WND, formerly WorldNetDaily, can best be explained by its mission statement: "WND is an independent news company dedicated to uncompromising journalism, seeking truth and justice and revitalizing the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty. We remain faithful to the traditional and central role of a free press in a free society – as a light exposing wrongdoing, corruption and abuse of power.
"We also seek to stimulate a free-and-open debate about the great moral and political ideas facing the world and to promote freedom and self-government by encouraging personal virtue and good character."
Founded in May 1997 by Joseph and Elizabeth Farah, WND has been a leading Internet news site in both traffic and influence for a quarter century. It has broken many barriers for other news websites that would come later, including being the first online news organization – after a protracted battle – to be awarded permanent congressional press credentials from the U.S. Senate Press Gallery.
WND's editorial policy reflects the old-fashioned notion that the principal role of the free press in a free society is to serve as a watchdog on those in power, whether in government or other major societal institutions – from cultural to corporate, and from educational to entertainment – boldly exposing corruption, deception, fraud and abuse wherever and whenever they are found. The pioneering news site also values highlighting and supporting individuals and institutions that demonstrate great virtue and goodness.
WND is dedicated to preserving America’s unique constitutional system of limited government, its economic system of free-market capitalism, and most of all, the core Judeo-Christian values that made America the most decent, successful, free, and benevolent nation in history.