All I can say is that the mainstream media lie in the service of empire. It may that some alternative journalists lie in the service of the empire, or some other political force. There are a few that I trust, others I think may be trustworthy, and some I am totally unsure of. Trust is a different dimension than thinking that they are well informed.
I think certain writers are very well informed about world affairs, and have interesting views on geopolitical issues, but on the other hand, some might be agents of some state or other. I don’t know how a person would tell. Mere suggestions by others, and suspicions, are certainly no basis for making such a determination.