MRC, Pro-Free Speech Allies Call on Congress to Block NewsGuard Funding in NDAA

November 22nd, 2023 1:58 PM

Members of the Free Speech Alliance and pro-free speech allies are calling on Congress to once and for all ensure that the Biden administration is prohibited from unconstitutionally funding Ministry of Truth operations like leftist internet traffic cop NewsGuard.

MRC and others signed the four-page letter addressed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), urging congressional leaders to keep Rep. Richard McCormick (R-GA)’s free speech amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment effectively bars the Department of Defense from contracting and funding infamous leftist tech entities like NewsGuard and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) which are intent on crushing right-leaning media entities. 

Signed by 36 pro-free speech advocates, the letter drew attention to disturbing revelations miring both NewsGuard (which received a $750,000 payout from the Department of Defense in 2021) and GDI which is also funded by government entities, including the Department of State. 

As shown by two MRC Free Speech America studies, NewsGuard’s ratings are heavily skewed in favor of leftist media and consistently target right-leaning outlets with scathingly low ratings. For example, NewsGuard has openly celebrated its collusion with the federal government and has even legitimized communist Chinese state propaganda outlets like The China Daily and the Global Times as being more credible than right-leaning, American-based publications like The Federalist, Newsmax and One America News. Similarly, NewsGuard has rated articles questioning COVID-19 policies while it received funding from Big Pharma, creating what The Washington Times described as a glaring conflict of interest. 

GDI has also faced its share of disturbing allegations. Reportedly, GDI has been accused of issuing blacklists of outlets such as the New York Post, The Daily Wire, Real Clear Politics and The Federalist.

Read the Free Speech Alliance’s full letter below:


November 22, 2023  


The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Senate Republican Leader

United States Senate 

Washington, DC 20510


The Honorable Mike Johnson

Speaker of the House

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515


Dear Leader McConnell and Speaker Johnson,


Our federal government never should have spent time and taxpayer money on censoring conservatives. Fortunately, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives contains a provision to right this wrong. We write to strongly urge you to keep Section 1532 of the House bill, which prohibits funding for the blacklisting of news sources based on their political views.


As Rep. Richard McCormick uncovered during hearings for the NDAA, organizations like NewsGuard and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) work to silence conservative media outlets that disagree with the liberal agenda


For example, the Media Research Center found that NewsGuard repeatedly scored liberal sites in the 90+ range while giving an absurd average rating of 66 to conservative sites. GDI is no better, with a history of blacklisting conservative outlets like the New York Post, The Daily Wire, Real Clear Politics, and The Federalist.


Despite NewsGuard's obvious bias the government continues to fund its efforts, bankrolling a payout of $750,000 from the Department of Defense. Similarly, GDI received significant State Department funding, at least until its unconstitutional actions were exposed by the Washington Examiner.


That which government is constitutionally prohibited from doing, it cannot contract with others to do. Please ensure that Section 1532 is preserved in the final version of the NDAA.


L. Brent Bozell III

Founder and President

Media Research Center


Gov. Scott Walker


Young America’s Foundation


Charles P. Herring


One America News Network


David Bozell


For America


Dan Schneider

Vice President of Free Speech America

Media Research Center


Ed Corrigan

CEO, Conservative

Partnership Institute


Penny Nance


Concerned Women for America


Morton Blackwell


Conservative Leadership PAC


Saulius “Saul” Anuzis


60 Plus Association


James L. Martin


60 Plus Association


Gavin Mario Wax


New York Young Republican Club


Christie-Lee McNally


Raven Strategies


Paul Gessing


Rio Grande Foundation


Lady Brigitte Gabriel

Founder and Chairman,

Act for America


James Taylor


Heartland Institute


Gene Mills


Louisiana Family Forum


Jim Lakely

Vice President,

Heartland Institute


Jon Schweppe

Policy Director,

American Principles Project


John Hinderaker


Center of the American Experiment


Phil Kerpen


American Commitment


C. Preston Noell III


Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Gary L. Bauer,


American Values


Floyd Brown


Western Journal


Ryan Bomberger

Chief Creative Officer,

The Radiance Foundation


Richard Manning


Americans for Limited Government


Kevin D Freeman


National Security Investment Consultant


Craig Shirley


Citizens for the Republic


Elaine Donnelly


Center for Military Readiness


Mat Staver

Founder and Chairman,

Liberty Counsel


John Pierce


National Constitutional Law Union


Patrick M. Brenner


Southwest Public Policy Institute


Rod D. Martin

Founder & CEO,

Martin Capital, Inc.


Kristen A. Ullman


Eagle Forum


Mark Fitzgibbons

President of Corporate Affairs,

American Target Advertising


Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (USA, Ret)

Member, 112th US Congress

Executive Director, American

Constitutional Rights Union


Hon. George K Rasley, Jr,

Managing Editor,


Deborah Weiss

Attorney and Author

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