Just because you like what a website, newspaper or network is saying, just because it resonates with you, that doesn't mean it's true. That doesn't mean it's unbiased.
The Ad Fontes Media Bias Chart remains the most accurate set of ratings I have found. They sort news and opinion outlets on both bias (Left/Right) and accuracy/reliability (on the vertical axis). You'll find most of the major U.S. networks and newspapers high in accuracy and Left of center to a greater or lesser extent -- about where I'd rank them.
Epoch Times and Gateway Pundit are way out to the Right -- okay, they are -- and way, way low in reliability. That unreliability is a problem: they publish things that are of dubious provenance. Things that are poorly attributed, not well-supported by the facts or the experts and possibly even made up.
Political bias is one thing; everyone's got an opinion and they're entitled to it. But while you get your own opinion to have and to hold, you don't get your own set of facts. And if you feed yourself a steady diet of non-factual "facts," you end up off in cloud-cuckooland, believing six impossible things before breakfast. It may be great fun or at least a great comfort, but it's a dangerously bad set of tools for coping with the real world. Sooner or later, that path will leave you stranded in fantasy with no way back and a surplus of anger.
Things don't get better from there.
Seek media that makes you a little uncomfortable. Cross-check the claims that bug you. Cross-check the stuff you like. Don't just follow one guy's website, linking to itself. Go back to the source material whenever you can and then check that the source is real and reliable. Don't assume everyone who smiles and agrees with you is your friend.
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