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U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Poynter has included AmmoLand News in a now removed blacklist of right-wing websites they claimed were fake news.
Poynter is a school for journalism. It trains new journalist to be “objective” in the topics that they will be covering in the press.
On Tuesday, May 1st, 2019 the school published a list of 515 news websites that they deemed “unreliable” news sources. AmmoLand News wasn't alone on this list. Some of the other sites included in the list were Ben Shapiro's The Daily Caller, The Gateway Pundit, Breitbart, The Blaze, the Drudge Report, and even the Washington Examiner.
The list was put together by Barrett Golding who is a Podcast producer for the disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC has been under fire for their biased reporting and multiple cases of slander.
Gavin McInnes is currently suing the SPLC for defamation. The SPLC has labeled the group that McInnes started, the Proud Boys, a hate group. They tied McInnes to the group even though he is no longer a part of the Proud Boys.
Twitter and Facebook removed McInnes citing his connection to a “hate group.” Since McInnes, who co-founded Vice, primarily uses social media to host his shows it has damaged his brand and hampered his ability to make a living.
Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, has also sued the SPLC for false information. They incorrectly labeled the group that dedicates it’s time to fighting Islamic extremism as Islamophobic.
Muslims run the Quilliam Foundation. Nawaz was a Muslim extremist before seeing the errors of his ways in an Egyptian jail and vowed to fight against the extremism that he was a part of before his jail term. He has become one of the leading experts in extremism and has advised world leaders such as Tony Blair on combating this Islamic extremism.
The SPLC settled out of court for a $3.4 million payment and had to issue a public apology to Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation. Twitter has even removed the SPLC from its Trust and Safety Council.
My organization III% United Patriots of Virginia (3UPVA) has also been designated as an “extremist anti-government militia” by the SPLC. The organization is not a Militia or anti-government. Some of the 3UPVA members do not even own firearms, and at the time of the designation I worked for the US Government and held high-level security clearances.
When I contacted the SPLC about the designation and offered to sit down with them so show them what we do, the left-wing organization refused. When pressed on where the information on 3UPVA came from I was told it was from “the internet.” The SPLC declined to give me more information on their source for the false allegations, and they did not seem willing to review their designation. This accusation could have jeopardized my employment.
According to Poynter, they sourced their data from five different databases. AmmoLand News was marked unreliable because of the sites political slant. Absent from the list was MSNBC which has an admitted liberal bias. Poynter also did not include Mother Jones, The Nation, and other left-wing publication in their list.
After increased criticism on the list, Poynter, which is partially funded by George Soros' Open Society Foundations, removed the list from their website and replaced with a statement from Poynter's managing editor Barbara Allen.
In Allen's statement, she said that Poynter used pre-existing databases compiled by “journalists, fact-checkers, and researchers.” She said after receiving complaints, they audited the list. Their audit showed inconsistencies in the methodology. Although she did state, they feel that most of the sites on the list were unreliable.
Allen also stated that the list was supposed to be a “starting place for readers and journalists.” Poynter did not communicate that fact in the original post to the reader. An outside observer could infer that this is revisionist history.
As of now, the list is removed from Poynter.com but will live on in online archives to malign fair and open news sites. It is unclear if Poynter will introduce a new list that they vet more heavily.
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About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot-News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.