News rating

Teachers’ union partners with ratings service NewsGuard

The American Federation of Teachers wants its educators to play a bigger role in sorting fact from fiction in the news students see online.

The union said on Tuesday it was teaming up with NewsGuard, a digital tool that ranks news sources, to make its ratings widely available to AFT’s 1.7 million members and tens of millions of students. they serve.

Through a new licensing agreement with NewsGuard, teachers will have free access to its “traffic light” news rankings and “nutrition etiquette” reviews. AFT President Randi Weingarten said the effort is part of its work focused on college, high school and post-secondary students.

“This historic agreement will not only help us navigate increasingly foul waters – it will provide a valuable lesson in media literacy and a talking point for classroom teachers about what can and cannot be trusted. “said Ms. Weingarten. in a report.

While she hailed NewsGuard as a “beacon of clarity”, the conservative Media Research Center said it was untrustworthy.

MRC noted earlier this month, NewsGuard “has quickly gained a reputation for falsely attacking conservative sites while promoting biased left-wing sites as targets.”

MRC told NewsGuard rates liberal news outlets 27 points higher on a 100-point scale than right-wing news outlets.

NewsGuard has also partnered with the World Health Organization to focus on disinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines. On its website, NewsGuard’s list of COVID-19 misinformation “superspreaders” understand the Facebook page of late conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and others linked to Mr. Limbaugh’s website, including “Colorado for Donald Trump 2020” which was unaffiliated with the former president’s campaign.