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Daily Source Bias Check: Guido Fawkes

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Guido Fawkes - Right BiasRIGHT BIAS

These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 40/180

History

Launched on 2004, Guido Fawkes (order-order.com) is a British right-wing, tabloid-style blog founded by Paul Staines. According to the Guardian Paul Staines is a “former member of the Committee for a Free Britain, a shadowy organisation funded by Sir James Goldsmith and Rupert Murdoch.” Harry Cole is listed as part of the editorial team together with Paul Staines. Cole is also contributing editor for The Spectator and writes a gossip column for GQ.

Funded by / Ownership

The founder of Guido Fawkes (order-order.com) Paul Staines also co-founded with Jag Singh a company called Message Space, which is a profitable digital advertising agency that hosts viral marketing campaigns and sells ads across a network of political blogs. According to a Guardian interview (2011) the combined Order-Order and Message Space turnover is about £150,000 a year and allows Staines to employ a full-time advertising sales team.

Analysis / Bias

According to a Guardian interviewPolitical blogger, aka Guido Fawkes describes himself as ‘anarcho-libertarian, or Thatcherite on drugs.’ The blog publishes scandals related to politicians with Guido stating its aim is to expose rumors and conspiracies of Westminster.

In review, Guido Fawkes (order-order.com) utilizes emotionally loaded language in its headlines such as “ANDREA JENKYNS: BREXIT LEGEND” and “DOG WHISTLE LABOUR MESSAGES SENT TO MUSLIM VOTERS.” These blog posts often display social media posts from Twitter or Facebook with Paul Staines writing short comments such as Theresa May’s policies “will mercilessly target our communities, our places of worship and all areas of our lives”. Worrying stuff…”

Essentially, Guido Fawkes is adding a few opinionated soundbites to their blog posts with the hope of increasing discussion to encourage clicking (Clickbait) or sharing on social media. Generally all stories favor the right with many having a nationalist tone and are poorly sourced. Further, this source down plays climate change by publishing articles that show Polar Bears are thriving and demonstrating that green energy is too costly.

Overall, we rate Guido Fawkes Right Biased due to word choices that favor the Right and Mixed for factual reporting based on poor sourcing. (M. Huitsing 6/13/2018)

Source: https://order-order.com

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