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State Department faces lawsuit from conservative media over funding ‘censorship scheme’

December 6, 2023

A pair of conservative media outlets are accusing the State Department in a new lawsuit of funding an unconstitutional “censorship scheme” suppressing voices on the Right, according to a complaint.

The lawsuit, which counts Texas as a plaintiff, was filed Tuesday by the New Civil Liberties Alliance on behalf of the Daily Wire and the Federalist in the Lone Star State’s U.S. District Court for the Eastern District….

According to federal records, NewsGuard was also given nearly $750,000 in 2021 by the Pentagon to allow the agency to license its data. In March, Crovitz notably rejected to journalist Matt Taibbi that NewsGuard was “U.S. government funded,” emails show. Margot Cleveland, a writer for the Federalist who also is of counsel for the nonprofit group representing the outlet and the Daily Wire in the new lawsuit, reported in March on NewsGuard’s license agreement with the U.S. government….

Originally Published in Washington Examiner