The Real News

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The Real News
Launched 2007
(founded by Paul Jay)
Slogan "The future depends on knowing"
Country United States and Canada (main, also studios in other countries)
Broadcast area Global (World Wide Web)
Headquarters Baltimore, MD and Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Real News (TRNN) is a nonprofit independent news organization. TRNN was launched in 2007 by Paul Jay, who serves as the network's CEO and senior editor. TRNN describes itself as a news source "focused on providing independent and uncompromising journalism." [1]

The Real News Network uses internet broadcasting. It is also available on Xfinity video on demand[2] and Roku.[3] The Real News has offices in Baltimore and Toronto.[4]

Stated goals

The stated goal of The Real News is to provide independent, uncompromising, verifiable worldwide coverage of the critical issues of our times. The Real News provides forums where its work can be debated and criticized, purportedly in order to bring awareness of its potential biases and how such biases may affect the network's coverage.[5]

The Real News does not accept funding from advertising, governments, or corporations. Though the organization initially intended to sustain itself exclusively on viewer donations after its first three years of broadcast, it has not yet reached its sustainability goal. TRNN is therefore partially reliant upon grant money for its operating funds.[6]


The Real News features experienced professional journalists from across the globe.[7]

Analysts and Journalists


The Real News interviews economists, politicians, and policy experts about breaking news. Regular programs include "Reality Asserts Itself," multi-segment interviews on critical issues, and "Rattling the Bars" with host and former Black Panther Eddie Conway. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, is a regular contributor.

Notable guests

Vijay Prashad, Phyllis Bennis, Gerald Hone, Robert W. McChesney, William K. Black, Max Blumenthal, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Noam Chomsky, Chuck D, Phil Donahue, Daniel Ellsberg, Yves Engler, Norman Finkelstein, Heiner Flassbeck, Danny Glover, Chris Hedges, Doug Henwood, Michael Hudson, Naomi Klein, Dennis Kucinich, Deepa Kumar, Norman Lear, Eric Margolis, Ray McGovern, Ralph Nader, Rand Paul, Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, Yves Smith, Helen Thomas, Gore Vidal, Marcy Wheeler, Lawrence Wilkerson, Richard D. Wolff, Sheldon Wolin, and Howard Zinn are among the notable guests who have appeared on The Real News.


The Real News Network works with the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at University of Massachusetts Amherst to produce interviews and debates.[8]

See also


  1. "Our Mission". Retrieved 2014-09-13.
  2. "Comcast Creative (@ComcastCreative)". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-11-21.
  3. "The Real News". Roku. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. "Contact Us". The Real News. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. "Interview with Paul Jay". Daily Kos. 2007-01-06. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  6. "Real News Network plants roots-and tackles the 'media desert'- in Baltimore". City Paper. 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  7. "News without the sponsors". The Age. 2007-08-16. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  8. "PERI: PERI Multimedia". Retrieved 2014-09-13.
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