Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, October 28, 2017

Google is taking its battle against misleading information to the real world. The company has partnered with the International Fact-Checking Network, a nonpartisan organization run by The Poynter Institute that advocates across the globe for accuracy in online articles. The IFCN holds an annual fact-checking conference, funds fellowships and provides training for would-be fake-news detectives, plus it's the author behind a widely accepted code of principles for media organizations.

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I wonder what's going to happen to The Onion?

#1 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-10-27 11:01 AM | Reply

"Drudge Retort Articles Down 95%"

??? Drudge ReTort or Drudge RePort?

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 11:17 AM | Reply

"The End Of Alt News Sites In Sight"

Censorship is a terrible thing no matter who is doing it.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 11:18 AM | Reply

"#3 - Judging by news article headlines alone on the retort I'd say we'd be a prime target fact checkers."

Compared to Drudge RePort? Riiight!!!! This site is insignificant in comparison and it doesn't originate the stories in the first place.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-27 11:44 AM | Reply

#6 Danni

Lighten up Danni. It's a joke. You can laugh. It's funny. haha! See? Laughing is good. Sheesh. I'd hate to be the nurse taking your blood pressure.

#7 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-10-27 11:47 AM | Reply

I wonder what's going to happen to The Onion?

#1 | POSTED BY GAVASTER AT 2017-10-27 11:01 AM | REPLY | FLAG

When a site intentionally lists itself as satire, I doubt it has anything to fear.

Now Fox News, InfoWars and Breitbart on the other hand....

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-27 02:02 PM | Reply

726, you make a good point. So called "news" outlets like InfoWars and Breitbart can't exist without the indulgence and even silent collusion of search engines such as Google. These rightwing sites are propaganda machines plain and simple.

Under the First Amendment they clearly have the right to exist. But let's have no illusions. They are harmful, untruthful and divisive. There is no reason why private corporate search engines have to cater to them.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-10-27 02:07 PM | Reply

I think Google has changed its algorithm to fight fake news and caught a wide swath of legitimate alternative news in the process. This site and many others have suffered huge drops in traffic since this spring. It's the worst traffic hit we've ever experienced and a significant challenge to keep this venture afloat.

If you have alternative news sites you like, you may need to start supporting them with Patreon, donations or similar means if you want them to stay around.

I've never looked for that kind of revenue, because quite frankly I didn't know if what the Retort offers is worth it. But it's a lot more likely to happen than it used to be.

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2017-10-28 09:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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Has google claimed they have done this?

How do you measure traffic? Hits?

What about posting count?

I didn't realize this was happening. It's bad for sites like this one and it shouldn't be because you don't peddle fake news.

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2017-10-28 09:34 AM | Reply

What do you mean, don't peddle fake news?
Peopel peddle whateve they want here, largely unchecked.
Nulli peddled the Russian version of Russians shooting down a civilian airliner.
How many stores have we had about Her Emails. Climategate. Obama's Birth Certificate.

This is a fake news site, I'm sorry.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-28 09:40 AM | Reply

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I don't engage in conversations about fake news so I'll admit my lack of knowledge but those subjects are not fake news. Certain stories about anything can be fake news.

And someone posting a story that is propaganda or fake or just -------- doesn't mean this site peddles fake news.

Junk science articles related to global warming is shut down immediately. I imagine other fake stories are deleted as well.

But I don't know really. I don't get into trouble for stuff like that.

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2017-10-28 09:48 AM | Reply

"I don't engage in conversations about fake news so I'll admit my lack of knowledge but those subjects are not fake news. "

Birtherism is fake news.

Thread over.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-28 03:25 PM | Reply

Fake news is not the problem. Ignorance and political tunnel vision is the problem.

Unless Google starts building schools, there is nothing they can do about it.

Example: thinking a million people killed in a war for oil is okay but benghazi is the worst thing ever to happen. Another: thinking weinstein is a monster but trump was just having a little fun.

#15 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-28 06:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Another; thinking that trickle down economics will work this time, when it's never worked, even once.

#16 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-28 06:29 PM | Reply

Google can't be trusted anymore, to even answer your question, because there is a paid advertiser that wants to be in front of your face.

#17 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-28 09:17 PM | Reply

Google can't be trusted anymore, to even answer your question, because there is a paid advertiser that wants to be in front of your face.

#17 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

And you think that's something new?

#18 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-10-29 12:33 AM | Reply

#18, hardly, but it has gotten much worse. I wanted to look up a specific electrician the other day and instead got hundreds of competitors. Youtube used to not have them, now they do. Internet advertising with sound is more intrusive than the TV, which was largely neutralized by the DVR for us sensitive souls.

Most Americans have no clue that other media environments are possible, such as all network TV for a $10/month tax, commercial free.

#19 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-29 07:57 AM | Reply

Google could stop 70% of the fake news by blocking Trump's twitter account.

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-30 10:44 AM | Reply

Terrible precedent that just keeps on getting worse. The media is already filtered to report what the outlets want to report, not what needs to be reported. Now we are going to have it filtered more based on what someone thinks is a fact. Sure, I assume most of the corrections they find are substantiated, but the Internet has proven thousands of times that there can be any number of facts that all contradict another, because even a dress can be seen as different colors depending on the person. That's not even getting into the control the organization would have to filter based on preference.

#21 | Posted by humtake at 2017-10-30 11:53 AM | Reply

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