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 Republican National Committee right biased and Questionable due to the promotion of propaganda and numerous failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Propaganda, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1856, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is a US political committee that leads the Republican Party of the United States. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. The current Chairperson is Ronna McDaniel.
Funded by / Ownership
The Republican National Committee is funded through donations. In 2016, they raised, $197,561,486 with top contributors being:
|KKR & Co||$991,507|
As of this date the top donors for 2020 are:
|Meridian Health Plan||$878,000|
Analysis / Bias
In review, the primary function of the RNC is to advocate, fund, and promote Republican candidates for all levels of office. The bias of the RNC is very clear, they favor the Republican party and their conservative platform.
The RNC website also publishes news from a conservative perspective that frequently uses loaded emotional language such as this Chairwoman McDaniel: Joe Biden Needs To Get His Facts Straight and this President Trump And His Task Force Are Providing Daily Hope for Americans. In general, the news is sometimes poorly sourced to questionable outlets such as Townhall, while others are very well sourced to credible media and government websites. However, statements made by the RNC has a poor track record with fact-checking.
Failed Fact Checks (this is 5 out of 20+ failed fact checks)
- “Barack Obama thinks terrorists just need a good talking to.” – Pants on Fire
- RNC version of a Hillary Clinton valentine: “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’ll raise your taxes and there is nothing you can do.” – Pants on Fire
- Says U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz “voted to cut off Florida’s veterans and their benefits.” – False
- “2008: Unions Spent $400 Million to Elect Obama.” – False
- Obama couldn’t have afforded his home without Rezko’s help. – False
Overall, we rate the Republican National Committee right biased and Questionable due to the promotion of propaganda and numerous failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 5/24/2017) Updated (4/12/2020)