Fair and Balanced -- Almost

Enter NewsTrust, an online rating service self-touted as "your guide to good journalism." The nonprofit Web site (www.newstrust.net) appraises the credibility of stories across the mainstream and alternative news continuum, from the New York Times to Captain's Quarters, a conservative blog. Founded by Fabrice Florin, a former Apple and Macromedia honcho who later launched Handtap and GoComics, NewsTrust assigns a rating of one to five stars to a story ... Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
3.7
by Fabrice Florin - Oct. 1, 2008

[Disclosure: I was interviewed for this article on NewsTrust, and therefore my review may be biased] This short news item about NewsTrust from SFWeekly's Martin Kuz provides a thoughtful, factual overview of the NewsTrust project. Though it only quotes a single source, the report provides useful context and helps identify some of the unique aspects of this project, as well as some of its challenges in reviewing the news from a neutral viewpoint.

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Dale Penn
4.1
by Dale Penn - Oct. 1, 2008

Perfect for the NewsTrust "press kit" on the website. I think this is an excellent example of a report that doesn't suffer from a lack of balance due to its one source. NewsTrust is a attempting to chart new territory - covering the information provided by its founder is appropriate at this stage, it seems to me. Cool.

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Mike LaBonte
3.7
by Mike LaBonte - Oct. 1, 2008

Seems like a fair representation of NewsTrust, although I'm not sure why the pilot phase is ignored. Single source.

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Beth Jones
3.3
by Beth Jones - Oct. 1, 2008

More of a one-source blurb than a full-blown story, but it serves its purpose of informing the reader about NewsTrust.

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Donald Carl Isenman
1.8
by Donald Carl Isenman - Oct. 1, 2008

The idea that the NYTimes and NPR are liberal when they are very establishment oriented--middle of the road at best--and that the Wall Street Journal, other than their totally bizarre editorial pages, is right wing journalism (their reportage is excellent in my view), is a false dichotomy. Why is it so difficult to stick to facts? Facts may be disputed but calling them liberal or right wing is done by those who don't have the capacity to cope with facts they do not wish to entertain.

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Bob McInnis
3.7
by Bob McInnis - Oct. 1, 2008

Martin Kuz does a good job of summarizing the difference between NewsTrust and American Idolesque popularity contests and Digg, Redditt etal.

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Joel Kulenkamp
4.6
by Joel Kulenkamp - Oct. 1, 2008

Very good critique of NewsTrust by an outside source; I particualry liked the author opines that they will "emerge as a site where fair and balanced means something more than From the Lips of Karl Rove".

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Rebecca Hale
3.7
by Rebecca Hale - Oct. 1, 2008

"Florin concedes NewsTrust's early returns show a leftward tilt. On average, the Times, NPR, and other so-called liberal media have received higher story ratings than the likes of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. " ...Personally, I don't think NewsTrust has been particularly soft on The Times (I assume the New York Times).

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Jami Dwyer
4.2
by Jami Dwyer - Oct. 1, 2008

Good summary of NewsTrust, balanced to a fault. Going out of one's way to include the ever-decreasing group of Republicans still claiming Saddam was best buds with Osama is not a good way to ensure fairness or accuracy. It seems like it's more of a way to ensure the perverted sense of "balance" that created Fox "News."

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