The once revered Poynter Foundation, which stood as a pillar of journalistic integrity has fallen hard, after they issued today a list of untrustworthy or “fake” news sites and included The Daily Signal, which writes straight and factual news of interest to conservatives. (Disclosure: I serve as their outside Media Law adviser).
The Daily Signal is not taking this lying down, and their editor-in-chief Katrina Trinko penned a brilliant Op/Ed in response:
“We’re sharing the story of a Border Patrol agent whose own dad came here illegally and yet still believes it’s important to keep the border secure. We’re reporting on abortion survivors, whose amazing tales belie the left’s lies that babies don’t need guaranteed medical treatment after they survive. We’re telling the incredible tale of a man who went from transgender to nonbinary to identifying as a man again—a story whose conclusion the mainstream media wouldn’t touch, despite covering his earlier transitions […] If you don’t like The Daily Signal because you don’t believe in free speech or you think conservatives should be silent or you just don’t want certain stories told or it makes you upset that we call unborn babies “babies” instead of “fetuses,” fine. It’s a free country. But to smear us as engaging in dishonest journalism is well … dishonest journalism.”
There’s a helluva difference in writing news of interest to conservatives and writing news with a “conservative slant.” The Daily Signal does the former, not the latter. I implore you to write to Neil Brown, president of the Poynter Foundation at undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedand ask him to fix this atrocious error.