Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Truth in Media is a website owned and operated by Benjamin Swann who is an American television news anchor and journalist. He has worked in New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Georgia. While at Fox affiliate WXIX-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, he began producing a fact-checking series entitled “Reality Check”, which has garnered media attention for presenting conspiracy theories. According to their about page: “Truth In Media’s content echoes the honest, unabashed and groundbreaking reporting that millions of people have appreciated from Ben for many years. Our mission is to continue our role in upholding integrity and impartiality in the Fourth Estate with an exceptional lineup that shares an ambition to preserve candor in the media.”
Funded by / Ownership
Truth in Media is owned by Benjamin Swann. Revenue is derived through a store that sells merchandise as well as advertising
Analysis / Bias
In review, Truth in Media attempts to investigate stories that the mainstream media won’t cover. One of the reasons why the mainstream media won’t cover these topics is because they are not true or have been debunked. For example, Ben Swann has promoted the Pizzagate conspiracy theory as well as those related to the Sandy Hook Elementary Massacre. Swann has expressed skepticism of the scientific consensus that vaccines do not cause autism. Further, almost all of Truth in Media’s stories favor the right and discredit the left. Truth in Media/Ben Swann also has a poor track record with fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate Truth in Media a Questionable source based on overt right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracies, and a poor track record with fact-checkers. (7/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 5/23/2020)
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