenda on
a daily basis.
Q. Why are some of your news headlines in green
It's our way of saying "hey, check this out"!
am interested in your project and want to help you. What
can I do?
First of all, keep coming back often. Become a member of
our growing readership. Second, write to us and let us know
you like and what you don't like. If you want to, register
to receive daily under-reported and censored news headlines
by email. If you still wish to do more, write an article
or two and send them to us for publication on our site. We
all submitted articles and we always respond. For more information,
go to our Article Submission page. Finally, and most importantly,
spread the word about the News Insider in any way you can.
You, the readers, are our strength and most important means
Q. I am a webmaster. How can I post your site's
banner or host your news headlines on my site?
You can host the News Insider's daily under-reported headlines
on your site for free by clicking here. All you need to do
is configure the appropriate parameters to taste and then
collect the appropriate Java code or HTML source. The news
renewed automatically as we update our titles. Also, please
don't forget to drop us a message to let us know you are
using our webfeed and what you think of it.
Q. Are you into conspiracy
First, let us get something straight: the Illuminati, Freemasonry
and UFO sightings are interesting subjects, but we don't
pursue them here at the News Insider. There are plenty of
on these subjects but we're not one of them. We believe in
conspiracy theories or, in their correct term, institutional
analyses, only so long as they have a traceable political
outcome. Here are four illustrative examples of this: (a) "Is George
W. Bush a member of an Alien colony on Earth?" - we couldn't
care less. He certainly behaves as if he doesn't care about
this planet, but the important point is what he does as president
and how this effects this planet's citizens; (b) "Is George
Soros member of the Illuminati conspiracy?" - well, he
might be, he might not be, depending on whether the Illuminati
conspiracy exists or not. Soros is certainly a capitalist,
so if the Illuminati exists and if it protects and increases
the personal fortunes of its members, then Soros is bound to
be a member. However, the easy answer is that Soros probably
strikes more important deals at the locker rooms of his local
Golf Club than at the Illuminati headquarters; (c) "Has
there ever been an agreement in recent history between leading
countries to carve up the world into zones of influence?".
Yes, it's called the Yalta Treaty and it's as mainstream as
history can get. The fate of world populations is still governed
by that secret conspiracy; (d) "Are our freedoms in danger
by conspiratorial secret services that work to undermine democracy
and human rights?". Yes. Our precise knowledge about what
the CIAs, FBIs, MI5s, etc, of the world are up to behind our
backs is usually 30 to 50 years behind, due to the convenient
delay with which most government documents are declassified.
However, if we are to judge by what has already been declassified
on both sides of the Atlantic, then there is absolutely no
doubt that the absence of popular oversight over these organizations
has allowed them to engage in constant and systematic attempts
to undermine justice and human rights over many decades. As
long as these organizations are allowed to develop in the shadows
of democratic accountability, we will not be free.