NewsGuard’s Contributing Analyst Jon Allsop — “The Politics Of Lies Will Get Found Out, But The Left Has To Be Ready To Profit”

This is the headline of an article written by NewsGuard’s own contributing analyst, Jon Allsop, following the humiliating loss of Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election: “The Politics Of Lies Will Get Found Out, But The Left Has To Be Ready To Profit.”

NewsGuard is presenting themselves as a group of “trained journalists who have spent our career dedicated to the profession,” allowing you to “see the credentials and backgrounds of everyone responsible,” “have an ethics of conflicts of interest policy,” being “totally transparent about how they make all of their decisions,” among other things they state as to why you should trust them. Google, as well as rigging search results, is all too happy to go along with NewsGuard’s claims now, even to the point of rating sites that come up in their search results with NewsGuard’s green or red shield icon.

However, for contributing analyst Jon Allsop, they don’t provide you with some of the things he’s written in the past. That’s what we’re here to do so that you get the full transparency you are promised.

According to NewsGuard’s about page for Jon Allsop, he is:

…a Contributing Analyst for NewsGuard and a freelance journalist. He most recently reported on the media for the Columbia Journalism Review (to which he still contributes on a freelance basis) in New York, and prior to that interned on the copy desk at BuzzFeed News. Originally from the UK, Jon graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in political science in 2015. He briefly worked on the “Remain” campaign in the country’s European Union membership referendum in 2016, before completing a master’s at Columbia Journalism School. While in graduate school, Allsop worked on a nationwide investigation into the U.S. lottery industry, publishing stories in the Hartford Courant, the New York Daily News, and PennlLive.com, and sharing in National Headliner and SPJ Connecticut awards. Allsop is currently traveling on a Pulitzer reporting and research grant.

According to his own blog, Allsop writes this about himself:

Jon Allsop was most recently a Delacorte Magazine Fellow at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York City, where he covered US and international politics and media. He previously worked as a Dow Jones Interactive Editing Intern at BuzzFeed News (also in New York), after graduating from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in May 2017. While completing his MS, Jon worked on a national lotteries investigation—earning bylines in The Hartford Courtant and The New York Daily News among other publications, and winning two awards—covered rezoning and real estate for The Bronx Ink, and completed a master’s thesis on how the musical Hamilton is revolutionizing US history teaching. He also freelanced in audio for the Pacifica Network, and was a lead writer and anchor for satirical web series the American Affair.

In 2015, Jon graduated with a first class degree in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was editor-in-chief of the Students’ Union’s official newspaper The Beaver. While editor, he oversaw a major redesign of both the paper and its website, and big stories on the LSESU Men’s Rugby leaflet scandal and the School’s foreign funding. In 2012, he founded the LSESU Politics and Forum Society, chairing its Great Britain working group, and acting as editor-in-chief of its inaugural journal.

 

In 2013, Jon spent a year at Sciences Po Paris’s Middle East and Mediterranean campus in Menton, France, where he studied the history of Palestine, the politics of Shia Islam, and wellbeing in Islamic jurisprudence. In 2014 he worked as a Public Affairs intern at the British Humanist Association, helping organize the 2014 World Humanist Congress. In 2016, he was field organizer for the official Britain Stronger in Europe campaign in his native Plymouth, England.

That sounds pretty impressive, doesn’t it?

But, consider what he wrote, concerning a comparison of Brexit with Donald Trump:

I don’t think it stretches journalistic integrity too far to say that Brexit and Donald Trump have perpetrated political cons of unprecedented shamelessness. Both have complex causes, both particularistic and structural, that have been compellingly detailed elsewhere. Both were also, however, built on bedrocks of lies.

Not one mention of the lies of Hillary Clinton, which would be hard to keep up with since virtually every time she opens her mouth that is what comes out.

Interestingly, Allsop does find comparisons to Trump and Nazis “somewhat over the top,” but warns “we should not estimate the spectre of fascism, or something that looks very much like it, that glides over the politics of the developed world…”

You mean like the censorship of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? You mean like the search rigging censorship of Google? Or do you mean the kind of tactics NewsGuard is engaging in with attempts to silence opposition all while labeling it “ethical” and trumpeting “transparency”?

Not one mention of the lies of Hillary Clinton, which would be hard to keep up with since virtually every time she opens her mouth that is what comes out.

Interestingly, Allsop does find comparisons to Trump and Nazis “somewhat over the top,” but warns “we should not estimate the spectre of fascism, or something that looks very much like it, that glides over the politics of the developed world…”

You mean like the censorship of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube?  You mean like the search rigging censorship of Google? Or do you mean that kind of tactics that Newsguard is engaging in with attempts to silence opposition and call it “ethical” and being all about “transparency”?

The question is, did Allsop have anything bad to say about Democrats in his piece?

Well, he did write of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn:

And, yet, the solution is not to lurch so far the other way as to voluntarily consign yourself to the electoral wilderness, as Jeremy Corbyn has done so shamelessly as leader of the Labour Party in the UK. Corbyn sputtered into life only briefly this year, after his insipid leadership was challenged following his disgraceful dithering during the referendum campaign. His tenure as leader has been little more than the revenge howl of a dying 1980s militancy, executed with the charisma of a milk bottle and none of the transparency.

In doing so, he said that Bernie Sanders “is better than Corbyn, but some of the same critiques apply.”

Given the energy and inventiveness of young leftists on both sides of the Atlantic, it is sad to see it straddled by old white men who haven’t had an original thought since 1979,” he wrote.  “Sanders’s claim that Clinton beat him to the Democratic nomination as “poor people don’t vote” masked a deep, earned respect for Hillary in Southern black communities far beyond Bernie’s cotton wool New England hinterland.

Do you detect a hint of racism in his comments?  “Old white men” and “Southern black communities.”  And he does so apparently, giving praise to none other than Hillary Clinton.  There is not a single mention of Clinton’s multiple, documented lies.

Allsop concluded his piece by writing:

The left in 2017 needs to renew itself and move past the unimaginative broken promises of the past, but do so in a way that retains credibility and mass appeal, that is outward-looking not introspective (Democrats whingeing about Russian election interference, take note), and that gets streetwise in fighting the dirty tactics of 2016’s lying right. I believe its opportunity will come sooner rather than later. If it’s not in a position to take it then the politics of lies will march forward still; inexorable and forever unpunished.

So, he does not encourage “the right” to do the right thing, does he?  No, it’s clear he seems more aligned with the Leftist ideology in America as he encourages them to forget their own broken promises, but “do so in a way that retains credibility and mass appeal.”  

How do you do that?  How do you break your promises and retain credibility and mass appeal?  Well, it appears you do so with a little help from your friends in the media, friends like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google and yes, NewsGuard.

Why does he say the left has to act this way and then compare it with “the politics of lies” “marching forward still; inexorable and forever unpunished”?

Could it be that he has no real concept of justice and is instead just helping to advance a political ideology?  I’m pretty sure that is what he is presenting, and he will carry that very bias right over into his analysis, just like any other analyst or reporter on the planet, including this writer.

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