Fed-backed Consortium Flags Several Right-Wing News Organizations

A private consortium, which worked with federal agencies during the 2020 election, released a report listing many right-wing news organizations as spreaders of disinformation.

The private consortium is composed of the Stanford Internet Observatory, University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, think tank Atlantic Council, and social media analytics firm Graphika.

In the report, Just the News, New York Post, Fox News, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Epoch Times, and Breitbart were listed as among the top 20 websites with the most tweets flagged for making election integrity claims.

The report also listed the 21 “”most prominent repeat spreaders [of misinformation] on Twitter.” None of the news organizations were from the left.

The consortium worked with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the State Department, and the Democratic National Committee.

Just the News Editor in Chief John Solomon criticized the reports as a form of censorship.

“No news organization should be subjected to an enemies/censorship list for reporting newsworthy facts” Solomon said in a statement. “It’s even more egregious that this censorship machinery was prodded, aided and sanctioned by the federal government.”

Publisher Jim Hoft took it a step further, likening the event to something that would happen in China.

“How is this any different from what happens in Communist Party-controlled China?” he asked.

Breitbart News Editor in Chief Alexander Marlow stressed that politics have no place in journalism.

“The definition of ‘disinformation’ is now any reported facts that go against the world view of the political establishment,” Marlow wrote.

Large liberal media outlets were notably absent from much of the report. CNN, Washington Post, and The New York Times were cited as having spread “false or misleading information” only a “couple” times.

Notably, the report gave the Associated Press a right-leaning spread of 66.14 percent, noting that it had “falsely framed the motive and exaggerated the impact” of voting boxes set up by Republicans. This is despite efforts by the Associated Press to combat election misinformation.

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