Founded in 2009, Before It’s News is a citizens journalism website where stories are provided by individuals without credentials. Stories can range from moderately credible to tin-foil hat conspiracies. According to their about page “As we were following the 2008 election, we noticed something very interesting — bloggers covered many of the breaking stories days before the alphabet soup news outlets (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, AP, MSNBC, FOX, etc.). Important facts were omitted or ignored by the mainstream media mainly because these facts inconveniently do not fit into the memes these outlets routinely promote. In other words, there is a strong bias amongst most corporate media outlets.”
Funded by / Ownership
Before It’s News does not reveal ownership on the website. Revenue is derived from advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, anyone can publish news on this website which has resulted in it becoming a haven for conspiracy theorists and pseudo-scientists. Although Before It’s News proclaims to vet articles for factual accuracy, it seems they actually choose to publish the opposite. For example, they promote anti-vaccination propaganda, chemtrails, false flags, anti-climate change info and the right wing Clinton Body count conspiracies. In general, Before It’s News is one of the most discredited sources on the internet that promotes pseudoscience and right wing conspiracy theories.
A factual search reveals they have failed numerous fact checks. For example this: No, George Soros was not arrested in Switzerland in February 2019. They are also on Politifact’s fake news list.
Overall, we rate Before It’s News Questionable based on the promotion of pseudoscience and right wing conspiracy theories as well as poor sourcing, a lack of transparency and publication of fake news. (7/20/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/27/2019)
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