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News is a uniquely valuable commodity.

Good news can provide information, opportunities, warnings, examples of how not to do it, factoids of interest to loved ones, and much else besides.

Many people however feel that sometimes the news is little more than the propaganda that many outfits would like us to believe.

Disinformation, misinformation, lies, damned lies and statistics, and dubious computer modelling results abound.

But don't despair, help is at hand! The BBC (no less - they know all about propaganda so are best placed to assist) has founded the Trusted News Initiative, fortuitously in July 2019, just in time to ensure that the Covid misinformation that might have swamped the media was appropriately dealt with.

Happily the BBC has been joined by many other global media outlets and TNI today is probably the largest Trusted News grouping on the planet.

Well, that's a load off my mind.