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A good article on media companies and their use of disinformation

Posted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 5:45 am
by A440
The Guardian has a very informative article on AFF Media – a professional media firm which promotes political disinformation for the purpose of both profit and politics:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/04/revealed-trump-linked-consultant-facebook-pages-warning-election-cause-civil-war

glitch.news

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:53 am
by A440
Glitch.News is owned by Mike Adams, who owns numerous other fake and/or controversial right-wing conspiracy websites.

glitch.news
all Mike Adam’s stories favor the right and promote pseudoscience such as chemtrails, the Sandy Hook shooting being a false flag: Sandy Hook was theater! Actor who played law enforcement sniper was recorded walking around carrying rifle by the magazine. Further, they routinely publish anti-vaccination propaganda and conspiracy theories. Lastly, this source denies the consensus on climate change without evidence, as seen here: Climate change cultists are now taking over your local weather forecast.
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/glitch-news/

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idahopress.com

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:03 am
by A440
This site is a reputable source of news information, yet is rated very poorly on WOT for no disernable reason. I seriously wonder if someone has done a hit job on this site because of their past endorsement of Bush in 2000 and the newspaper is owned by Adams Publishing Group, which owns over one hundred papers across the USA. Stephen Adams is the owner and donates to Republicans though the paper is not very Republican in its coverage nowadays. This paper and site has failed no fact checks whatsoever.

idahopress.com
the Idaho Press-Tribune covers local news through journalists with minimal bias in wording such as this Man charged with two felonies in fatal hit-and-run crash. Local news is sourced through quotes, interviews, and accounts, while National and world news comes directly from the Associated Press
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/idaho-press-tribune/

Please feel free to rate them accordingly: https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/idahopress.com

washingtontimes.com

Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 5:18 am
by A440
This site has long been a source of politically biased disinformation and has direct links to a well-monied religious cult (Unification Church).

washingtontimes.com
although praised by conservative political leaders, has also been criticized for being the mouthpiece of the Unification Church. The Washington Times also has a strong pro- Christian bias, with a whole section dedicated to the Bible. They have also published articles that criticize left-leaning Christians such as this: “George Soros and his ‘rented evangelicals’ outed by Christian leaders.”. . . In examining several articles, we found that The Times either does not source information at all, or they simply link back to themselves (internal linking) to information that is not relevant to the article. This article is a good example of internal linking: “Mueller: FBI did not mislead Flynn into lying.” Internal linking is a technique used to increase page views and improve SEO, thereby increasing advertising revenue. There is nothing wrong with internal linking if the link relates to relevant information, but in the case of The Times, it does not.
When evaluating how The Times covers science, we found they published an analysis/opinion piece by L. Todd Wood that promotes a climate change conspiracy theory: “global warming and then the climate change narrative was cooked up by America’s adversaries to enable our enemies to eventually dominate us.” Further, according to IFCN fact checker Climate Feedback, The Washington Times published an article with very low scientific credibility.
Additionally, the Times has failed quite a few fact checks:
“5.7 million — that’s how many illegal immigrants might have voted” in 2008. – False
Tax payers paid $4 million for President Obama to play golf with Tiger Woods. Mostly False
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia, is “ripping out” a plaque dedicated to George Washington because it might offend people.Mostly False
In passing H.R. 1 in March 2019, House Democrats voted in favor of allowing non-citizens to vote.False
Then-Vice President Joe Biden publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for Osama bin Laden’s killing during a 3 May 2011 speech at the Atlantic Council Awards Dinner.False
Did the U.S. Department of Homeland Security say that they fear illegal border crossings may increase the spread of the novel coronavirus?False
Did Joe Biden say he attended college at HBCU Delaware State University?False
See: https://leadstories.com/hoax-alert/2020/10/fact-check-joe-biden-did-not-say-he-attended-college-at-hbcu-delaware-state-university.html
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/washington-times/

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tpusa.org

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:31 am
by A440
This organization site is a source of political disinformation, gossip and rumour.
Turning Point USA is an American conservative or right wing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded on June 5, 2012 by Wheeling, Illinois high school graduate Charlie Kirk.

tpusa.org
. . . the website does not publish news. It simply provides information about the organization and their policy stances, which are always right leaning. Although they do not publish news on their website, they do make political claims through social media and in the media. They also have a separate website that publishes right wing biased news that is generally well sourced and uses minimal loaded words, but story selection always favors the right.
As per their use of social media:
Facebook also banned a U.S. marketing firm named Rally Forge, which it said had worked with conservative activism organization Turning Point USA and a self-proclaimed environmental body called Inclusive Conservation Group.
Accounts controlled by Rally Forge attempted to influence public conversations around news events by flooding the comments section of news articles from prominent outlets, Facebook said.
The Washington Post has reported that Turning Point USA was responsible for a “spam-like” political messaging campaign, which pumped out 4,500 tweets containing identical content. At the time, Twitter suspended 20 accounts and Facebook said it would investigate the activity.
See: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN26T2XO
They have failed a number of fact checks too:
Says U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, “Employers cutting hours is a good thing. It then gives that person time to pursue their dreams and passions.”FALSE
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taken Way Out of ContextOUT OF CONTEXT
Did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Say it Was ‘Wrong’ for Billionaires to Exist?MOSTLY FALSE
Bogus Biden Quote Circulates AgainFALSE
DID THOMAS JEFFERSON SAY, ‘THAT GOVERNMENT IS BEST WHICH GOVERNS THE LEAST’?FALSE
Unverified Teddy Roosevelt ‘Quotation’ Lives OnFALSE
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/turning-point-usa/

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bongino.com, bonginoreport.com

Posted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:38 pm
by A440
This site belongs to the radio commentator Dan Bongino, who promotes political disinformation, gossip, innuendo and currently promotes violence as a means of attaining and keeping political control in America.

bongino.com and bonginoreport.com
In a video posted to Facebook on Sept. 14, Dan Bongino, a popular right-wing commentator and radio host, declared that Democrats were planning a coup against President Trump on Election Day.
For just over 11 minutes, Mr. Bongino talked about how bipartisan election experts who had met in June to plan for what might happen after people vote were actually holding exercises for such a coup. To support his baseless claim, he twisted the group’s words to fit his meaning. . .
See: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/13/technology/viral-misinformation-violence-election.html
See: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/bongino-com/

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and
https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/bonginoreport.com

thefederalist.com

Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:55 am
by A440
This site belongs to The Federalist, an English-language online magazine that covers politics, policy, culture, and religion. This site promotes conspiracy theory, medical disinformation regarding the COVID virus, political disinformation, gossip, rumour and innuendo.
This site is not a valid source of news information.

thefederalist.com
When it comes to reporting on scientific issues The Federalist often does not align with the consensus of experts in the field. For example, in this article (www.thefederalist.com/2019/10/11/you-dont-need-to-be-a-scientist-to-be-legitimately-skeptical-of-climate-alarmism/) the author claims that “I am a skeptic when it comes to climate change. . . Although the author freely admits he is not an expert and cannot generate an opinion on the scientific concept; he does not need to have an opinion because there is strong scientific consensus on the impact of human-influenced climate change.

The Federalist has also promoted pseudoscience claiming that there is a link between Abortions and Breast Cancer. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists there is “no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.”
See: www.mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-federalist/
and: www.healthfeedback.org/claimreview/mask-use-does-not-lead-to-a-higher-risk-of-covid-19-as-viral-social-media-posts-claim/

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