Daily Source Bias Check: Oath Keepers

Low Factual Reporting - Fake News - Not Credible

Oath Keepers - Right Bias - Fake News - Questionable - Conservative - Republican - Conspiracy - Hate Group


A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.

  • Overall, we rate Oath Keepers a questionable source based on extreme right bias, promotion of conspiracy theories and others labeling them a hate group.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180


Founded in 2009, Oath Keepers is a far-right, anti-government American organization associated with the patriot and militia movements. The group describes itself as a non-partisan association of current and former military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath that all military and police take in order to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” The founder and current leader of the group is Stewart Rhodes. Rhodes is a Yale Law School graduate, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, and a former staffer for Republican Congressman Ron Paul.

Funded by / Ownership

The website does not disclose ownership and revenue is derived through donations and the sale of branded merchandise.

Analysis / Bias

Oath Keepers encourages members – some of whom are current and former U.S. military and law enforcement officers – not to obey orders which they believe would violate the United States Constitution. The website publishes news stories from other sources such as this from Bloomberg: Trump Enlists Trey Gowdy to Help With Impeachment Fight. However, most news consists of calls to action such as this: Call to Action: Security Volunteers Needed in Lexington, KY to Protect Trump Rally-Goers and this Help us Prevent the Leftist Assaults on Trump Rally-Goers in Dallas. Editorially, Oath Keepers support President Trump and the far right.

Several groups that monitor domestic terrorism and hate groups describe the Oath Keepers as extremist or radical. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) describes the group as “heavily armed extremists with a conspiratorial and anti-government mindset looking for potential showdowns with the government.” The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists the group’s founder as a known extremist and describes his announced plans to create localized militia units as “frightening”. According to the SPLC, the group espouses a number of conspiracy and legal theories associated with the sovereign citizen movement and the white supremacist posse comitatus movement. SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok describes the group as a whole as “really just an anti-government group who believe in a wild set of conspiracy theories.”

A factual search reveals a failed fact check.

“California State Assembly bill would ban the (sale of the) Bible!”Mostly False

Overall, we rate Oath Keepers a questionable source based on extreme right bias, promotion of conspiracy theories and others labeling them a hate group. (D. Van Zandt 10/15/2017) Updated (11/3/2019)

Source: https://www.oathkeepers.org

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