Editor’s note: The Daily Signal’s audience, for the most part, wasn’t too impressed by a journalism group’s briefly labeling us as an “unreliable” news source. Don’t forget to write us at [email protected]—Ken McIntyre
Dear Daily Signal: I read Katrina Trinko’s commentary article on the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and its designation of The Daily Signal as an “unreliable news website” (“Betraying Its Own Bias, Journalism Group Smears Daily Signal as Fake News”). This was a surprise to me. So I did a bit of research, so to speak.
I had become aware of NewsGuard through the Legal Insurrection site. After installing the NewsGuard extension on my system, I used it to check on The Daily Signal.
NewsGuard states: “This website adheres to all nine of NewsGuard’s standards
of credibility and transparency.”
This is of little surprise to me. Keep up the good work. Your readers know that you’re definitely
not fake news.—Victor A. Slayman
article about Poynter Institute’s list of dubious news sources erroneously
indicates that no left-wing biased sources were included.
This is a lie. I
checked myself and saw that DailyKos, the PalmerReport, and at least one
pro-Democratic site beginning with “Blue” were all on the list.
Since you are so
concerned about the truth, I’m sure you will make an immediate correction.—Kevin Parker
note: Katrina Trinko did not say in her commentary that left-leaning media
organizations were not on Poynter’s list.
How would Poynter Institute describe MSNBC or CNN or The Washington Post or The New York Times? Those sites are biased with all sorts of false stories.
How many times did
Rachel Maddow or Chuck Todd or Chris Cuomo or Wolf Blitzer tell us that indictment
was right around the corner?—Timothy
The Daily Signal is
biased. In your defense, all media outlets in the United States are heavily
politically biased. With your bias, you are as good and at the same time as bad
as everybody else.
This is the real bad
news. We need a media outlet searching for the truth, not spreading what
officers and donors of The Heritage Foundation wish the true should be.—Henryk A. Kowalczyk, Chicago
Keep doing your good work. I appreciate your articles at The Daily Signal. Thank you.—Vicky Gibbs
That someone in the
Southern Poverty Law Center devised Poynter’s list of unreliable media isn’t a
surprise. Good for Poynter for withdrawing it, at least temporarily.
The problem, though, is
that once something goes out over the internet, it’s out there forever even if
it only appeared for a short period. It’s like one cannot unspeak harsh
Just another bunch of
The Poynter Institute
for Media Studies can describe itself however it wishes, but that doesn’t make
the self-description true.
Media Matters and MoveOn.org also describe themselves in glowing terms.
If Joseph Stalin had a website, he too could have described himself as a progressive “benefactor of the people.” Pol Pot and Caligula
could have done the same. So much for self-descriptions.
Let’s see if what the “right”
news organizations have been reporting has turned out to be more true than what
“left” news organizations have been reporting.
There are, and will be, sources
from which we can determine the accuracy and completeness of what news
organizations on the left and the right have been reporting.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s
report may be one source. The report of Justice Department Inspector General Michael
Horowitz will be issued soon. That will be another source. The report(s)
following investigations initiated by Attorney General William Barr will be
I already have seen what
the Mueller report came up with. Right now, the score is right news 1, left
news 0.—Drew Page
I wouldn’t worry about
it too much. Most of us from the beginning understood that the “fact
checkers” were generally unburdened with things like facts.—Dave Campbell
This tells me that the
media will say anything regardless of the facts. It also tells me that the left
will say anything regardless of the facts.
It tells me that both
the media and the left are feeling the pinch of being outed and they are very
uncomfortable with the truth that they are fake news.—David Andrews
I have not seen anything on The Daily Signal that was found to be false. You do present a lot of articles depicting conservatives in a positive light, but you are only telling the truth that certain other news outlets won’t dare tell.—Wayne Harmon
Sounds a whole lot like an IRS operation during the previous administration. Blank resources, no contact verification, don’t bother to check up on actions or ask those who use the “questionable” service.
Truly, The Heritage Foundation
is the only resource that I feel comfortable enough with that I can vent and
rave about something and not be banished to the tomb, or lambasted for an
opinion or thought.
As far as Poynter
Institute is concerned, I never even heard of them until this article. So maybe
they got a bit miffed about not being recognized and decided to make a mad
splash. Not a truly good way to do it.—Karin
Poynter did make that horrible mistake, but at least they apologized to every news site that is credible affected by the blacklist.
Poynter needs to do more research on real fake news sites like Gateway Pundit, Occupy Democrats, Daily Kos, and WND.—Artemio Ortega
As far as I am
concerned, the Poynter Institute can go … (to keep it civil, you supply the
appropriate ending). Perhaps now we can eliminate all of those leftist trolls
who routinely fill our websites with garbage, trying to show just how smart
they feel they are.
Know-nothings all. Either that or mark them as spam or something equally appropriate.
These leftist trolls are all smarm and no smart. Ignore them. The most powerful insult in existence to someone craving attention is to be ignored.—Randy Leyendecker, Kerrville, Texas
Terrorist’s Release Ignores Plain Facts
Dear Daily Signal: James Carafano’s “American Taliban” column completely misses the critical point that John Walker Lindh did not serve “his time,” but instead was released early based upon good behavior (“Lindh Shows How West Is Winning War on Terror”).
This “good behavior” release occurred
even though Lindh told media outlets as late as 2015 that he thought ISIS was
doing a “spectacular job” at a time when their horrific beheadings, mass rapes,
and executions were dominating the news.
The same report by the Los Angeles NBC
affiliate quotes Lindh as saying, “The Islamic State is clearly very sincere
and serious about fulfilling the long-neglected religious obligation of
establishing a caliphate through armed struggle, which is the only correct
So, Carafano is fundamentally wrong in that the question is not whether Lindh served his time, because he didn’t. He received early release, cutting his sentence by three years.
Instead, the question policy makers
should ask is how the system could have ignored the plain fact that a terrorist
who still embraces violent jihad could have received early release simply
because he didn’t cause trouble in prison.
The goal of early release is to identify prisoners who can effectively reincorporate into society and get them out as early as legally allowed to live as societal contributors. This case fails miserably.
Releasing a proud terrorist into Northern Virginia before he has served his time in prison is just asking for trouble three years earlier than was necessary.—Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government, Fairfax, Va.
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