Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

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freeworldnews.tv — An Alex Jones Fake News Site

Post by A440 » Sat Nov 06, 2021 12:36 pm

This site appears to be a part of the infowars.com and promote the same as what would be found on the Infowars website or other similar conspiracy websites that align with the right. Almost needless to say, having such a high rating of 80 is a sign that there is something inherently wrong with WOTs ratings system.

freeworldnews.tv
Freeworldnews.tv republishes videos with a short text description from various right-wing conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones, David Icke, The HighWire, National File, and Mike Adams from Natural News. As stated, almost all videos promote either conspiracy such as this: International Response to Trump Reveals Who Is In The Cabal or pseudoscience such as this: What 5G & Corona-Vax Have in Common.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/freeworldnews-tv/

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/freeworldnews.tv

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Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites – Collection #4

Post by A440 » Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:15 pm

This collection is a doozy in that it contains some of the most pernicious disseminators of conspiracy theories, political disinformation (lies) and skewed bias one could find.

tuckercarlson.com
This is the website for Tucker Carlson and is a source of political bias, disinformation with links to known sites that harbor disinformation, conspiracy theories and is not a reliable source of news whatsoever. This guy is just making a living from promoting disinformation, gossip, rumour, innuendo — all under the aegis of an allegedly legitimate news organization, see: You Literally Can't Believe The Facts Tucker Carlson Tells You. So Say Fox's Lawyers.
www.npr.org/2020/09/29/917747123/you-literally-cant-believe-the-facts-tucker-carlson-tells-you-so-say-fox-s-lawye
From the article above:
Now comes the claim that you can't expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson's mouth. And that assertion is not coming from Carlson's critics. It's being made by a federal judge in the Southern District of New York and by Fox News's own lawyers in defending Carlson against accusations of slander. It worked, by the way.
Carlson routinely fronts blatant lies which in turn have real consequences, even though his own lawyers argue that he can not be believed.
From another article "The Tucker Carlson Disinformation Show':
Tucker Carlson is in the headlines this week for lobbing serious misconduct claims at the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA, he said on his show, is spying on him in an attempt to force his show off the air. His accusation led to an unusual public response from the NSA, which said his allegations were “untrue” and that Carlson “has never been an intelligence target of the Agency and the NSA has never had any plans to try to take his program off the air.” Despite the lack of evidence – Carlson has only cited an anonymous government “whistleblower source” — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on the House Intelligence Committee to investigate his claims.
As the story continues to generate attention and stoke the public’s anger, it provides a textbook example of the disinformation techniques that fuel conspiracy theories – and illustrate what makes them so dangerous.
Carlson and his sponsor, Fox News, now are promoting his reinvention of the January 6th riot at the Capitol. Clearly this is a way to make money from gullible people who don't seem to know that "you can't expect to literally believe the words that come out of Carlson's mouth":
Tucker Carlson continues pushing a sympathetic view of the Jan. 6 insurrection on his highly watched, prime-time Fox News program, which he has again used to promote his new “Patriot Purge” miniseries on the Fox Nation streaming service.

On Tuesday night, former Army officer Emily Rainey appeared on Carlson’s Fox News cable show to support the host’s narrative.

“Psychological operations is supposed to be conducted against ‘foreign’ audiences — that’s the key word,” she said, suggesting the chaos of Jan. 6 may have been orchestrated by the U.S government to vilify people like herself. In Carlson’s special, Rainey, a key figure, alleges “It is my opinion that false flags have happened in this country.”
This Patriot Purge is a made-for-TV historical fantasy which has no basis in fact:
. . . Good people, honest people, true Americans, patriots, people just like you, are being cheated. Sinister forces inside the American government arranged all of this bad imagery in order to oppress you, to remove you, to eliminate you. Finally, it all makes sense.
This, in essence, is the plot and structure of Patriot Purge, a documentary produced by Tucker Carlson and Scooter Downey. The first of three parts is now airing on the streaming service Fox Nation. . . The point is to describe the events of January 6 as a false-flag operation cooked up inside the deepest layers of the American deep state—and thus to cast doubt on everything that will come out of Congress’s January 6 hearings, everything revealed by every Washington Post or network-television investigation, everything turned up by the FBI. For Fox viewers, this will come as an enormous relief. If all the disturbing facts can be ignored, then no lessons need be learned. Republicans in Congress and the Trump White House need never be blamed for their assault on the Constitution. The people who supported them need never question that support.
See: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/patriot-purge-tucker-carlson-documentary/620589/
www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-tucker-carlson-jan-6-capitol-20211103-463octwsgvao3ghfwzqw4jx4z4-story.html
www.justsecurity.org/77299/the-tucker-carlson-disinformation-show/
www.mediawell.ssrc.org/2021/11/08/liz-cheney-rips-tucker-carlson-fox-for-un-american-lies-about-jan-6-rolling-stone/

The lies and disinformation promoted by Carlson do come with a tangible price too:
. . . U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) plus Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson promoted Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic deworming drug for cattle, horses and pigs as an alternative to the COVID-19 vaccine. Result: Overdose poisoning of humans, not animals.
See: https://www.nwestiowa.com/opinion/corbin-disinformation-misinformation-harming-americans/article_31cf7f38-3e7f-11ec-9b57-033067812579.html

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/tuckercarlson.com

presscalifornia.com
This site is a source of political disinformation, pseudoscience, gossip, rumour and links to highly questionable sites (Mercola):
Press California is primarily a conservative news curation service that sometimes publishes original content. Articles and headlines feature loaded emotional wording that favors the right. . . all stories favor the right and denigrate the left, such as this Video: Unbelievable Stretch of Nonsensical Drunken Speech And Arm Waving From Nancy Pelosi. Press California frequently links to sources who promote anti-vaccination propaganda, such as this Dr. Robert Malone: ‘The Vaccinated Are Actually the Ones That Are Creating the Highest Risk for Everybody.’ The source for this story is the discredited pseudoscience quack Joseph Mercola and Dr. Robert Malone, who has advocated vaccine hesitancy. In general, they are extreme right-biased and completely lack credibility based on the poor sources they curate.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/press-california-bias/

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/presscalifornia.com

thepostmillennial.com
The Post Millennial is a conservative Canadian online news magazine started in 2017. It publishes national and local news and has a large amount of opinion content. It has been well documented for promoting conspiracy theories, releasing misinformation and articles written by fake personas for past employment of an editor with ties to white supremacist-platforming and pro-Kremlin media outlets, and for opaque funding and political connections.

This site has failed quite a few fact checks:
Rainbow poppies not mandatory for Remembrance Day at Manitoba school – False
“almost nobody showed up” to Kamala Harris’ campaign stop in Asheville, North Carolina, on October 21 – Mostly False
“FLASHBACK: Final debate moderator busted on hot mic coaching Clinton campaign director.” – Mostly False
Harris Hasn’t Called Biden a ‘Racist’ or a ‘Rapist’ – False
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-post-millennial/

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/thepostmillennial.com

fastrope.com
This site is a source of medical quackery, medical and radical right-wing political disinformation and conspiracy and has links to known quacks (Mercola, Del Bigtree, etc.) Just a quick look at this site reveals just how deep it in conspiracy and quackery. Samples include:
"The Demonization of Core Americans"
which touts such fantasy as "Democrats’ march to a permanent one-party state" or claiming Democrats are "inviting in foreigners to vote for your party" (foreigners can't vote in general elections), a casual mention of "Tucker Carlson" (big hint of how bad this site is) — the whole article is taken from the discredited takimag.com See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/takis-magazine/
This site also makes false claims regarding COVID vaccinations: The Vaccine Is Killing More People than Covid, which points to an article from a notorious source of conspiracy, racism and cranky old fart nonsense, Paul Craig Roberts via PaulCraigRoberts.org See: https://forum.mywot.com/reputation-discussions-f5/rumour-gossip-and-fake-news-sites-t71902-s230.html#p278724
Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/fastrope.com

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Re: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites – Collection #4b

Post by A440 » Sat Nov 13, 2021 2:18 pm

This is a P.S. — there are so many disinformation sites!

ugetube.com
This is yet another youtube clone which is home to all manner or medical quackery and political disinformation, conspiracy, hate and discrimination — all sponsored under the guise of being "free speech". This site also includes content from Alex Jones and his Inforwar network as well as Dr. Robert Malone — an infamous anti-vax doctor who has promoted false claims related to COVID vaccines, as well as any number of videos about underground aliens who are behind the COVID vaccine and a variety of Ponzi organizations, all promoting their scams.

UGNtube was started by UtahGunExchange.com — a second amendment rights organization:
Back in March (2018), the world’s largest video site, a division of Alphabet’s Google, said it would ban any content that promotes the sale of guns and gun accessories, or modifications to make them deadlier. It also banned videos about how to make firearms. For guntubers already peeved with YouTube over an April 2017 policy change that restricted and thus demonetized many of their videos, the move was too much. Some simply migrated their videos to more welcoming platforms like PornHub, Patreon, Twitch, or Full30. Others built platforms of their own.

The Utah Gun Exchange, whose 4-year-old YouTube channel has about 2,300 subscribers, launched its gun-friendly video site UGETube in early April with ambitions to attract firearms enthusiasts fleeing YouTube.
See: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/leticiamiranda/youtubes-crackdown-on-firearms-has-guntubers-launching

Again, this is another highly questionable site which is rated high 80. "80" seems to be the WOT equivalent of "good enough".

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/ugetube.com

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Addendum #1: Infowars.com

Post by A440 » Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:24 am

Alex Jones, owner of the infamous infowars.com, has been found guilty in four separate trials for defamation, meaning that he willingly spread harmful lies about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Jones has for promoted, the idea, for years, that the mass shooting was a hoax, which is clearly false.
See: https://www.dw.com/en/conspiracy-theorist-alex-jones-found-guilty-in-sandy-hook-defamation-cases/a-59828736
. . . For years, Jones cajoled his listeners on his popular conspiracy theory show into a campaign of targeted harassment against the families of the children killed there.
Additionally, Alex Jones has debuted a new COVID-19 conspiracy theory that claims global powers planned and executed the worldwide pandemic with the ultimate goal of releasing a vaccine that gives much of the earth’s population severe brain damage. Videos promoting this conspiracy theory have racked up more than 5 million views since April 3 at Infowars’ streaming platform Banned.video
See: https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/alex-jones-launches-plandemic-style-conspiracy-theory-discourage-covid-19

https://www.adl.org/resources/backgrounders/alex-jones-five-things-to-know


Despite the history of false claims for profit made by Jones through his sites, the abnormally high ratings for this well know disseminator of lies and disinformation is one of the too many reasons I suspect WOT has been compromised (78 for infowars.com). Prisonplanet.com actually has a rating of 86, which is an abomination in itself.

I invite WOT members to Jones' sites accordingly:

infowars.com
Banned.video
newswars.com
prisonplanet.com
79days.news
Freeworldnews.TV
2020ElectionCenter.com
jonesreport.com
libertyvideos.org


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thetruthaboutvaccines.com — More Fakery for Profit

Post by A440 » Sun Nov 21, 2021 6:42 am

This site promotes absolute nonsense which is easy enough to disprove and is an excellent example of "fake news", if not, just what an oxymoronic title looks like.

thetruthaboutvaccines.com
This site promotes groundless claims against established reputable sources of information such as Reuters News, Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates by using other false claims from evidencenotfear.com see: https://forum.mywot.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=71902&p=275111&hilit=evidencenotfear.com#p275111.
This site also promotes easily disproven gossip such as "CDC’s Walensky Threatens Cops Who Refuse COVID Shots, Says They’ll Be Sent to Reeducation Camps" or other obvious hit jobs such as "'Commie-fornia' Shuts Down Burger Joint For Refusing to Check Vaccine Cards"
All of these articles are generated by Ty & Charlene Bollinger, an infamous couple who have no medical training and has a history of disseminating misinformation about cancer treatments, anti-vaccine conspiracies, misinformation about COVID-19, promoting ineffective or unproven cures, and conspiracy theories on social media platforms. Naturally, these guys have a lot to say about the lies about "stolen elections" and have the merchandise to sell it too. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Bollinger

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/thetruthaboutvaccines.com

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Sputnik News Agency (Germany) — State Sponsored Disinformation

Post by A440 » Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:55 am

This site is the German-language equivalent of Sputnik is a Russian news agency and radio broadcaster that publishes online stories, radio shows, and videos. In 2013, via a presidential decree by Vladimir Putin.

snanews.de
Sputnik is understood to be the source of "fake news" or state sponsored disinformation and being a “Kremlin Propaganda Machine” by European and American media outlets.
Sputnik News Agency – Germany routinely publishes articles that promote conspiracy theories such as those about the murder of Seth Rich, which fact-checker Snopes has debunked. Sputnik also employs conspiracy theorists such as former Breitbart writer Lee Stranahan, who was hired as co-host of a radio show for Sputnik Radio, called “Fault Lines with Nixon and Stranahan”. Lee Stranahan also appears as a guest on Alex JonesInfowars program, which is famous for promoting outrageous right-wing conspiracies.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/sputnik-news-agency-germany/

This site and organization has failed numerous fact checks too:
Sputnik Falsely Blames India’s Sell-Off of US Securities on ‘Weaponization of the Dollar’ – FALSE
Sputnik Falsely Accuses UN of Supporting the White Helmet Disinfo Campaign Sputnik, Itself, Spreads – FALSE
Sputnik and Zvezda Falsely Claim Hitler’s Mein Kampf is more popular than Harry Potter in Latvia – FALSE
Is the US Evacuating IS Members from Syria? – FALSE
Sputnik: Nevada Declared’ State of Emergency’ Over Marijuana Shortage – FALSE
Though snanews.de sometimes uses links to reputable news organizations, they frequently source their own articles (self-referencial) with pull quotes.

To date, Facebook removed today hundreds of pages and accounts that have been linked to employees of Sputnik, the same mother news agency based in Moscow. See: www.zdnet.com/article/facebook-removes-propaganda-network-linked-to-russian-media-group-sputnik/

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/snanews.de

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Sputnik News Agency – France – C'est ne'pas bon

Post by A440 » Thu Nov 25, 2021 4:53 am

This site is the French-language (WTF!) equivalent of Sputnik is a Russian news agency and radio broadcaster that publishes online stories, radio shows, and videos. In 2013, via a presidential decree by Vladimir Putin.

fr.sputniknews.com
Sputnik is understood to be the source of "fake news" or state sponsored disinformation and being a “Kremlin Propaganda Machine” by European and American media outlets.
Sputnik News Agency – France routinely publishes articles that promote conspiracy theories such as those about the murder of Seth Rich, which fact-checker Snopes has debunked. Sputnik also employs conspiracy theorists such as former Breitbart writer Lee Stranahan, who was hired as co-host of a radio show for Sputnik Radio, called “Fault Lines with Nixon and Stranahan”. Lee Stranahan also appears as a guest on Alex JonesInfowars program, which is famous for promoting outrageous right-wing conspiracies.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/sputnik-news-agency-germany/

This site and organization has failed numerous fact checks too:
Sputnik Falsely Blames India’s Sell-Off of US Securities on ‘Weaponization of the Dollar’ – FALSE
Sputnik Falsely Accuses UN of Supporting the White Helmet Disinfo Campaign Sputnik, Itself, Spreads – FALSE
Sputnik and Zvezda Falsely Claim Hitler’s Mein Kampf is more popular than Harry Potter in Latvia – FALSE
Is the US Evacuating IS Members from Syria? – FALSE
Sputnik: Nevada Declared’ State of Emergency’ Over Marijuana Shortage – FALSE
Though snanews.de sometimes uses links to reputable news organizations, they frequently source their own articles (self-referencial) with pull quotes.

To date, Facebook removed today hundreds of pages and accounts that have been linked to employees of Sputnik, the same mother news agency based in Moscow. See: www.zdnet.com/article/facebook-removes-propaganda-network-linked-to-russian-media-group-sputnik/

N'hésitez pas à évaluer ce site en conséquence: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/fr.sputniknews.com

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Re: SputnikNews - a few more

Post by Myxt » Wed Dec 01, 2021 1:02 pm

Other subdomains propping up SputNikNews.com

List of domains/hosts


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Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites – Collection #5

Post by A440 » Thu Dec 02, 2021 3:04 am

Here are three prime examples of monetized disinformation sites which are still too highly rated on WOT.

Westernjournal.com
To begin with, Western Journal was one of the sites with the "highest amount of election-related disinformation" (2020 election disinformation) according to disinformationindex.org, which tracks disinformation by country. The Western Journal is in the top 140 sites (based on visitors to these sites).
See: https://disinformationindex.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/GDI_Election-2020-Primer_Digital.pdf

The Western Journal is a news and opinion website with a Editorial bias that always favors the right and is negative toward the left, regardless of factual content. The Western Journal, previously known as Western Journalism, is an American conservative news and political website based in Phoenix, Arizona. The site was founded by political consultant Floyd Brown in 2008. Western Journal was acquired by Liftable Media, Inc. in 2014, which also owns the political opinion website Conservative Tribune. Funding appears to be derived primarily from online advertising.

Liftable Media, Inc. has a sordid past in promoting deliberate falsehoods for profit, in fact this company has received COVID bail-out money while promoting false information on their sites about COVID and vaccinations :
. . . Another beneficiary of the federal government’s pandemic bailout program was Liftable Media, a relatively little-known, yet highly influential conservative media company run by Floyd Brown, a longtime Republican consultant behind Citizens United and the infamous “Willie Horton” TV ad, who took over for his son Patrick, Liftable’s founder, last year. The company received between $350,000 and $1 million from the federal government.

An in-depth investigation published by the New York Times last year described Liftable’s network of partisan-outrage-inducing fake news websites and related Facebook pages as a “potent online disinformation mill.” Liftable’s sites reportedly garnered nearly a billion page views in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, and were hit hard by Silicon Valley’s subsequent efforts to crack down on disinformation. The Liftable-owned website Western Journal has been blacklisted by Google, for what it deemed deceptive business practices, as well as by Apple News, for promoting “views overwhelmingly rejected by the scientific community.” And the incorporation of fact-check ratings into the Facebook algorithm has significantly reduced traffic to stories posted by Western Journal and other Liftable-owned sites like Conservative Tribune.

Still, Liftable’s sites have managed to retain a large Facebook audience as they’ve waded into the waters of coronavirus misinformation.

In late August, the Facebook pages of Western Journal and Conservative Tribune contributed to the spread of a rumor that falsely claimed that the CDC had quietly updated its COVID-19 data to reveal that just 6 percent — or less than 10,000 — of the coronavirus deaths recorded at that point had actually been caused by COVID-19. In reality, as of Aug. 31, the CDC reported that a total of 182,622 Americans had died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The rumor, which was circulated widely across social media by QAnon followers and President Trump, among many others, apparently stemmed from a warped reading of an Aug. 26 update to a report on the provisional COVID-19 death counts by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The report is updated weekly and is based on data from death certificates.
See: www.msn.com/en-us/money/smallbusiness/exclusive-pandemic-relief-aid-went-to-media-that-promoted-covid-misinformation/ar-BB1ctZVp

This site has failed quite a few fact checks:
Did the Boy Scouts Lose 425,000 Members Because of a Gender-Inclusive Name Change? – Unproven
“Media Hysteria: Climate Change ‘Heat Records’ Are a Huge Data Manipulation” – False
“Pelosi Sinks to New Low, Tells Dems: If You Have to Lie to Voters to Win, Do It,” – False
Is California considering legislation that would ban the Bible? – False
A Misleading Take on Immigrant, Veterans Health Care – False
With Only 9 Days To Go Before Election, Biden Calls Another Lid While Trump Is Securing Peace in the Middle East – False
Did six people in Pennsylvania die and then register and vote in the 2020 election? – No evidence
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/western-journalism/

Doctoroz.com
This site belongs to the notorious medical quack who spams anyone he can get his hands on –
Dr. Mehemet OzMehmet Cengiz Öz, better known as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, author, and television personality. He is a proponent of alternative medicine, and has been criticized by physicians, government officials, and publications for giving non-scientific advice and promoting pseudoscience. In 2014 the British Medical Journal examined over 400 medical or health recommendations from 40 episodes of his program and found that only 46% of his claims were supported by reputable research, while 15% of his claims contradicted medical research and the remainder of Oz’s advice were either vague or unsupported by research.
See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Oz#Viewpoints
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/doctoroz-com/


Dr. Oz also has frequently appeared on the Sean Hannity radio program (Far right-wing) promoting hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19. However, there is not sufficient evidence to prove its effectiveness or safety.

It turns out that this king of quackery is now going to run — under the aegis of the Republican Party — for public office in Pennsylvania:
Oz may have a medical degree, but he has a long history of hawking bullshit medical advice and making unfounded weight loss claims. He’s said raspberry ketones are “the No. 1 miracle in a bottle to burn your fat” (the Public Affairs Council says this is a “scam”). He’s said lavender soap can reduce leg cramps. He even once said in a now-deleted tweet that astrological signs “may reveal a great deal about our health.” (The list goes on.)
Oz has also, not surprisingly, has downplayed the risks posed by Covid, arguing to Sean Hannity in the heat of the pandemic last April that the nation needs to “get our mojo back” and that opening schools may be a good way to get things back on track. “Let’s start with things really critical to the nation,” he told the Fox News host. “Schools are a very appetizing opportunity. I just saw a nice piece in the Lancet arguing that the opening of schools may only cost us 2-3% in terms of total mortality. Any life is a life lost, but to get every child back into school where they’re safely being educated, being fed, and making the most out of their lives with a theoretical risk on the backside — it might be a trade-off some folks would consider.” Oz leaned on his medical credentials in claiming he’s qualified to handle the pandemic in an op-ed published Tuesday by The Washington Examiner. “During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions,” he wrote. “That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.”
See: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/dr-oz-running-senate-pennsylvania-1264908/

thetruedefender.com

This site is basically a hyper right-wing click-bait site:
The True Defender typically summarizes or republishes news stories from other sources. We found that some of these sources are credible such as Business Insider and The Hill; however, most are derived through poor sources who routinely fail fact checks such as Breitbart, The Epoch Times, and the Gateway Pundit.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-true-defender/
This site also promotes conspiracy theories such as that the Qanon movement was backed by the CIA “Qanon Is A Disinformation Campaign By The CIA” or that MASKS DON’T WORK AGAINST THE VIRUS! (COVID), which are false if not misleading (see: https://www.kxan.com/news/coronavirus/do-face-masks-work-here-are-49-scientific-studies-that-explain-why-they-do/).

This site has failed fact checks:
The controversial product Vanilla Coke has been discontinued because Coca-Cola fights white supremacy. – False
920 Women Lose Their Unborn Babies After Getting Vaccinated – False
Please feel free to rate these sites accordingly:
https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/westernjournal.com
https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/doctoroz.com
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