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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.
    "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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    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.
    "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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    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/
    "The Patriarch"

    willie with tan lines: enjoy the shots and the woman
    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
    "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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    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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    "Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country, and giving it to the rich people of a poor country." - Ron Paul
    "Beware the Military-Industrial-Financial-Corporate-Internet-Media-Government Complex." - B4L update of General Dwight D. Eisenhower
    "Debt is the drug, Wall St. Banksters are the dealers, and politicians are the addicts." - B4L
    "Totally free immigration? I've never taken that position. I believe in national sovereignty." - Ron Paul
    They are what they hate.” - B4L


    The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not represent this forum or any other entities or persons.

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    Traditional media motto:

    We can't compete with modern media sources, therefore we badmouth them!
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    ...I believe that when the government is capable of doing a thing, it will.
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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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    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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    This intellectually stimulating conversation is the reason I keep coming here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzanimal View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Occam's Banana View Post
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    This intellectually stimulating conversation is the reason I keep coming here.

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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"

    willie with tan lines: enjoy the shots and the woman
    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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