It has been over two weeks since the publication of the Durham report hammered the final nail in the coffin of a years-long panic, largely fomented by the media, about connections between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Yet organizations that advertise themselves as impartial media watchdogs, like NewsGuard, appear to have taken little notice.
Special Counsel John H. Durham slammed that the FBI’s decision to investigate based on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence,” its “predisposition to open an investigation into Trump,” and its “noticeable departure from how it approached prior matters involving possible attempted foreign election interference plans aimed at the Clinton campaign.”
Breitbart News reached out to NewsGuard to get their verdict on the Durham report. Does it put to rest any question of the legitimacy of the Trump Russia collusion claim? If not, what would it take?
And if it does, how can NewsGuard, which supposedly exists to inform consumers about the reliability of news publishers, adequately inform the public about the scale of the media’s failure in this story, which had a colossal impact on American politics?
Not to mention the failure of the Pulitzer Prize board, which gave the New York Times and Washington Post the highest award in journalism for their work fueling the Trump-Russia panic.
NewsGuard gave Breitbart News no response to these inquiries. There is also scant acknowledgement of the scale of the media’s failing in its reviews of news publishers.
As Breitbart News has reported before, the legitimate publishers that tend to receive low ratings from NewsGuard are conservative news sites that have exposed partisan media narratives like Russiagate, and reported on stories the media prefers to discredit or ignore, like Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Breitbart News has a rating of 49.5 percent from NewsGuard. Fox News has a rating of 69.5 percent. The Spectator has 62 percent. The Federalist has just 12.5 percent.
NewsGuard co-founder Steven Brill personally contributed to the years-long media hysteria about “Russian interference” when in a CNBC broadcast shortly before the 2020 election, he speculated that the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story may have been a “hoax perpetrated by the Russians.”
In prior comments to Breitbart News, Newsguard general manager Matt Skibinski has defended Brill’s comments regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Republicans have had enough with protestations from NewsGuard – a recipient of taxpayer funding through the Pentagon – that it is nonpartisan.
House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who promised to investigate the Pentagon funding, has called NewsGuard “a liberal organization, funded by liberal groups…. trying to discredit conservative information.” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), until recently chairman of the Republican Study Committee, has condemned NewsGuard for its “extreme partisan bias.”
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