This is one step removed from privatizing propaganda, no? Not explicitly, per se, but as implied through the already questionable relationship between Verizon and the government. Sure, we have news organizations that align with one of two parties, but I'm hard-pressed to come up with another corporate entity that censors entire topics harmful to public opinion of gov't.
And yes, the contention that 'net surveillance and neutrality in the United States are two of the most engaging topics in technology today is a very well-founded one. You've eliminated much of your relevancy by censoring these topics.
The issue is that Verizon's primary source of income doesn't hinge on their articles and journalism, so they're not as subjected to market forces. Regardless, unless their site design is fucking genius (it's not, I just checked... P.S. hamburger menu alert) or they hurl a bunch of $$$'s into marketing it, I don't really see them gaining traction. At least we can compile a list of tech journalists with little or no integrity.
Edit: Missing from SugarString.com: comment sections. Telling?