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 The Washington Sentinel Questionable based on the use of poor sources, promotion of one-sided propaganda, a lack of transparency, and several failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Poor Sources, Propaganda, Complete Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in June 2019, The Washington Sentinel is a right-leaning blog/website that publishes news and opinion stories for a conservative audience. According to their about page, “The Washington Sentinel was initially formed by pooling the resources and staff from other” right-leaning and questionable news sources.
The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not disclose ownership and funding appears to be exclusively through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Washington Sentinel does not produce original content, but rather summarizes news stories and offers right biased opinions. An example is this article Schiff’s ‘Parody’ Conversation During DNI Hearing Prompts Motion to Censure. This story is sourced to the questionable Breitbart, which has failed numerous fact checks. Some other sources used are the factually Mixed Daily Caller as well as Fox News. In general, story selection on the Washington Sentinel always favors the right and denigrates the left, while sometimes using poor sources to validate their claims and the outright publishing of fake news.
Failed Fact Checks
- “A Muslim group in Minneapolis said that it intends to begin patrolling the streets with a dangerous, violent Sharia patrol force once the city eliminates its police department.” – False
- Donations to Black Lives Matter go straight to the Democratic Party – False
- “MSNBC actually said on air ‘I hope enough people die from coronavirus that it harms Trump’s re-election.’” – False
Overall, we rate The Washington Sentinel Questionable based on the use of poor sources, promotion of one-sided propaganda, a lack of transparency, and several failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 10/4/2019) Updated (6/30/2020)
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