News Nanny: The Race To Censor Internet News

How can you tell that internet censorship is really taking off? Easy. It’s becoming a business model.

Steven Brill is raising $6 million to launch News Guard. This new service will rate news sites on their trustworthiness from green to red. Forget politically unbiased algorithms. The ratings will be conducted by “qualified, accountable human beings” from teams of “40 to 60 journalists.” Once upon a time, journalism meant original writing. Now it means deciding which original writing to censor.

  • Bernie

    1984 Right Speak!

  • tom_billesley

    Journalists censoring the news. Next firemen will burn books. (Fahrenheit 451).

  • Thomas Henderson

    The ratings will be conducted by “qualified, accountable human beings” from teams of “40 to 60 journalists.”

    After the 2016 election, who in their right mind would think journalists are qualified as impartial observers to rate anything? They’ve already proven themselves clueless about ideas or thoughts outside their own echo chamber.

    Putting 40 to 60 in a room would only give us another CNN – ‘clowns, ninnies, & narcissists’.

    • tom_billesley

      It’s an employment scheme for journalists displaced by the decline of mainstream media.

  • Tooth&Claw

    You know you’re a special snowflake when you need your news predigested to see if you can stomach the facts.

  • WalterBannon



    plural noun: journalists

    a douche who writes propaganda for fake news.

  • kkruger71

    If something like this existed in the 70s:
    “Deep Throat? Meh, the 50 of us never heard from this source. Fake news!”.

  • I will trust BCF, and other media I trust now, no matter what rating they get from the Internet censors.