MRC, Allies Warn Governors About Biased NewsGuard’s Pact with Teachers Union

More than 40 conservative leaders and the Media Research Center warned governors of the biases of NewsGuard ratings company NewsGuard.

The joint letter, signed by MRC founder and President Brent Bozell and dozens of other free speech advocates, sounded the alarm both on NewsGuard’s leftist bias and the ratings firm’s dangerous and growing influence in the educational arena. NewsGuard recently partnered with the American Federation of Teachers to bring its online “credibility” ratings and other resources to teachers and school children.

However, the MRC found NewsGuard biased towards leftist news outlets. NewsGuard also rated some Communist Chinese state-run media outlets more highly than many American outlets. The ratings firm also claims to help identify “misinformation,” but its biases show it isn’t objective.

Here is the complete letter addressed to governors of each state about NewsGuard.


“Dear Governor,


NewsGuard, a so-called online “credibility” arbiter, is threatening the quality and integrity of the education system in your state. Every state.

NewsGuard recently joined forces with AFT to ban teachers from expressing opinions they don’t agree with. NewsGuard and the AFT are working together to promote their agenda-driven rating system in classrooms all across the country. Why? It is to prevent students from engaging in open discussion of views and news from all political perspectives. 

NewsGuard asserts that it can objectively assess the accuracy and validity of news sites and sources. It does not do this. NewsGuard is, in fact, another leftist, biased organization that seeks to silence conservative voices. Specifically, in our study we  “found that outlets rated ‘left’ or ‘lean left’ by AllSidesAverage NewsGuard Score of 93/100. Sites considered ‘right’ or ‘lean right’ by AllSides had an average NewsGuard rating of 66/100.  

Our report outlines: “School children depend on the internet for homework help. NewsGuard is now stepping in to ‘Filter’ online sources for so-called ‘misinformation.’ The American Federation of TeachersNewsGuard licenses will be purchased by (AFT), union to support its 1.7million members teachers. According to an AFT press release. NewsGuard will be made free to students and their families through the partnership. The NewsGuard partnership will foist the company’s ‘real-time “traffic light” news ratings and detailed “Nutrition Label” reviews, via a licensed copy of NewsGuard’s browser extension’ on students using news stories for research.“

We call on you not to allow this ideologic assault against education and freedoms of expression. It is wrong to form a partnership between such ideologically driven organizations outside the state and educational institutions that are sponsored by the state. These partnerships create clear conflicts of interests with an honest and open educational system. 

If, according to NewsGuard, a website does not meet its biased criteria for accuracy, NewsGuard gives that website a worse rating — on a scale of 1-100. The purpose of NewsGuard’s rating system is clear … to silence voices with which it disagrees. Examples of NewsGuard’s bias include:

  • HuffPost, which published an attack piece on then-conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh following his death headlined “Rush Limbaugh, Bigoted King of Talk Radio, Dies at 70,” scored a “87.5” by NewsGuard.
  • The Federalist, posted in the “right” AllSides list, was scored the worst with a ridiculous “12.5” on NewsGuard. A predominant reason for the abysmal rating, according to NewsGuard, was that The Federalist questioned the efficacy of mask mandates for COVID-19, even though liberal CNBC (not on the AllSides list, but has a “95” NewsGuard rating) cited a study showing that cloth masks were only 37 percent effective at filtering out virus particles.
  • Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant, received a positive 75/100 ratings. It performed more than 9,000,000 abortions between July 2021 and July 2021.  Yet, NewsGuard gave pro-life LifeNews and Live Action websites negative red “credibility” ratings of 30/100. NewsGuard specifically downgraded Live Action because it allegedly exposed corruption in Planned Parenthood. LifeSiteNews received a rating of 17.5/100 from the rating company.

And now NewsGuard is bringing this leftist, censorship agenda to secondary and post-secondary schools throughout the country — through a partnership with a far-left teacher’s union.

This agenda needs to be stopped immediately. 

As education is a key priority of any state, we are urging you, as your state’s chief executive, to call out NewsGuard for its ideologically driven agenda. You are asked to make sure NewsGuard is not allowed to enter your school’s classrooms or schools.

We are calling upon organizations that represent millions of Americans across America, including your state to take an immediate and public stand against NewsGuard’s agenda-driven infiltration into your school classrooms. 

Your response is highly appreciated.




L. Brent Bozell III

President and founder

Media Research Center


Saulius “Saul” Anuzis


60 Plus Association


Ted Baehr, Th.D., HHD, J.D.


Christian Film and Television Commision


Gary L. Bauer


American Values


Ryan Bomberger

As Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder

Radiance Foundation


Dan Bongino

Dan Bongino Show


Merrilee Boack 


Utah Families Need Strengthening


Floyd Brown


The Western Journal


Mrs. Susan Carleson Currer

Chairperson and CEO

The Carleson Center for Welfare Reform


Senator Jim DeMint


Conservative Partnership Institute


William A. Donohue


Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights


Erick-Woods Erickson

Chief Editor

Red State


Steven Ertelt



Mark J. Fitzgibbons

Chief of Corporate Affairs

American Target Advertising, Inc. 


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder & Chairman

Act for America


Gualberto Garcia Jones



Paul J. Gessing 


Rio Grande Foundation


Kristi Hamrick

Spokesperson and chief media and policy strategist

Students for Life of America/Students for Life Action


Aaron Harison


Free Beacon


Kristan Hawkins


Students for Life Action/Students for Life of America


Heather R. Higgins


Independent Women’s Voice


Colleen Holcomb


Eagle Forum


Phil Kerpen


American Commitment


Amy Kremer


Women for America First


David Kupelian

Vice President and managing editor



Jim Lakely

Director of Communications and Vice President

The Heartland Institute


George Landrith


Frontiers of Freedom


Carrie Lukas


Independent Women’s Forum


Richard Manning


Americans for Limited Government


James L. Martin

Chairman and Founder

60 Plus Association


Rod D. Martin

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Martin Organization


Cleta Mitchell, Esq. 

Senior Legal Fellow

Conservative Partnership Institute


Phelim McAleer

Ann & Phelim Media


Michael P. McDonald

Communications Director

Catholic League


Ann McElhinney

Ann & Phelim Media


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Emmanuel Rincon


El American


Austin Ruse


Center for Family and Human Rights


Terry Schilling


American Principles Project


Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy & Government Affairs

American Principles Project


Craig Shirley

Chairperson and CEO

Shirley & McVicker Public Affairs


Sharon Slater


Family Watch International


Sean Spicer

Ex-White House Press Secretary


Mathew D. Staver, Esq., B.C.S.

Chairman and Founder

Liberty Council


Governor Scott Walker


Young America’s Foundation


Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (Retired U.S. Army),

Members, 112th U.S. Congress

Former chairman, Republican Party of Texas


Aaron Withe


Freedom Foundation”

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