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    NewsGuard, because we need to control the news.

    Restoring Trust & Accountability

    NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not.
    Our Green-Red ratings signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.

    Readers have more context for their news online.

    And advertisers worried about their brands’ reputations keep their ads off unreliable news sites.

    NewsGuard also provides “Nutrition Label” write-ups of the more than 2,000 news and information sites that account for 96% of online engagement in the U.S. in English.

    A SWAT team of NewsGuard analysts operates 24/7 to identify suddenly trending purveyors of unreliable news among sites that NewsGuard has not yet rated and warn internet users about them in real time.

    After launching in the U.S., NewsGuard will expand to serve the billions of people globally who get news online.

    Our goal is to give everyone the information they need to be better informed about which news sources they can rely on—or can’t rely on.
    Get the Browser Extension
    We tell you if a news site is reliable—right in your browser

    You can install the NewsGuard plugin in either your Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari browser with one click.
    As you browse the news, you’ll see the NewsGuard icon next to news links on search engines and social media feeds, such as Google, Bing, Facebook and Twitter. Green rated sites follow basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Red rated sites do not. Blue rated sites refer to platforms, orange rated sites indicate satire sites, and gray rated sites are those we are in the process of rating and reviewing.
    Hover your mouse over the NewsGuard icon for a brief description of each site and why it received its rating. Click “See the full Nutrition Label” to read a longer description of the site and how it rates on each of our nine criteria.
    Finally, a way to protect brand safety by keeping ads off unreliable news websites.

    The NewsGuard rating of news websites separates sites that are doing reliable journalism from purveyors of false or misleading news or disinformation. Advertisers use the NewsGuard ratings to build a list of reliable news sites safe for advertising and to keep ads off inappropriate sites.
    Brand safety
    By licensing the NewsGuard ratings, advertisers limit their advertising, including programmatic advertising, to sites that meet the NewsGuard criteria. Advertisers use this data and related information about sites to craft efficient—and safe—ad campaigns.

    Ad tech companies have software to keep brands safe from hate speech and pornography. But artificial intelligence cannot root out false news because false news is designed to look like real news. NewsGuard adds an extra layer of protection as the only process that involves human beings—trained journalists—reviewing every website.
    Librarians have long been champions of news literacy. By providing the free NewsGuard browser on library computers, librarians help patrons become better informed about the sources of news they encounter online.

    Librarians share this “Who’s Feeding You the News?” information sheet about NewsGuard with their patrons. In addition to being able to being able to use the NewsGuard browser plug-in while accessing the internet while at the library, patrons can download the NewsGuard plug-in for free on their own desktop or laptop computer.
    For Educators
    A research tool to help students better understand the news and information they consume online

    From K-12 teachers to university professors, educators at all levels are looking for ways to teach news literacy and how to evaluate sources. Educators can use NewsGuard in a civics classroom, a journalism curriculum, or a language arts class.
    https://www.newsguardtech.com/
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    In case anyone is wondering, this is not satire.
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    The man did not think clearly. It was almost as if he had brain cancer of something.

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    How long until they have real SWAT teams?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    How long until they have real SWAT teams?
    At this rate, might be pretty soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    The man did not think clearly. It was almost as if he had brain cancer of something.

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    Doesn’t this align with libertarian ideas about private ratings services? (UL, Consumer Reports, etc.)

    But who will they partner with for these ratings? SPLC? Atlantic Council?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Doesn’t this align with libertarian ideas about private ratings services? (UL, Consumer Reports, etc.)

    But who will they partner with for these ratings? SPLC? Atlantic Council?
    Well, here's one take on them from a recipient of their ratings.

    https://www.mintpressnews.com/newsgu...-indie/253684/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    The man did not think clearly. It was almost as if he had brain cancer of something.

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    Commentary
    Why NewsGuard, Aimed At Fighting Fake News, Won't Work

    by Laurie Sullivan , Staff Writer @lauriesullivan, March 6, 2018

    It’s much too easy to publish false stories in the age of the internet, and unfortunately too many people still say “I saw it on the internet, so it must be true,” so on Monday two entrepreneurs announced a plan to fix the “broken internet.”

    It’s a good idea. And media entrepreneurs Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz have great intentions. But not even the $6 million they raised with help from investor Publicis Groupe to launch NewsGuard can aid this crusade without the buy-in of Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter and other big sites.

    It's like so many other projects that take a chain of companies to pull together rather than go it alone.

    NewsGuard aims to address fake news by hiring dozens of journalists to review 7,500 U.S. news and information web sites that are most commonly accessed. The fledgling enterprise wants to solve the problem of ridding the Internet of fake news.

    The details are sketchy. Reports tout the efforts, but I believe much of the information that will make this work is missing.

    Even with The Wall Street Journal detailing NewsGuard’s business model to charge the digital platforms so users can access the ratings and nutrition labels and to charge advertisers to keep their ads off fake news and propaganda sites, the plan still needs the buy-in of Google, Bing and others for it to become successful. NewsGuard said it won’t charge publishers for their rating and will make a free version available to individuals and news-literacy groups.

    Publishers will be rated with green, yellow or red tags to identify the news source. But what good will this be unless those ratings appear in search results or next to the headline in a Facebook feed?

    What publisher will agree to put a less-than-stellar rating on its web site? If not on the web site, the search engines will need to agree to add the rating in search results next to the listing.

    Search Insider reached out to Google for comment and did not get a response.

    And what will NewsGuard rely on for accuracy? Journalistic reviewers, according to the company. No details have been shared on the type of checklist they will follow.
    https://www.mediapost.com/publicatio...news-wont.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    The man did not think clearly. It was almost as if he had brain cancer of something.

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    So it looks like this is not a new idea. It’s a rehash and relaunch of something by Steven Brill. He has been called out in the past by Matt Welch about this.

    Apparently it’s nothing but MSM insiders, funded by the MSM, who want to “rate” the media. The results will be predictable. It’s almost scary how stereotypically Orwellian this is. The Ministry of Truth will tell you the truth about the Ministry of Truth, and honestly “rank” any sources outside the influence of the Ministry of Truth (and Ministry of Peace).

    If any of you people ever again invite Steven Brill to speak at your journalism conference, or comment for your media article, shame on you.

    Brill's Content magazine -- the "media watchdog" that proposes anal new conflict-disclosure measures nearly every month -- just published its first issue since the incredible news that its editor/publisher had launched a new e-commerce company with several of the media companies he covers (such as CBS and NBC). And the only real mention of the conflict-riddled new arrangement is a deeply dishonest final paragraph of Brill's own column about how media conglomerates should be heavily regulated by the federal government.
    ...
    Earth to Steve -- it's bad form for a media moralizer to lie.

    To call Brill's Content and the still-unbuilt Contentville.com "separate" businesses with "separate ownership" is a Bill Clinton-caliber evasion. Brill Media Holdings, a company headed and named after CEO Steven Brill, launched Brill's Content in 1998, and owns 34 percent of Contentville. Brill's Content and Contentville will have the same editor (David Kuhn), same publisher and CEO (Steven Brill), will work in the same office and share some of the same editorial content, according to company statements and press reports. Brill will continue editing articles for both companies.

    Contentville's main investors are CBS, NBC, TheStreet.com founder James Cramer, magazine seller Primedia, magazine-subscription servicer EBSCO and book wholesaler Ingram Book Group. According to a Brill press release, it will give "really independent, non-hyped recommendations" of books, magazines and television transcripts -- and make its money selling what it recommends.

    Basically, it's like Ralph Nader starting an e-commerce venture with Chevrolet to sell used Corvairs, or Consumer Reports launching a Web site with Procter & Gamble.
    ...
    http://mattwelch.com/OJRsave/OJRsave...ntentville.htm
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    And here’s a critique about a pro-surveillance state article written by the other major founder of this new rating service. He is Gordon Crovitz from The Wall Street Neoconservative Journal:

    Wall Street Journal columnist L. Gordon Crovitz wrote a misleading and error-filled column on NSA surveillance Monday based on documents obtained by EFF through our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Since we’ve been poring over the documents for the last week, we felt it was important we set the record straight about what they actually reveal.
    ...
    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20...eillance.shtml
    Last edited by Brian4Liberty; 01-10-2019 at 09:46 AM.
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    Traditional media motto:

    We can't compete with modern media sources, therefore we badmouth them!
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    which one of yall fuckers wrote the "ron paul" racist news letters
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    How long before this free plugin comes preloaded on every computer sold?
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    This intellectually stimulating conversation is the reason I keep coming here.

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    How long before this free plugin comes preloaded on every computer sold?
    This is why I build my own systems - and then install Linux on them ...

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    This is why I build my own systems - and then install Linux on them ...
    I should try that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Paul View Post
    The intellectual battle for liberty can appear to be a lonely one at times. However, the numbers are not as important as the principles that we hold. Leonard Read always taught that "it's not a numbers game, but an ideological game." That's why it's important to continue to provide a principled philosophy as to what the role of government ought to be, despite the numbers that stare us in the face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Doesn’t this align with libertarian ideas about private ratings services? (UL, Consumer Reports, etc.)
    Yes - although services such as Underwriters' Laboratory offer objectively reproducible analyses, as opposed to opinionative factional hackery.

    It also aligns with libertarian ideas about free speech (opinionative factional hackery being a subset of speech, regardless of how objectionable it may be).

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    But who will they partner with for these ratings? SPLC? Atlantic Council?
    It wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    How long until they have real SWAT teams?
    They're leaning toward drones, they'll be operated from India.

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    ''NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not. ''
    -
    Another case of ''...the fox guarding the henhouse''



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    "The Patriarch"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    The man did not think clearly. It was almost as if he had brain cancer of something.

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    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
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    MintPress: How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media

    Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond. …

    neoconservatives and other standard bearers of the military-industrial complex and the U.S. oligarchy are now poised to let loose their latest digital offensive against independent media outlets …

    MintPress was informed that it was under review by an organization called Newsguard Technologies and asked Muhawesh to comment on a series of allegations, several of which were blatantly untrue. However, further examination of this organization reveals that it is funded by and deeply connected to the U.S. government, neo-conservatives, and powerful moneyed interests, all of whom have been working overtime since the 2016 election to silence dissent to American forever-wars and corporate-led oligarchy.

    More troubling still, Newsguard — by virtue of its deep connections to government and Silicon Valley — is lobbying to have its rankings of news sites installed by default on computers in U.S. public libraries, schools, and universities as well as on all smartphones and computers sold in the United States. … as Newsguard’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States. …

    According to its website, Newsguard has rated more than 2,000 news and information sites. However, it plans to take its ranking efforts much farther by eventually reviewing “the 7,500 most-read news and information websites in the U.S.—about 98 percent of news and information people read and share online” in the United States in English.

    A recent Gallup study, which was supported and funded by Newsguard as well as the Knight Foundation (itself a major investor in Newsguard), stated that a green rating increased users likelihood to share and read content while a red rating decreased that likelihood. …

    the rankings Newsguard itself has publicized show that it is manifestly uninterested in fighting “misinformation.” How else to explain the fact that the Washington Post and CNN both received high scores even though both have written stories or made statements that later proved to be entirely false? For example, CNN falsely claimed in 2016 that it was illegal for Americans to read WikiLeaks releases and unethically colluded with the DNC to craft presidential debate questions to favor Hillary Clinton’s campaign that same year. … CNN published a fake story that a Russian bank linked to a close ally of President Donald Trump was under Senate investigation. That same year, CNN was forced to retract a report that the Trump campaign had been tipped off early about WikiLeaks documents damaging to Hillary Clinton …

    The Washington Post, whose $600 million conflict of interest with the CIA goes unnoted by Newsguard, has also published false stories since the 2016 election, including one article that falsely claimed that “Russian hackers” had tapped into Vermont’s electrical grid. It was later found that the grid itself was never breached and the “hack” was only an isolated laptop with a minor malware problem. Yet, such acts of journalistic malpractice are apparently of little concern to Newsguard when those committing such acts are big-name corporate media outlets. …

    Newsguard gives a high rating to Voice of America, the U.S. state-funded media outlet, even though its former acting associate director said that the outlet produces “fluff journalism” and despite the fact that it was recently reformed to “provide news that supports our [U.S.] national security objectives.” …

    However, RT receives a low “red” rating for being funded by the Russian government and for “raising doubts about other countries and their institutions” (i.e., including reporting critical of the institutions and governments of the U.S. and its allies). …

    a quick look at [Newsguard’s] co-founders, top funders and advisory board make it clear that Newsguard is aimed at curbing voices that hold the powerful — in both government and the private sector — to account. …

    In addition to being a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Crovitz proudly notes in his bio, available on Newsguard’s website, that he has been an “editor or contributor to books published by the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation.” … American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is one of the most influential neoconservative think tanks in the country and its “scholars,” directors and fellows have included neoconservative figures like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton and Frederick Kagan. … AEI was instrumental in promoting the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq and has since advocated for militaristic solutions to U.S. foreign policy objectives and the expansion of the U.S.’ military empire as well as the “War on Terror.” … AEI was also closely associated with the now defunct and controversial neoconservative organization known as the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), which presciently called, four years before 9/11, for a “new Pearl Harbor” as needed to rally support behind American military adventurism.

    The Heritage Foundation, like AEI, was also supportive of the war in Iraq and has pushed for the expansion of the War on Terror and U.S. missile defense and military empire. …

    Yet, beyond his innumerable connections to neoconservatives and powerful monied interest, Crovitz has repeatedly been accused of inserting misinformation into his Wall Street Journal columns, with groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation accusing him of “repeatedly getting his facts wrong” on NSA surveillance and other issues. Some of the blatant falsehoods that have appeared in Crovitz’s work have never been corrected, even when his own sources called him out for misinformation. For example, in a WSJ opinion piece that was written by Crovitz in 2012, Crovitz was accused of making “fantastically false claims” about the history of the internet by the very people he had cited to support those claims. …

    Newsguard’s advisory board makes it clear that Newsguard was created to serve the interests of American oligarchy. Chief among Newsguard’s advisors are Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush and Ret. General Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, a former NSA director and principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy seeking to “advise corporate clients and governments, including foreign governments” on security matters that was co-founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who also currently serves as the board chairman of major weapons manufacturer BAE systems.

    Another Newsguard advisor of note is Richard Stengel, former editor of Time magazine, a “distinguished fellow” at the Atlantic Council and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy under President Barack Obama. At a panel discussion hosted last May by the Council on Foreign Relations, Stengel described his past position at the State Department as “chief propagandist” and also stated that he is “not against propaganda. Every country does it and they have to do it to their own population and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.” …

    Other Newsguard advisors include Don Baer, former White House communications director and advisor to Bill Clinton and current chairman of both PBS and the influential PR firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe as well as Elise Jordan, former communications director for the National Security Council and former speech-writer for Condoleezza Rice, as well as the widow of slain journalist Michael Hastings — who was writing an exposé on former CIA director John Brennan at the time of his suspicious death.

    Why give folks a choice?
    While even a quick glance at its advisory board alone would be enough for many Americans to decline to install Newsguard’s browser extension on their devices, the danger of Newsguard is the fact that it is diligently working to make the adoption of its app involuntary. Indeed, if voluntary adoption of Newsguard’s app were the case, there would likely be little cause for concern, given that its website attracts barely more than 300 visits per month and its social-media following is relatively small, with just over 2,000 Twitter followers and barely 500 Facebook likes at the time of this article’s publication.

    To illustrate its slip-it-under-the-radar strategy, Newsguard has gone directly to state governments to push its browser extension onto entire state public library systems … The first state to install Newsguard on all of its public library computers across its 51 branches was the state of Hawaii …

    According to local media, Newsguard “now works with library systems representing public libraries across the country, and is also partnering with middle schools, high schools, universities, and educational organizations to support their news literacy efforts,” suggesting that these Newsguard services targeting libraries and schools are soon to become a compulsory component of the American library and education system, despite Newsguard’s glaring conflicts of interest …

    Microsoft announced last August that it would be partnering with Newsguard to actively market the company’s ranking app and other services to libraries and schools throughout the country. … Microsoft has now added the Newsguard app as a built-in feature of Microsoft Edge, …

    Newsguard, for its part, seems confident that its app will soon be added by default to all mobile devices. …

    The Globe wrote
    Microsoft has already agreed to make NewsGuard a built-in feature in future products, and [Newsguard co-CEO] Brill said he’s in talks with other online titans. The goal is to have NewsGuard running by default on our computers and phones whenever we scan the Web for news.”

    in addition to Microsoft, Newsguard is also closely connected to Google, as Google has been a partner of the Publicis Groupe since 2014 … its partnership with Publicis means that Newsguard’s rating system will soon see itself being promoted by yet another of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies. … there is an effort underway to integrate Newsguard into social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. …
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    So it looks like this is not a new idea. It’s a rehash and relaunch of something by Steven Brill. He has been called out in the past by Matt Welch about this.

    Apparently it’s nothing but MSM insiders, funded by the MSM, who want to “rate” the media. The results will be predictable.
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    There's not a liberty lover on the planet who isn't called a liberal by the right, and a con by the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZJoe View Post
    MintPress: How a NeoCon-Backed “Fact Checker” Plans to Wage War on Independent Media

    Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond. …

    neoconservatives and other standard bearers of the military-industrial complex and the U.S. oligarchy are now poised to let loose their latest digital offensive against independent media outlets …

    MintPress was informed that it was under review by an organization called Newsguard Technologies and asked Muhawesh to comment on a series of allegations, several of which were blatantly untrue. However, further examination of this organization reveals that it is funded by and deeply connected to the U.S. government, neo-conservatives, and powerful moneyed interests, all of whom have been working overtime since the 2016 election to silence dissent to American forever-wars and corporate-led oligarchy.

    More troubling still, Newsguard — by virtue of its deep connections to government and Silicon Valley — is lobbying to have its rankings of news sites installed by default on computers in U.S. public libraries, schools, and universities as well as on all smartphones and computers sold in the United States. … as Newsguard’s project advances, it will soon become almost impossible to avoid this neocon-approved news site’s ranking systems on any technological device sold in the United States. …

    According to its website, Newsguard has rated more than 2,000 news and information sites. However, it plans to take its ranking efforts much farther by eventually reviewing “the 7,500 most-read news and information websites in the U.S.—about 98 percent of news and information people read and share online” in the United States in English.

    A recent Gallup study, which was supported and funded by Newsguard as well as the Knight Foundation (itself a major investor in Newsguard), stated that a green rating increased users likelihood to share and read content while a red rating decreased that likelihood. …

    the rankings Newsguard itself has publicized show that it is manifestly uninterested in fighting “misinformation.” How else to explain the fact that the Washington Post and CNN both received high scores even though both have written stories or made statements that later proved to be entirely false? For example, CNN falsely claimed in 2016 that it was illegal for Americans to read WikiLeaks releases and unethically colluded with the DNC to craft presidential debate questions to favor Hillary Clinton’s campaign that same year. … CNN published a fake story that a Russian bank linked to a close ally of President Donald Trump was under Senate investigation. That same year, CNN was forced to retract a report that the Trump campaign had been tipped off early about WikiLeaks documents damaging to Hillary Clinton …

    The Washington Post, whose $600 million conflict of interest with the CIA goes unnoted by Newsguard, has also published false stories since the 2016 election, including one article that falsely claimed that “Russian hackers” had tapped into Vermont’s electrical grid. It was later found that the grid itself was never breached and the “hack” was only an isolated laptop with a minor malware problem. Yet, such acts of journalistic malpractice are apparently of little concern to Newsguard when those committing such acts are big-name corporate media outlets. …

    Newsguard gives a high rating to Voice of America, the U.S. state-funded media outlet, even though its former acting associate director said that the outlet produces “fluff journalism” and despite the fact that it was recently reformed to “provide news that supports our [U.S.] national security objectives.” …

    However, RT receives a low “red” rating for being funded by the Russian government and for “raising doubts about other countries and their institutions” (i.e., including reporting critical of the institutions and governments of the U.S. and its allies). …

    a quick look at [Newsguard’s] co-founders, top funders and advisory board make it clear that Newsguard is aimed at curbing voices that hold the powerful — in both government and the private sector — to account. …

    In addition to being a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Crovitz proudly notes in his bio, available on Newsguard’s website, that he has been an “editor or contributor to books published by the American Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation.” … American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is one of the most influential neoconservative think tanks in the country and its “scholars,” directors and fellows have included neoconservative figures like Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, John Bolton and Frederick Kagan. … AEI was instrumental in promoting the invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq and has since advocated for militaristic solutions to U.S. foreign policy objectives and the expansion of the U.S.’ military empire as well as the “War on Terror.” … AEI was also closely associated with the now defunct and controversial neoconservative organization known as the Project for a New American Century (PNAC), which presciently called, four years before 9/11, for a “new Pearl Harbor” as needed to rally support behind American military adventurism.

    The Heritage Foundation, like AEI, was also supportive of the war in Iraq and has pushed for the expansion of the War on Terror and U.S. missile defense and military empire. …

    Yet, beyond his innumerable connections to neoconservatives and powerful monied interest, Crovitz has repeatedly been accused of inserting misinformation into his Wall Street Journal columns, with groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation accusing him of “repeatedly getting his facts wrong” on NSA surveillance and other issues. Some of the blatant falsehoods that have appeared in Crovitz’s work have never been corrected, even when his own sources called him out for misinformation. For example, in a WSJ opinion piece that was written by Crovitz in 2012, Crovitz was accused of making “fantastically false claims” about the history of the internet by the very people he had cited to support those claims. …

    Newsguard’s advisory board makes it clear that Newsguard was created to serve the interests of American oligarchy. Chief among Newsguard’s advisors are Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush and Ret. General Michael Hayden, a former CIA director, a former NSA director and principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy seeking to “advise corporate clients and governments, including foreign governments” on security matters that was co-founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who also currently serves as the board chairman of major weapons manufacturer BAE systems.

    Another Newsguard advisor of note is Richard Stengel, former editor of Time magazine, a “distinguished fellow” at the Atlantic Council and Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy under President Barack Obama. At a panel discussion hosted last May by the Council on Foreign Relations, Stengel described his past position at the State Department as “chief propagandist” and also stated that he is “not against propaganda. Every country does it and they have to do it to their own population and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.” …

    Other Newsguard advisors include Don Baer, former White House communications director and advisor to Bill Clinton and current chairman of both PBS and the influential PR firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe as well as Elise Jordan, former communications director for the National Security Council and former speech-writer for Condoleezza Rice, as well as the widow of slain journalist Michael Hastings — who was writing an exposé on former CIA director John Brennan at the time of his suspicious death.

    Why give folks a choice?
    While even a quick glance at its advisory board alone would be enough for many Americans to decline to install Newsguard’s browser extension on their devices, the danger of Newsguard is the fact that it is diligently working to make the adoption of its app involuntary. Indeed, if voluntary adoption of Newsguard’s app were the case, there would likely be little cause for concern, given that its website attracts barely more than 300 visits per month and its social-media following is relatively small, with just over 2,000 Twitter followers and barely 500 Facebook likes at the time of this article’s publication.

    To illustrate its slip-it-under-the-radar strategy, Newsguard has gone directly to state governments to push its browser extension onto entire state public library systems … The first state to install Newsguard on all of its public library computers across its 51 branches was the state of Hawaii …

    According to local media, Newsguard “now works with library systems representing public libraries across the country, and is also partnering with middle schools, high schools, universities, and educational organizations to support their news literacy efforts,” suggesting that these Newsguard services targeting libraries and schools are soon to become a compulsory component of the American library and education system, despite Newsguard’s glaring conflicts of interest …

    Microsoft announced last August that it would be partnering with Newsguard to actively market the company’s ranking app and other services to libraries and schools throughout the country. … Microsoft has now added the Newsguard app as a built-in feature of Microsoft Edge, …

    Newsguard, for its part, seems confident that its app will soon be added by default to all mobile devices. …

    The Globe wrote
    Microsoft has already agreed to make NewsGuard a built-in feature in future products, and [Newsguard co-CEO] Brill said he’s in talks with other online titans. The goal is to have NewsGuard running by default on our computers and phones whenever we scan the Web for news.”

    in addition to Microsoft, Newsguard is also closely connected to Google, as Google has been a partner of the Publicis Groupe since 2014 … its partnership with Publicis means that Newsguard’s rating system will soon see itself being promoted by yet another of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies. … there is an effort underway to integrate Newsguard into social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. …
    It looks like there is a need for activism here.
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  25. #22
    Daily Mail demands browser warning U-turn

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46976834

    InfoWars.com is also blacklisted.

  26. #23
    I don't dare trust NEWS GUARD until they become 'State' run.

    Venezuela Calling

  27. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Stratovarious View Post
    ''NewsGuard uses journalism to fight false news, misinformation, and disinformation. Our trained analysts, who are experienced journalists, research online news brands to help readers and viewers know which ones are trying to do legitimate journalism—and which are not. ''
    -
    Another case of ''...the fox guarding the henhouse''
    Yes, think SNOPES.
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  29. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by donnay View Post
    Yes, think SNOPES.
    I totally agree, but why did you attribute that quote to me?

  30. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Stratovarious View Post
    I totally agree, but why did you attribute that quote to me?
    By what you said in the quote-- implying you don't trust them. I agreed and added SNOPES as another one in that same line of thinking--sorry if that wasn't clear.
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  31. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by donnay View Post
    By what you said in the quote-- implying you don't trust them. I agreed and added SNOPES as another one in that same line of thinking--sorry if that wasn't clear.
    Yea, that's fine, and snopes , good lord what a mess....

  32. #28
    Corporate and neocon-backed startup NewsGuard is one step closer to its vision of bringing its “unreliable” news rater to every screen after Microsoft makes it an integral part of its Edge mobile browser.

    Rather than having to download an app as before, Edge users on Android and Apple devices can now just click one button to enable its “green-red rating signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.”

    Among the green-rated websites: Voice of America, CNN, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as left-leaning upstarts such as Vice News and Refinery 29. Ones that are given the red warning label of “failing to maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability”: RT and Sputnik (obviously enough) and the right-wing Daily Mail, Breitbart and the Drudge Report, in addition to hundreds of other non-mainstream news websites such as Wikileaks.
    Not only does the integration ensure that NewsGuard is present on every browser, and is easier to use than to ignore, but by making it a fundamental Microsoft-provided feature, the company gives it inherent level of trustworthiness, something akin to a bundled anti-virus feature, only this time the virus targets your brain, not your computer or iPod.


    However much respectability NewsGuard enjoys through Microsoft, Edge has a laughably small – a fraction of a percent – market share on mobiles. In practical terms, even an increase of popularity of several thousand percent will only mean several thousand new users, and other browsers are available.
    This would be that, if not for newsGuard’s self-proclaimed ambition “to expand to serve the billions of people globally who get news online.” This is just a beginning: there is an overarching plan where all public computers, from the school to the university to the library, are automatically equipped with the same “safe browsing” system.
    And rather than as an individual warning, NewsGuard plans to make its designations work as an effective financial tool. The company, which has received $6 million in backing, also plans to soon work with advertisers, “keeping ads off unreliable news websites” to ensure “brand safety.” Fall foul of the green ticks, no money for you. Advertising managers are already demonetizing programs with alternative or controversial viewpoints elsewhere, and soon the process can be automated, and Brill is boasting that he is “happy to be blamed” – doing the dirty work for the platforms. No wonder alternative outlets in the US are openly opposed.
    So, just like the use of NewsGuard in all public libraries in the faraway state of Hawaii (no money charged), it is best to look at the Edge integration is more of a test, a pilot project, a dry run. Latching NewsGuard onto a popular browser like Chrome, or a social network like Facebook, would stir tremors of public debate, as it has done in the past when similar initiatives have been tried. Instead, first they came for the Edge users.


    More at: https://www.infowars.com/controversi...obile-browser/
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  33. #29
    It would be more honest of them to skip the red and green and use red and blue.
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  34. #30
    Screw NewsGuard.
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