A brand new degree of “fact checking” and “fake news” counter assaults are coming. This time, nevertheless, it gained’t simply be on Fb or Twitter or Google, it is going to be web and system extensive. This reality checking service is being bought to the general public beneath the identify “NewsGuard” however the one factor it seems to be guarding is the institution.
Newsguard makes an attempt to set itself outdoors of the opposite allegedly “unbiased” reality checkers like Snopes and Politifact by setting out to monetarily cripple unbiased media websites by having their advertisements pulled.
“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,” their web site reads.
However, what this actually means is that websites just like the Free Thought Challenge, who’re totally open concerning the subjective nature of our content material (which means we actually love peace and freedom and have disdain for tyrants) might be hit in our solely supply of considerable income.
Newsguard staff contacted TFTP in the midst of final yr to conduct a collection of interviews through which we answered all of their questions truthfully. We weren’t secret about our pro-freedom and antiwar stance. We additionally weren’t accused of ever knowingly publishing something false and famous how if we obtained one thing fallacious a retraction was issued and a press release launched. Nevertheless, they nonetheless gave us a score by which their extension warns guests that they need to “proceed with caution.”
Within the meantime, nevertheless, corporations like NPR, WaPo, NY Occasions, FOX Information and others, who’ve all been caught publishing lies which had and will have had catastrophic penalties—like conflict—all get a move from Newsguard.
For instance this level, we’ll spotlight some current examples of those main information firms—who’re all thought-about “safe” by Newsguard—however who’ve lied via their tooth, selling misinformation, serving to to begin wars, and having a hand in a few of the deadliest conflicts in US historical past.
One instance of this misinformation is from NPR. As TFTP reported in 2017, NPR falsely accused WikiLeaks of posting 9 GB of information from then Candidate Emmanuel Macron’s marketing campaign. They claimed the paperwork contained pretend knowledge and painted WikiLeaks because the perpetrator behind it.
Regardless of being referred to as out for selling lies, NPR has by no means retracted this assertion and nonetheless receives a “green” score from Newsguard.
Wikileaks posted 9 gigabytes of Macron’s marketing campaign knowledge, which is claimed to embrace each actual and faux paperwork.https://t.co/ib5V8qfsKs
— NPR (@NPR) Might 6, 2017
When it comes to believing NPR or WikiLeaks, we’ll aspect with WikiLeaks each time.
NPR shouldn’t be a reputable information group.
1) WikiLeaks didn’t publish #MacronLeaks
2) Thus far solely Macron claims “fake docs”–however names none
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) Might 6, 2017
Consequently, WikiLeaks—who has by no means had to challenge a single retraction of their historical past as journalists—is given the identical “proceed with caution rating” as TFTP.
Now on to the notorious Washington Submit who has been caught again and again selling outright false info, particularly about Russia.
In 2017, WaPo ran an article titled, Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electrical energy grid via a utility in Vermont, U.S. officers say, suggesting the nation’s energy provide stood in danger to be taken down. This text incited mass worry and hatred towards Russia. However it was merely not true and DHS confirmed it was false.
“While our analysis continues, we currently have no information that indicates that the power grid was penetrated in this cyber incident,” DHS assistant for public affairs J. Todd Breasseale stated in a press release cited by Politico.
However did WaPo difficulty a direct retraction? No, they didn’t. As an alternative, they merely reworded the title in another way as not to additional perpetuate the mass panic and hatred towards Russia that they had already kindled.
Newsguard additionally ignores the $600 million battle of curiosity with the CIA and the only proprietor of the WaPo, Jeff Bezos.
For mendacity repeatedly to the general public and holding ominous conflicts of curiosity, Newsguard provides the Washington Publish a “green” and protected score.
What about FOX Information whose embarrassing techniques of selling completely false info has stung them on numerous events?
In 2016, the FOX Information “terror expert,” paraded round on the community as some CIA-insider for over a decade was uncovered as a fraud. He would even be sentenced to jail for impersonating an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the Central Intelligence Company for many years — from 1973 till 2000. However that is okay, in accordance to Newsguard.
Quick-forward to 2017 they usually obtained caught doing the very same factor—once more. On an version of the since-cancelled O’Reilly Issue, host Invoice O’Reilly introduced on a visitor named Nils Bildt, who was launched as “a Swedish defense and national security advisor,” to talk about Sweden’s refugee insurance policies.
Bildt went on a minutes-long rant concerning the immigration drawback in Sweden to successfully whip up hatred towards Muslim immigrants and all of the whereas FOX Information is claiming he’s a nationwide safety adviser. Nevertheless, as TFTP reported on the time, the Swedish Protection Ministry got here ahead and stated that they had “no spokesman by that name” and famous that “we do not know who he is.”
Seems that Bildt is definitely a person named Sven Tolling who runs a number of safety corporations within the US. FOX Information gave him a platform on which he worry mongered to seemingly increase enterprise for these corporations.
For fomenting false worry utilizing impersonator “experts,” FOX Information additionally has a “green” score from Newsguard.
Final however not least is the New York Occasions.
In accordance to the extensively discredited official story of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, on August 2, 1964, the destroyer USS Maddox, whereas performing a alerts intelligence patrol as a part of DESOTO operations, was pursued by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats of the 135th Torpedo Squadron. The North Vietnamese torpedo boats then attacked with torpedoes and machine gun hearth.
Two days later, in accordance to the official story, on August four, 1962, the NSA reported that a second Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred and US ships have been attacked as soon as once more.
The subsequent day, with out query, on August 5, 1964, the New York Occasions reported “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.” Further retailers, such because the Washington Submit, echoed this declare.
The result of those two incidents was the passage by Congress of the Gulf of Tonkin Decision, which granted then-President Lyndon B. Johnson the authority to help any Southeast Asian nation whose authorities was thought-about to be jeopardized by “communist aggression.” The decision served as Johnson’s authorized justification for deploying U.S. typical forces and the graduation of open warfare towards North Vietnam.
In consequence, 58,177 People would lose their lives. Moreover, over a million North and South Vietnamese, together with 627,000 civilians can be slaughtered.
While that was in 1964, we will look extra just lately on the case of “WMDs” in Iraq.
“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised,” then president George W. Bush asserted in a public handle on March 17, 2003. “This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq’s neighbors and against Iraq’s people.”
Bush’s assertions have been questioned by not solely human rights specialists, however by U.N. weapons inspectors and numerous others. Nevertheless, shortly after the U.S. invaded the sovereign nation, the New York Occasions took up the slack to fill within the applicable casus belli — and commenced beating the warfare drums.
NY Occasions reporter Judith Miller notoriously reported on a supply she described solely as an Iraqi scientist who had seen a number of in depth caches of such weapons saved someplace within the nation. American weapons specialists, she claimed, “said the scientist told them that President Saddam Hussein’s government had destroyed some stockpiles of deadly agents as early as the mid-1990’s, transferred others to Syria, and had recently focused its efforts instead on research and development projects that are virtually impervious to detection by international inspectors, and even American forces on the ground combing through Iraq’s giant weapons plants.”
In hindsight, Miller’s problematic report turned out to be horrendously flawed, and the Occasions spent months trying to backtrack. Nevertheless, the injury — fomenting wide-scale public help for struggle and mass destruction — had been carried out, and hundreds of thousands would die consequently.
For placing out false info that garnered help for wars that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, the New York Occasions additionally has a inexperienced mild from Newsguard.
However then once more, none of this could come as a shock, given the in depth listing of neocon “advisers” brazenly named by Newsguard on their very own web site.
Our buddies over at Mint Press Information have devoted lots of time to prying open this most insidious entity. If you’d like to delve just a little deeper into these neocon connections and the way they plan on ruining the stream of data as we all know it, you are able to do so by studying their well-written piece on it at this hyperlink.
Paradoxically sufficient, whereas looking for the hyperlink to Newsguard on Google, utilizing our Webroot spy ware extension for Chrome, their web site comes up with a warning that it possible accommodates malware or different safety dangers. An ominous indicator certainly.
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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator immediately tasked by the NSA. This prior expertise provides him distinctive perception into the world of presidency corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an unbiased journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks all over the world. Agorist can also be the Editor at Giant on the Free Thought Venture. Comply with @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Fb.