Metric Media, LLC – A New and Expansive Scam Media Network Posing as Legitimate Newspapers

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Metric Media, LLC – A New and Expansive Scam Media Network Posing as Legitimate Newspapers

Post by A440 » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:20 pm

Certain political entities have worked to weaponize American newspaper media to the point where the trust and credibility of the press and the quality of American democracy is being seriously compromised. This creates a situation which can have negative international consequences as well.

This sort of situation is exactly what I have been labouring to document and highlight in another thread about "Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites". This operation and its affiliated sites is so large that I think this alone deserves a new thread. This is a scam operation, in my opinion, simply because unsuspecting Americans, who may think they are getting unbiased news that is not propaganda, are being deceived by a deceptive media operation.

I maintain that If such a large scale disinformation operation is allowed to flourish, it will completely erode any trust in news and seriously undermine the integrity of American democracy and the ability of legitimate news organizations to keep citizens informed.

Metric Media, LLC

This vast PR operation is:
"a fast-growing network of nearly 1,300 websites that aim to fill a void left by vanishing local newspapers across the country, yet the network, now in all 50 states, is built not on traditional journalism but on propaganda ordered up by dozens of conservative think tanks, political operatives, corporate executives and public-relations professionals, a NYTimes investigation found.

The sites appear as ordinary local-news outlets, with names like Des Moines Sun, Ann Arbor Times and Empire State Today. They employ simple layouts and articles about local politics, community happenings and sometimes national issues, much like any local newspaper but, behind the scenes, many of the stories are directed by political groups and corporate P.R. firms to promote a Republican candidate or a company, or to smear their rivals. . . (this) network has more than twice as many sites as the nation’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett.
These disinformation sites mimic traditional newspapers closely, however there are differences:
While Mr. Timpone’s sites generally do not post information that is outright false, the operation is rooted in deception, eschewing hallmarks of news reporting like fairness and transparency. Only a few dozen of the sites disclose funding from advocacy groups. Traditional news organizations do not accept payment for articles; the Federal Trade Commission requires that advertising that looks like articles be clearly labeled as ads.
This operation is basically a "pay-to-play" operation:
. . . emails showed a salesman for Mr. Timpone’s sites offering a potential client a $2,000 package that included running five articles and unlimited news releases. The salesman stressed that reporters would call the shots on some articles, while the client would have a say on others.
Ian Prior, a Republican operative, was behind the articles about Ms. Gideon, the Senate candidate in Maine, as well as articles promoting Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Roy Blunt of Missouri, according to the internal records. Mr. Prior previously worked for the Senate Leadership Fund, a political action committee that has spent $9.7 million against Ms. Gideon.
The main disinformation entity is Metric Media LLC, which is owned by conservative businessman Brian Timpone:
In 2012, Timpone’s company Journatic, an outlet known for its low-cost automated story generation (which became known as ‘pink slime journalism’), attracted national attention and outrage for faking bylines and quotes, and for plagiarism. Journatic rebranded as Locality Labs in 2013; Locality Labs is behind many of the publications we discovered that mimic the appearance and output of traditional news organizations. These sites do not bear much information about their political use or funding, but some of them have been funded by political candidates and lobbying campaigns.
This large pool of disinformation outlets (newspapers) are managed by "story watchers" who shape articles to suit their political and business needs:
The Times reviewed the history behind dozens of articles in the publishing tool, revealing more than 80 story watchers. Many have pitched stories with instructions on what reporters should write, whom they should talk to and what they should ask. Over 17 days in July, these clients ordered up around 200 articles, company records show.
Internal documents show how much influence the clients have. “The clients pay us to produce a certain amount of copy each day for their websites,” said one “tool kit” for new writers. “In some cases, the clients will provide their own copy.”
. . . and just one of those "story watchers" happens to be a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Illinois – Jeanne Ives:
Jeanne Ives, a Republican candidate for the U.S. House in Illinois, has had a direct financial relationship with the operation (Metric Media).
Ms. Ives has paid Mr. Timpone’s companies $55,000 over the past three years, according to state and federal records. During that time, the Illinois sites have published overwhelmingly positive coverage of her, including running some of her news releases verbatim.
In an interview, she said her payments were to create her website and monitor her Wikipedia page. One $14,342 payment included the note “Advertising-newspaper.” Ms. Ives initially could not explain why. She later called back to say Mr. Timpone had bought Facebook ads for her.
Asked if she was paying for positive coverage, she replied: “Oh, no, there’s none of that going on. I assure you. Oh, my gosh, no. Oh, no, not at all.” Ms. Ives is listed as a “story watcher.” She said she did not know why.
You get the idea.

See: www.cjr.org/tow_center_reports/hundreds-of-pink-slime-local-news-outlets-are-distributing-algorithmic-stories-conservative-talking-points.php

and:

www.nytimes.com/2020/10/18/technology/timpone-local-news-metric-media.html

Included below is a listing of disinformation outlets, run by Metric Media, LLC, which should be rated accordingly:

AuburnTimes.com
BaldwinTimes.com
DecaturTimes.com
ECAlabamaNews.com
GadsdenToday.com
HuntsvilleLeader.com
JeffersonReporter.com
MobileCourant.com
NEAlabamaNews.com
NWAlabamaNews.com
NorthBirminghamTimes.com
RiverRegionTimes.com
ShoalsToday.com
SouthAlabamaTimes.com
SouthBirminghamTimes.com
TuscaloosaLeader.com
WCAlabamaNews.com
WiregrassTimes.com
YellowhammerTimes.com
InteriorAlaskaNews.com
LastFrontierNews.com
MatSuTimes.com
NorthAlaskaNews.com
SCAlaskaNews.com
SEAlaskaNews.com
SWAlaskaNews.com
CoconinoNews.com
EastArizonaNews.com
GrandCanyonTimes.com
MohaveToday.com
NEValleyTimes.com
NWValleyTimes.com
NorthPimaNews.com
PHXReporter.com
PinalToday.com
SEArizonaNews.com
SEValleyTimes.com
SWArizonaNews.com
SWValleyTimes.com
SouthPimaNews.com
TucsonStandard.com
YavapaiNews.com
BentonTimes.com
EastLittleRockTimes.com
FayettevilleStandard.com
ForSmithTimes.com
HotSpringsTimes.com
JonesboroTimes.com
LoweDeltaNews.com
NCArkansasNews.com
NWArkansasNews.com
NaturalStateNews.com
NorthLittleRockTimes.com
PulaskiTimes.com
SWArkansasTimes.com
UpperDeltaNews.com
AntelopeValleyToday.com
CentralAlamedaNews.com
CentralOCTimes.com
ChicoTimes.com
CoachellaToday.com
EastAlamedaNews.com
EastContraCostaNews.com
EastSBVTimes.com
EastSFVToday.com
EastSanDiegoNews.com
EastSierraNews.com
EastVenturaNews.com
FresnoLeader.com
GoldCountryToday.com
GoldenStateToday.com
ImperialCANews.com
KernCountyTimes.com
KingsCountyTimes.com
LAHarborNews.com
LAXLeader.com
LakeTahoeSun.com
MarinLeader.com
MercedTimes.com
MontereyTimes.com
NECaliNews.com
NESacramentoNews.com
NWLATimes.com
NWRiversideNews.com
NorthCoastCANews.com
NorthInlandNews.com
NorthOCTimes.com
NorthSFVToday.com
NorthSGVNews.com
NorthSacramentoToday.com
OaklandRecord.com
PomonaValleyNews.com
ReddingToday.com
RedwoodEmpireNews.com
SELATimes.com
SFVToday.com
SGVStandard.com
SLOReporter.com
SWRiversideNews.com
SacramentoStandard.com
SanDiegoRecord.com
SanFranSun.com
SanJoaquinTimes.com
SanJoseStandard.com
SanMateoSun.com
SantaClaraToday.com
SantaCruzStandard.com
SolanoSun.com
SouthAlamedaNews.com
SouthBayLeader.com
SouthBaySDNews.com
SouthOCTimes.com
SouthSFBayNews.com
SouthSFVToday.com
SouthSGVNews.com
SouthSacramentoToday.com
StanislausNews.com
TulareTimes.com
VerdugosNews.com
VictorValleyTimes.com
WestContraCostaNews.com
WestElDoradoNews.com
WestLATimes.com
WestOCTimes.com
WestSBVTimes.com
WestSFVToday.com
WestSGVNews.com
WestVenturaNews.com
WineCountryTimes.com
YubaSutterTimes.com
AdamsCountyTimes.com
BoulderLeader.com
CentennialStateNews.com
CentralColoradoNews.com
DenverCityWire.com
WestArapahoeNews.com
GrandJunctionTimes.com
LarimerNews.com
NEColoradoNews.com
NorthJeffCoNews.com
SEColoradoNews.com
SEDenverNews.com
SWColoradoNews.com
SouthJeffCoNews.com
SpringsTimes.com
WestArapahoeNews.com
BridgeportTimes.com
ConstitutionStateNews.com
HartfordReporter.com
HousatonicValleyNews.com
LitchfieldHillsToday.com
NEConnNews.com
NWConnNews.com
NaugatuckTimes.com
SCConnNews.com
SEConnNews.com
SWConnNews.com
FirstStateTimes.com
KentCountyToday.com
NorthNewCastleNews.com
SouthNewCastleNews.com
SussexReview.com
BrevardSun.com
CentralBrowardNews.com
ClayCoTimes.com
DuvalTimes.com
EastHillsboroughNews.com
EastPanhandleNews.com
EastVolusiaNews.com
EmeraldCoastTimes.com
HernandoReporter.com
KeyWestReporter.com
LeeToday.com
ManateeReview.com
MiamiCourant.com
NCFloridaNews.com
NEFloridaNews.com
NaplesStandard.com
NatureCoastTimes.com
NorthBrowardNews.com
NorthLakeTimes.com
NorthMIANews.com
NorthOrlandoNews.com
NorthPalmBeachToday.com
NorthPanhandleNews.com
NorthPinellasNews.com
OcalaStandard.com
OkeechobeeTimes.com
OrlandoStandard.com
PalmCoastTimes.com
PanamaCityReporter.com
PascoReporter.com
PensacolaTimes.com
PinellasTimes.com
PolkTimes.com
SarasotaReview.com
SouthBrowardNews.com
SouthLakeToday.com
SouthMIANews.com
SouthOrlandoNews.com
SouthPalmBeachToday.com
SouthPinellasTimes.com
StPeteStandard.com
SumterTimes.com
SunshineSentinel.com
TallahasseeSun.com
TampaRepublic.com
TreasureCoastSun.com
WestFLNews.com
WestHillsboroughNews.com
WestVolusiaNews.com
ATLStandard.com
AlbanyStandard.com
AthensReporter.com
CentralGeorgiaNews.com
CoastalGANews.com
CobbReporter.com
DeKalbGANews.com
ECGeorgiaNews.com
GeorgiaMountainNews.com
MaconTimes.com
NCGeorgiaNews.com
NEAtlantaNews.com
NWAtlantaNews.com
NWGeorgiaNews.com
NorthFultonToday.com
NorthGwinnettNews.com
PeachTreeTimes.com
RomeReporter.com
SEAtlantaNews.com
SEGeorgiaNew.com
SWGeorgiaNews.com
SavannahStandard.com
SouthAtlantaNews.com
SouthFultonToday.com
SouthGeorgiaTimes.com
SouthGwinnettNews.com
WCGeorgiaNews.com
WarnerRobinsToday.com
WestAtlantaNews.com
AlohaStateNews.com
BigIslandTimes.com
HonoluluReporter.com
KauaiSun.com
MauiReporter.com
AdaReporter.com
BoiseCityWire.com
CDAReporter.com
CentralIdahoTimes.com
EastIdahoTimes.com
GemStateWire.com
MagicValleyTimes.com
NorthIdahoTimes.com
PocatelloTimes.com
TreasureValleyTimes.com
AndersonReporter.com
BloomingtonLeader.com
ColumbusStandard.com
ECIndianaNews.com
EastIndyNews.com
ElkhartTimes.com
FtWayneTimes.com
HoosierStateToday.com
IndyStandard.com
KentuckianaTimes.com
KokomoStandard.com
LafayetteTimes.com
MuncieReporter.com
NCIndianaNews.com
NEIndianaNews.com
NorthIndyNews.com
SEIndianaNews.com
SWIndianaNews.com
SouthBendTimes.com
SouthIndyNews.com
SouthernIndianaToday.com
TheRegionNews.com
VincennesToday.com
WCIndianaNews.com
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AmesToday.com
CedarRapidsToday.com
CentralIowaTimes.com
DesMoinesSun.com
DubuqueTimes.com
ECIowaNews.com
HawkeyeReporter.com
IowaCityToday.com
NEIowaNews.com
NWIowaNews.com
NorthDSMNews.com
NorthIowaReporter.com
RiverBendTimes.com
SEIowaNews.com
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SiouxCityTimes.com
SouthDSMNews.com
SouthIowaNews.com
WCIowaNews.com
WaterlooTimes.com
WestDSMNews.com
ECKansasNews.com
EastWichitaTimes.com
HutchToday.com
JocoToday.com
LawrenceReporter.com
LittleAppleTimes.com
NCKansasNews.com
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NorthWichitaNews.com
SCKansasNews.com
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SWKansasNews.com
SouthWichitaNews.com
SunflowerStateNews.com
TopekaSun.com
WichitaStandard.com
WyandotteTimes.com
BluegrassTimes.com
BowlingGreenToday.com
EastKentuckyTimes.com
EastLouisvilleNews.com
EastPennyroyalNews.com
ElizabethtownTimes.com
HopkinsvilleTimes.com
JacksonPurchaseNews.com
LouisvilleCityWire.com
MetroLexNews.com
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NEKentuckyNews.com
NWKentuckyNews.com
NorthBluegrassNews.com
NorthKentuckyNews.com
SEBluegrassNews.com
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SWBluegrassNews.com
WestPennyroyalNews.com
BatonRougeReporter.com
CentralLouisianaNews.com
FloridaParishNews.com
HoumaThibodauxNews.com
LafayetteReporter.com
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NWLouisianaNews.com
NolaReporter.com
NorthAcadianaNews.com
NorthShoreLANews.com
PelicanStateNews.com
RiverParishNews.com
SWLouisianaNews.com
ShreveportReporter.com
SouthLouisianaNews.com
WestbankLANews.com
AroostookNews.com
DownEastTimes.com
LewistonTimes.com
MaineHighlandsNews.com
MaineLakesNews.com
MidCoastToday.com
PineStateNews.com
PortlandMaineNews.com
RiverValleyToday.com
SouthMaineNews.com
AnneArundelToday.com
Baltimorecitywire.com
harfordnews.com
howardconews.com
MDstatewire.com
MontgomeryMDnews.com
NorthBaltimoreJournal.com
BayStateNews.com
BeanTownTimes.com
BristolReporter.com
CapeCodLedger.com
MerrimackValleyNews.com
MetroWestTimes.com
MidMassNews.com
NCMassNews.com
NorfolkReporter.com
NorthBostonNews.com
PlymouthReporter.com
SpringfieldRecord.com
WestMassNews.com
AnnArborTimes.com
BattleCreekTimes.com
MICapitolNews.com
DetroitCityWire.com
DownriverToday.com
EastMichiganNews.com
EasternWayneToday.com
GeneseeNews.com
GrandRapidsReporter.com
GreatLakesWire.com
HollandReporter.com
KalamazooTimes.com
lansingsun.com
LivingstonToday.com
MacombToday.com
MonroeReview.com
MuskegonSun.com
NWWayneNews.com
NorthKentNews.com
NorthMichiganNews.com
NoviTimes.com
PontiacTimes.com
SEGrandRapids.com
SEOaklandNews.com
ShelbyReview.com
ShiawasseeTimes.com
SouthKentNews.com
SouthMichiganNews.com
StClairToday.com
StJoeBentonHarbor.com
SturgisColdwaterNews.com
WarrenSun.com
ThumbReporter.com
TriCitySun.com
UPGazette.com
WaterfordToday.com
WCMichiganNews.com
WesternWayneToday.com
AnokaTimes.com
DakotaTimes.com
EastTwinCities.com
MinneapolisReview.com
MinnesotaStateWire.com
NCMinnesotaNews.com
NWMinnesotaNews.com
NWTwinCities.com
NorthHennepinNews.com
NorthRamseyNews.com
SCMinnesotaNews.com
SEMinnesotaNews.com
SETwinCities.com
SWMinnesotaToday.com
SouthHennepinNews.com
StCloudSun.com
StPaulReporter.com
WCMinnesotaNews.com
WestTwinCities.com
ECMissNews.com
GTRTimes.com
HindsToday.com
MagnoliaStateNews.com
MSGulfNews.com
NCMissNews.com
NEMissNews.com
NWMissNews.com
OxfordReporter.com
PineBeltTimes.com
SCMissNews.com
SWMissNews.com
WCMissNews.com
BransonTimes.com
CapeMONews.com
CentralMissouriNews.com
CentralSTLNews.com
clayreporter.com
ColumbiaMONews.com
JeffCityNews.com
JeffCoTimes.com
KCReporter.com
NEKansasCityNews.com
NEMissouriNews.com
NWMissouriTimes.com
NorthSTLNews.com
PlatteNews.com
SCMissouriNews.com
SEKansasCityNews.com
SEMissouriNews.com
STLWestNews.com
SWMissouriNews.com
ShowMeStateTimes.com
SouthKCNews.com
SouthSTLNews.com
SpringfieldStandard.com
StCharlesTimes.com
StLouisReporter.com
WCMissouriNews.com
WestSTLNews.com
BigSkyTimes.com
CentralMontanaTimes.com
GlacierCountryNews.com
NEMontanaNews.com
NWMontanaNews.com
SEMontanaNews.com
SWMontanaTimes.com
YellowstoneTimes.com
CornhuskerStateNews.com
ECNebraskaNews.com
NENebraskaNews.com
NEPanhandleNews.com
NorthOmahaTimes.com
OmahaRecord.com
SCNebraskaNews.com
SENebraskaNews.com
SandhillsToday.com
SouthOmahaTimes.com
EagleValleyTimes.com
LasVegasRecord.com
NWClarkNews.com
NorthNevadaNews.com
NorthVegasTimes.com
renoreporter.com
SEVegasNews.com
SWVegasNews.com
SilverStateTimes.com
WashoeNews.com
ConcordLedger.com
DartmouthTimes.com
GraniteStateTimes.com
HillsboroughSun.com
LakeRegionNews.com
NorthCountryReporter.com
RockinghamTimes.com
SWNewHampshireNews.com
StraffordNews.com
AtlanticCoTimes.com
BurlingtonReview.com
GardenStateTimes.com
GloucesterToday.com
HudsonToday.com
MercerTimes.com
MonmouthTimes.com
MorrisLeader.com
NEBergenNews.com
NWBergenNews.com
NWJerseyNews.com
NewarkReporter.com
NorthEssexNews.com
NorthMiddlesexTimes.com
OceanCountyLeader.com
PassaicNews.com
SomersetTimes.com
SouthBergenNews.com
SouthJerseySun.com
SouthMiddlesexTimes.com
UnionCountyReview.com
WestEssexNews.com
ABQTimes.com
EastNewMexicoNews.com
EnchantmentStateNews.com
NENewMexicoNews.com
NWNewMexicoNews.com
SWNewMexicoNews.com
SandovalNews.com
SantaFeStandard.com
SouthABQNews.com
WCNewMexicoNews.com
BuffaloLedger.com
CapitalDistrictTimes.com
EastHudValleyNews.com
EmpireStateToday.com
FingerLakesToday.com
MohawkValleyTimes.com
MonroeNYNews.com
NENewYorkToday.com
NYCGazette.com
NassauStandard.com
NiagaraLeader.com
NorthCountryLeader.com
OneidaTimes.com
RochesterReporter.com
RocklandReporter.com
SCNewYorkNews.com
SaratogaStandard.com
StatenIslandReporter.com
SuffolkReporter.com
SyracuseSun.com
WestHudValleyNews.com
WestNYNews.com
WestchesterReporter.com
AshevilleReporter.com
BurlingtonReporter.com
CabarrusToday.com
ChapelHillReview.com
DurhamReporter.com
ECNorthCarolinaNews.com
EastLakeNormanNews.com
EastWakeTimes.com
FayettevilleToday.com
FoothillsReview.com
GastoniaTimes.com
GreensboroReporter.com
GreenvilleReporter.com
HickorySun.com
HighCountryTimes.com
IBXNews.com
JohnstonReporter.com
NCNCNews.com
NEPiedmontNews.com
NantahalaNews.com
NorthCharlotteToday.com
NorthGuilfordNews.com
NorthIredellNews.com
NorthMecklenburgNews.com
NorthRaleighToday.com
NorthTriangleNews.com
NorthWakeNews.com
OldNorthNews.com
OnslowNews.com
OuterBanksTimes.com
PinehurstToday.com
RandolphCountyNews.com
RockyMountToday.com
RowanNews.com
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SouthCharlotteToday.com
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NCUnionNews.com
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YadkinValleyNews.com
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FargoStandard.com
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WesternNDNews.com
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BuckeyeReporter.com
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CantonReporter.com
CentralOhioToday.com
CincyReporter.com
ClermontTimes.com
ClevelandReporter.com
DaytonReporter.com
DelCoReview.com
ECOhioNews.com
EastClevelandNews.com
EastStarkNews.com
FairfieldReporter.com
FindlayTimes.com
GreeneCoTimes.com
LakeCountyTimes.com
LickingToday.com
LimaReporter.com
LorainTimes.com
MansfieldTimes.com
MarionMorrowTimes.com
MedinaToday.com
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NEOhioTimes.com
NWFranklinNews.com
NWOhioTimes.com
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NorthColumbusNews.com
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PortageTimes.com
SEOhioTimes.com
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ToledoReporter.com
TriCoNews.com
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LaneCoNews.com
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MidValleyReporter.com
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ButlerCoNews.com
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CoalRegionNews.com
CrawfordTimes.com
CumberlandValleyNews.com
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EastMontTimes.com
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HappyValleyTimes.com
KeystoneToday.com
LaurelHighlandsToday.com
LawrenceTimes.com
LebanonPANews.com
LehighTimes.com
LowerBucksToday.com
LuzerneTimes.com
LycomingNews.com
MonroeCoNews.com
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NCPATimes.com
NorthChesterToday.com
NorthDelcoNews.com
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NorthernTierNews.com
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NWPANews.com
PhillyLeader.com
PittReview.com
ScrantonReporter.com
ShenangoValleyNews.com
SCPANews.com
SouthChesterToday.com
SouthDelcoNews.com
SouthLancasterNews.com
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SWPANews.com
UpperBucksToday.com
WCPANews.com
WestMontTimes.com
WestmorelandReview.com
YorkCoNews.com
KentCountyTimes.com
OceanStateToday.com
ProvidenceReporter.com
SouthCoTimes.com
AikenTimes.com
BerkeleyLeader.com
CharlestonReporter.com
ColumbiaStandard.com
DorchesterToday.com
GreenvilleLeader.com
HiltonHeadReporter.com
LowerWestSCNews.com
MyrtleBeachLeader.com
NCSCTimes.com
PalmettoStateNews.com
PeeDeeNews.com
SCMidlandNews.com
SpartanburgReporter.com
UpperWestSCNews.com
UpstateSCNews.com
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HamiltonReporter.com
JohnsonCityTimes.com
KingsportReporter.com
KnoxTimes.com
MemphisStandard.com
MorristownTimes.com
NCTennNews.com
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NashvilleStandard.com
NorthKnoxNews.com
RutherfordTimes.com
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SmokyMountainToday.com
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Re: Metric Media, LLC – A New and Expansive Scam Media Network Posing as Legitimate Newspapers

Post by A440 » Sat Oct 24, 2020 5:05 pm

The media bias fact check report:
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/metric-media/
A small portion of news articles featured on Metric Media LLC websites is original content created by freelancers. These freelancers are not geographically located where the pseudo-paper is. Editorially, they often promote Republicans over Democrats such as this OPINION: Three Reasons Grand Rapids Should Vote to Re-Elect President Trump. Further, they have reported false information regarding the Coronavirus such as this State Report: Kent County COVID recovery rate 99.94% through June 30. This information is false.

On 10/20/2020, The New York Times wrote a lengthy piece describing their business practices as “Many of their stories are ordered up by conservative political groups and corporate P.R. firms.”

In general, the algorithmically written news is factual and displays little bias, however, original content often holds a right-leaning conservative bias and sometimes is not factual.

Failed Fact Checks

Says Biden supports a school choice ban that would impact 74,000 Wisconsin students.False

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Re: Metric Media, LLC – Another article

Post by A440 » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:49 am

Yet another article on this Shadow Network of Conservative Outlets for hire:

https://www.review-mag.com/article/missing-patterns-in-corporate-news-project-censoreds-top-10-underreported-stories-of-2020
6. Shadow Network of Conservative Outlets Emerges to Exploit Faith in Local News
. . . "We tapped into the RSS feeds of these 189 Metric Media sites" over a period of two weeks, Bengani wrote, "and found over 15,000 unique stories had been published (over 50,000 when aggregated across the sites), but only about a hundred titles had the bylines of human reporters." That's well below 1% with a byline — much less being local. "The rest cited automated services or press releases."

"Their architecture and strategy is useful to understand the way they co-opt the language, design, and structure of news organizations," Bengani explained. Automation can make them seem far more prolific than they really are, and can help build credibility.

"Potentially adding to the credibility of these sites is their Google search ranking: in the case of some of the websites set up in 2015-2016, we observed that once sites had gained ample authority, they appeared on the first page of Google Search results just below the official government and social media pages."

So the sites aim to fool people locally about the source of their "news," and Google helps fool the world.

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Re: Metric Media, LLC – site addtion

Post by A440 » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:52 am

Additional sites will be posted when available.

mountvernonnews.com

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Re: mountvernonnews

Post by NotBuyingIt » Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:09 pm

A440 wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:52 am
mountvernonnews.com
Some subscribers of the Mt. Vernon News feel that they were cheated after its take-over.
https://www.bbb.org/us/oh/mount-vernon/profile/newspaper/mt-vernon-news-0302-42000462/complaints

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Re: mountvernonnews

Post by A440 » Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:20 pm

NotBuyingIt wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:09 pm
A440 wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:52 am
mountvernonnews.com
Some subscribers of the Mt. Vernon News feel that they were cheated after its take-over.
https://www.bbb.org/us/oh/mount-vernon/profile/newspaper/mt-vernon-news-0302-42000462/complaints
Creating a fleet of manufactured news for profit cheats us all since honest sources of news will be called into question due to bad actors like Metric Media, LLC.

I wonder if this local Virginia fellow could fill suit against these fraudsters.

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segeorgianews.com – Hail Hydra!

Post by A440 » Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:30 am

Here is yet another head of the Metric Media, LLC monster.

segeorgianews.com
SE Georgia News is a conservative news and opinion website published by Metric Media LLC that is designed to look like a local news source. . . SE Georgia News is an imposter site, lacks transparency, and publishes false information. As a result, we rate them right-center, biased, and Questionable.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/se-georgia-news/

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/segeorgianews.com

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