Crowd-Sourcing the News – Start-Up “Credder” Turns Readers Into Reviewers

Aired 18 February 2020 – 5:00 PM EDT

Interview with Chase Palmieri, Co-Founder of Credder

“Love lives in our heart, beliefs lie in our head.” — Swami Beyondananda



At a time when disinformation, misinformation and missing information characterizes much of the news, and the trust in media is at an all-time low, might it be time to access the “wisdom of crowds”?

Our Wiki Politiki guest this week, Chase Palmieri, thinks so. He and his partner, Austin Walter, have founded a new platform, Credder, that they’ve branded “Rotten Tomatoes” for the news. Credder – rooted obviously in the word “credibility” — allows readers to review articles for veracity and bias, and then post these reviews on the Credder site. Writers are then rated on these criteria, and reviewers too are held accountable by THEIR ratings.

The site says:

We believe news should compete for credibility, not clicks. Together on Credder’s news review platform, we can hold media accountable and accelerate the news industry’s transition from clicks to credibility. Credder works by allowing journalists and the public to review articles, creating credibility ratings for every article, author, and outlet. We believe this is the only way, without censoring content, to establish a clear incentive for quality in online news.

Chase Palmieri is CEO and Cofounder of the news review site and is also CoHost of the nonpartisan media watchdog Project Censored’s national radio show and podcast. He has a degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Chico State University, and he and his father own Risibisi Restaurant in Petaluma, California- winner of 12 straight Michelin Guide awards. His focus is on growing Credder and bringing their “Rotten Tomatoes for news” service to readers everywhere.

Can Credder bring credibility to news? How do they plan to deal with “confirmation bias” in readers, and folks who simply won’t believe anything that they don’t already agree with? Will they help empower and fund a new breed of truly independent journalists who won’t need to work for corporate news sources? Will they help create a more discerning and intelligent readership?

If you’re curious, please tune in.

To find out more about Credder, please go here: