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Matt Taibbi appeared before the new congressional Weaponization of Government Committee on Thursday and said the \for-profit organization NewsGuard, an organization aimed at “combating misinformation,” according to their website, was “US government funded.”
According to the Washington Examiner, “In a lengthy email to @mtaibbi on Friday morning, Newsguard’s CEO Gordon Crovitz refuted that the purported disinformation tracker is ‘U.S. government funded.’ In 2021, the Department of Defense awarded $749,387 to Newsguard.”
Taibbi also tweeted out another round of the Twitter files on Thursday, detailing what he dubbed a “Censorship-Industrial Complex” moving within Twitter, government agencies, establishment media, and mostly non-profit organizations all of whom ideologically align in censorship efforts and named NewsGuard as funded by the Department of Defense.
“Some NGOs, like the GEC-funded Global Disinformation Index or the DOD-funded Newsguard, not only seek content moderation but apply subjective ‘risk’ or ‘reliability’ scores to media outlets, which can result in reduction in revenue. Do we want government in this role?” Taibbi tweeted in the Twitter files installment.
On Friday, NewsGuard CEO Crovitz emailed Taibbi and said, “During the hearing, NewsGuard was inaccurately described as ‘US government funded.’ Unlike other entities mention during the hearing, we are not a non-profit funded by government grants.”
Taibbi reported in the Twitter files that NewsGuard was awarded $749,387 in 2021. Reporting for the Washington Examiner, Gabe Kaminsky reported the same amount and provided a screenshot of the award.
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