NewsGuard browser plug-in claims to certify “real news” despite biased board of directors with history of deception and lies

Thursday, January 31, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Tracey Watson
Thursday, January 31, 2019

With an online world swimming in fake news, the idea of an elevated board of fact checkers with integrity and a strong background in journalism might sound like a good idea to many. In a society where unsubstantiated media reports like those surrounding the Covington Catholic School boys are common, wouldn’t it be nice to know which websites can be relied upon to deliver the truth rather than biased opinion – every time?

This is exactly what the “anti-fake news” service NewsGuard – built into Microsoft’s Edge browser – promises to deliver. But, can NewsGuard be trusted to deliver on its promises? Unfortunately, a closer look at some of the members of its advisory board raises serious questions about the integrity of this service. As reported by Breitbart News recently:

NewsGuard … has an advisory board with a history of spreading inaccurate information, conspiracy theories, and engaging in unethical journalism.

What NewsGuard promises

NewsGuard’s website appears to offer a sure way to sift fact from fiction, promising:

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. …

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.

That’s what NewsGuard promises, but how can they deliver when members of the advisory board that steers this organization themselves have a history of ethical murkiness?

A closer look at NewsGuard’s advisory board

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