- ambiguous euphemistic language used chiefly in political propaganda.
Orwell’s 1984 makes an effective argument for the ability of an oppressive government to exercise control over its people. An insight lost in this message, however, is that other powerful institutions hold sway over public opinion just as well. One such institution is our news media.
Newsspeak’s mission is to effectuate a more honest, trustworthy, and informative news & media industry in order to ensure a well-informed public necessary to the health of a free society.
To do this, we first get to the facts on contentious issues where the potential for misinformation is great.
Second, we present diverse, opposing viewpoints to our readers (rather than present one as fact) so that you can decide what to think. We don’t try to present viewpoints as facts or skew the debate by omitting important perspectives we don’t want you to consider. Newsspeak believes in the marketplace of ideas.
And third, we provide bias & accuracy analysis of the industry to help readers separate misleading or inaccurate reporting from good information and well-reasoned opinions.
To help ensure the integrity of the project, we enlist contributors with diverse ideologies – to mitigate the risk of inadvertent biases in our own analysis and to approach issues from different angles.
Exposing Bias and Inaccuracy
Our content is focused on exposing news outlets for (1) propagating false information, (2) using accurate information in a misleading or incomplete light, and (3) representing a partisan or political agenda without owning up to that agenda.
Our aim is not to provide a Republican news outlet, or a Democrat news outlet. Our aim is to provide a news outlet for readers of varying ideologies and for non-partisan readers frustrated with being fed false information and hidden agendas, who just want good information and broad access to diverse views.
Newsspeak won’t shy away from providing well thought-out viewpoints and opinions, but those viewpoints and opinions will always be conspicuously labeled as such. And rather than pushing a single narrative, we will always ensure that we provide varying opinions on contentious matters of public interest (when we fall short, we want you to keep us in check – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
We believe that readers want to hear the best arguments for any side of an issue, and we believe that readers ought to decide for themselves, given that information, what to believe.
News Outlets Aren’t the Enemy, But Some of Their Practices Are
Newsspeak does not view itself as an enemy of mainstream media, and we believe such rallying cries intend to sow division and societal mistrust in important institutions. Our role is to challenge news outlets where they fall short of their social obligations and to ensure they are held accountable when they do, and we expect our readers to do the same with us.