Updates to Ratings

This page notes updates to NewsGuard’s ratings and Nutrition Labels. Details of each change can also be found in an editor’s note on that site’s Nutrition Label.

Week of 3/8/19-3/15/19

  • 3/10/19: NewsPunch.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site does not clearly disclose ownership or clearly label advertising. The site’s performance on two of NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed. Its score decreased. Its overall rating is still red.
  • 3/11/19: CNBC.com: After further review, this Nutrition Label was updated to indicate that the site does not meet the standard for disclosing information about who is in charge. The site’s rating was updated to reflect that it fails to meet the corresponding criterion. The site’s score decreased. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 3/12/19: Goop.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to include recent public comments by the site’s founder. Its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change.
  • 3/14/19: NeonNettle.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to correct an error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page.
  • 3/14/19: DeseretNews.com: Upon further review, this Nutrition Label was updated to indicate that the site meets the standard for disclosing ownership. The site’s performance on the corresponding criterion changed to reflect this. The site’s score increased. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 3/14/19: HeraldMailMedia.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site’s ownership has changed. Its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 3/15/19: ABC7Chicago.com: Upon further review, this Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site does not clearly disclose ownership and financing or provide information about content creators. The site’s performance on the corresponding criteria changed. Its score decreased. Its overall rating is still green.

Week of 3/1/19-3/7/19

  • 3/6/19: WesternJournal.com: After an earlier version of this Nutrition Label was published, the site added biographical information about its writers to the site and a pseudonymous writer began publishing under his real name. Therefore, NewsGuard has determined that the site now meets the standard for disclosing information about content creators. Also, because the site has been publishing more corrections and added dedicated corrections pages, the site now passes NewsGuard’s criterion for regularly correcting errors. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still red. 
  • 3/5/19: NaturalNews.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site does not meet NewsGuard’s criterion for disclosing information about its ownership. The site’s score decreased. Its overall rating is still red. The Nutrition Label was updated to add additional information about this site. The Nutrition Label also was updated to include additional domains associated with this site.
  • 3/5/19: AmericasLastLineOfDefense.org: This Nutrition Label was updated to include additional domains associated with this website. The site’s rating is still red.
  • 3/1/19: Yahoo.com: Upon further review, this Nutrition Label was updated, and its performance on one of NewsGuard’s criteria changed, to reflect that Yahoo.com does not clearly disclose its ownership to users. The site’s overall rating is still green. It has been updated with new comment from Yahoo News’ editor in chief.

Week of 2/22/19-2/28/19

  • 2/27/19: HeraldSun.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/27/19: Tri-CityHerald.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/27/19: ABC13.com: During a periodic review, NewsGuard updated this Nutrition Label after determining the site did not meet its criterion for disclosing ownership and financing. The site’s score decreased. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/27/19: Ledger-Enquirer.com:  This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/26/19: DailyKos.com: After further review, NewsGuard has concluded Daily Kos does not meet its standard for regularly correcting errors and that it meets its standard for avoiding deceptive headlines. The Nutrition Label was updated, and the site’s performance on NewsGuard’s criteria changed. The Nutrition Label was also updated to reflect comments from a representative of the site. The site’s overall rating is still red.
  • 2/26/19; MAGAVoter.com: After a previous version of this Nutrition Label was published, the site added an About Us page, disclosing its conservative orientation. As a result, NewsGuard determined that the site now handles the difference between news and opinion responsibly. The site also began listing corrections on its About Us page, and therefore now meets the standard for publishing corrections. Also, upon further review, NewsGuard determined that the site does not gather and present news responsibly, that it frequently publishes deceptive headlines, and that it does not adequately label advertising. The site’s performance on NewsGuard’s criteria changed. Its overall rating is still red.
  • 2/26/19: Bonigo.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page. The site’s overall rating and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change.
  • 2/25/19: BellinghamHerald.com:  This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: IslandPacket.com:  This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: Bradenton.com:  This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: MercedSunstar.com:  This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: IdahoStatesman.com:  This Nutrition Label has been updated, and it’s score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: CentreDaily.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: FresnoBee.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The site also added clearer disclosure of its ownership. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising and discloses information about its ownership and financing. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: CharlotteObserver.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: ModBee.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: Star-Telegram.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: Kentucky.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: Kansas.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The site also added clearer disclosure of its ownership. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising and discloses information about its ownership and financing. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: McClatchyDC.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: BND.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: KansasCity.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/25/19: SacBee.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: MiamiHerald.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: Macon.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: HeraldOnline.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: MyrtleBeachOnline.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: SunHerald.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: SanLuisobispo.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: TheNewsTribune.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/22/19: NewsObserver.com: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its score and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after the website changed the way it labeled paid content hosted by content recommendation firm ZergNet. The rating has changed to reflect that the website clearly labels advertising. The site’s score improved. Its overall rating is still green.

Week of 2/15/19-2/21/19

  • 2/21/19: BoingBoing.net: After an earlier version of this Nutrition Label was published, the publication added information to its website about content creators and site leaders. It now meets NewsGuard’s standard for the related criteria. Also, after additional review, NewsGuard has determined that the site meets the standard for clearly labeling advertising. As a result of these changes, the site’s score increased and its overall rating changed from red to green. This update also incorporates comments from the site’s publisher.
  • 2/21/19: DeepSouthVoice.com: An earlier version of this Nutrition Label erroneously stated that the website discloses its owners and editorial leaders. The site’s performance on NewsGuard’s criteria for disclosing ownership and revealing who is in charge changed as a result. The site’s score decreased. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/21/19: GoodMorningAmerica.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site does not clearly identify its ownership. It also reflects a subsequent attempt to speak with an ABC representative about GoodMorningAmerica.com’s disclosure of information about its content creators and editors. The label had been previously updated to reflect that GoodMorningAmerica.com regularly issues corrections. The site’s overall rating is still green.
  • 2/19/19: EndTimesHeadlines.org: This Nutrition Label has been updated, and its rating changed from red to green, after the site’s founder removed some content that NewsGuard had cited as unreliable, implemented a corrections policy and published a correction. The label also includes comments from the site’s founder, and has changed to reflect that the site now gathers and presents information responsibly, issues corrections, and provides information about content creators, therefore meeting several of NewsGuard’s journalistic criteria that it previously had failed to meet.
  • 2/19/19: Algemeiner.com: This Nutrition Label was updated, and its score on one of NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed, after it changed its website to publicly disclose more than 400 of its donors. The website now meets NewsGuard’s standard for disclosing ownership and relevant financing. Its overall rating is still green .
  • 2/16/19: Patch.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to add additional information. The site’s overall rating is still green.
  • 2/15/19: TruePundit.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page. The site’s overall rating and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change.
  • 2/15/19: ABCNews.Go.com: After further review, this Nutrition Label has been updated to reflect that the site does not meet NewsGuard’s standards for clearly displaying ownership and for providing information about content creators. The site’s performance on two of NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed. The site’s score decreased. Its overall rating is still green.
  • 2/15/19: TheWashingtonStandard.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site added information about its ownership and to include comments from the site’s proprietor. As a result of the change, the site’s performance on one of NewsGuard’s nine journalistic criteria changed. The site’s score increased. Its overall rating is still red. The Nutrition Label was also updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label.
  • 2/15/19: VanityFair.com: After further review, this Nutrition Label has been updated to reflect thatthis website does not meet its standard for providing information about editorial leadership on the site. The site’s performance on one of NewsGuard’s nine criteria changed. The site’s score changed. Its overall rating is still green.

Week of 2/8/19-2/15/19

  • 2/15/19: Inverse.com: This Nutrition Label was updated after the website added information about its ownership and financing to its About page. NewsGuard has determined the site now meets its criterion for disclosing ownership and financing. The site’s score increased. Its overall rating is still green and did not change.
  • 2/14/19: Stream.org: The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page. The site’s overall rating and its performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change.
  • 2/14/19: ThisIsInsider.com: After an earlier version of this Nutrition Label was published, the site added disclosures about its ownership and site leaders. Also, upon further review, NewsGuard has determined that the site meets the standard for issuing corrections. The site’s score increased. Its overall rating is still green and did not change.
  • 2/14/19: ChristianHeadlines.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page. The site’s overall rating and its performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change.
  • 2/12/19: EndTimesHeadlines.com: After an earlier version of this Nutrition Label was published, the site’s founder removed some content that NewsGuard had cited as unreliable, implemented a corrections policy, and published a correction. The Nutrition Label also now includes comments from the founder, and has changed to reflect that the website now gathers and presents information responsibly, issues corrections, and provides information about content creators. As a result, the site’s overall rating changed from red to green.
  • 2/11/19: ConservativeFiringLine.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page. The site’s overall rating and performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change. A statement from the site’s proprietor also was added, along with NewsGuard’s response.
  • 2/11/19: AlJazeera.com: After an earlier version of this Nutrition Label was published, the website made changes to its About Us page, which disclosed the role of the Qatar government. NewsGuard therefore determined that the site now meets its criteria for disclosing information about ownership and financing, as well as about its leadership. Because the site now meets those criteria, its score increased and its overall rating changed from red to green.
  • 2/11/19: Reddit.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to include new information about the company’s financing.
  • 2/8/19: TheBlaze.com: After an earlier version of this Nutrition Label was published, the website added a masthead and improved its labeling of sponsored content. NewsGuard has therefore determined that the site now meets its standards for revealing who is in charge and for clearly labeling advertising. Also, after further review, NewsGuard has determined that the site regularly corrects errors, avoids deceptive headlines, and provides information about content creators. Because the site now meets those criteria, its score increased and its overall rating changed from red to green.

Week of 2/1/19-2/8/19

  • 2/8/19: TheNewCivilRightsMovement.com: NewsGuard has updated this Nutrition Label to correct an error in originally giving the website a red “X” for not identifying content providers. The contributing editors listed on the masthead on the About page are frequent content providers. The site’s overall rating is still green and did not change.
  • 2/8/19: NationalEnquirer.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to include information about recent news stories about this publication.
  • 2/6/19: CBSNews.com: The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page. The site’s overall rating and its performance on NewsGuard’s nine criteria did not change.
  • 2/6/19: LifeSiteNews.com: This Nutrition Label was updated, and its overall rating changed from green to red, after additional review of the website’s content describing medical research and risks of abortion. The Nutrition Label was changed to reflect NewsGuard’s determination that the site repeatedly publishes false content, fails to gather and present information responsibly, does not regularly correct errors, does not avoid deceptive headlines, and does not adequately disclose its financing. This Nutrition Label also was updated to include comments from the website’s founder.
  • 2/6/19: Aclu.org: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the website does not identify the organization’s major donors, which does not meet NewsGuard’s standard for disclosing ownership and relevant financing. The site now fails that criterion. The site’s overall rating is still green and did not change.
  • 2/5/19: FloridianPress.com: This Nutrition Label was updated to reflect that the site now provides information about its ownership, content creators, and editorial leadership. Also, the site added a dedicated opinion section and thus now meets the standard for handling the difference between news and opinion responsibly. As a result, the site’s overall rating changed from red to green. Finally, based on the content on the site at the time, an earlier version of this Nutrition Label stated that the site has a conservative perspective. Upon further review, NewsGuard has found that the site’s content is generally nonpartisan and balanced.
  • 2/1/19: RedState.com: After further review, NewsGuard has determined that the site meets the standard for publishing corrections and labeling advertising. Because the site now passes those criteria, the site’s score increased. The site’s overall rating is still red and did not change. The Nutrition Label was updated to correct a factual error. Details of the correction can be found on the Nutrition Label page.