Once upon a time — about five years ago — “fake news” was just that: partisan propaganda or deliberate misinformation masquerading as legitimate journalism.
Of late, “fake news” is frequently whatever President Donald Trump dislikes, regardless of an offending news report’s accuracy or merit.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, surveys indicate public trust in mass media, particularly among Republicans, now sits near a modern nadir.
So here’s some good news — and real news, at that: Journalism reliability project NewsGuard has given our nonprofit investigative news organization a perfect score for credibility and transparency.
“That’s up from about 15% because so many sites improved their practices to get higher scores from us, which we love,” Brill said in an email.
The Center for Public Integrity’s accurate reporting, responsible news gathering practices, straightforward headlines and robust disclosure policies are among the factors that contribute to its ranking, according to NewsGuard’s latest assessment.
Public Integrity also earned points for how we acknowledge and promptly correct any error we make.
NewsGuard’s assessment lauds Public Integrity’s “in-depth examinations of subjects on all sides of the political spectrum” and investigations of “conservative power brokers as well as Democratic campaigns,” such as that of 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Also noted: our close reporting partnerships with major news organizations such as The Atlantic, FiveThirtyEight and NPR, which also received high NewsGuard ratings.
NewsGuard is available for download as a browser extension for most web browsers.
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