UPDATE: This story has been updated to note that NewsGuard's TV nutrition labels for six shows are available on its website.
Try figuring this one out. Biased ratings firm NewsGuard reportedly gave leftist CNN’s Inside Politics a credibility score of 9/10, while Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show notched a 0/10.
MRC Free Speech America showed in a December 2021 report that “credibility” arbiter NewsGuard has a strong leftist, anti-free speech bias. But the online ratings firm is now expanding beyond online news to TV news, Variety reported.
Variety said NewsGuard’s ratings of “140 cable, streaming, and network television shows and networks will be available to advertising agencies, marketers, and others starting January 2, 2023.”
NewsGuard claimed Carlson’s show “regularly advances false, misleading, and unsubstantiated claims on topics of importance such as COVID-19 and U.S. and international politics.”
"NewsGuard is a dangerous form of censorship," said MRC President Brent Bozell. "They are trashing Tucker's show and downgrading anything they don't like, then pushing advertisers to bail and force them off the air."
Meanwhile, CNN’s Inside Politics received a NewsGuard rating of 9/10, because host John King supposedly provides “multiple viewpoints in his reports, mostly through his own summary of dissenting views on a story, and interviews with prominent Republican lawmakers, pollsters, and consultants.”
But King is blatantly biased.
King and his panel used Trump’s dining with Ye (formerly known as “Kanye West”) and Ye’s guest, white supremacist Nick Fuentes, and the GOP’s quiet response, as proof that Republicans are an anti-Semitic party that encourages hate crimes. King ignored the fact that Trump is transparently pro-Israel, while certain Democrats consistently spread anti-Israel rhetoric.
In July, as the economy continued to worsen under the Biden administration, Inside Politics’s King further let his bias show, whining that Americans should “give the Democrats some grace” because “governing is hard.” The month before, King called pro-Trump Republican candidates “a cancer in the Republican party.”
Another liberal outlet’s show, CBS Evening News, garnered a perfect 10/10. CBS Evening News has also shown clear leftist bias, having given majority positive coverage to Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock and overwhelmingly negative coverage to Warnock’s Republican opponent, Herschel Walker, according to a NewsBusters analysis.
Further underscoring NewsGuard’s leftist bias, co-CEO Steven Brill at one point labeled the now-verified Hunter Biden scandal as a Russian “hoax,” and boasted in March that NewsGuard steers advertisers away from outlets (and now TV shows) that promote so-called “misinformation.”
In February, MRC Free Speech America found that NewsGuard rated several Chinese state media outlets higher than several U.S. conservative and pro-life media outlets.
NewsGuard's "Sample TV Nutrition Labels" for six shows are available here.