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- Overall, we rate the UK Column a strong right-wing biased conspiracy website that frequently promotes false or misleading information.
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 35/180
The UK Column is an alternative multimedia news website and associated British news pamphlet that was launched in January 2006. UK Column is headquartered in Plymouth in South West England. Mike Robinson is editor of the UK Column and Brian Gerrish is the Author/Editor/Owner of the UK Column Newspaper. Further, Brian Gerrish has appeared on US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones show.
Funded by / Ownership
The UK Column does not clearly disclose ownership, however, Brian Gerrish claims to be the owner. Revenue is derived through advertising, paid membership and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, UK Column uses loaded language both in their headlines and articles such as: ”Cameron and Obama’s Hired Thugs Now Butchering Their Way Through Syria.” This article, like many on the website, does not link to a single source. However, they sometimes utilize credible sources such as the NY Times, gov.uk and questionable sources such as the Daily Mail and conspiracy sites such as 21st Century Wire: “White Helmets.” When covering USA politics the UK Column favors Donald Trump and his policies. They also promote conspiracy theories such as the New World Order, False Flag Operations, and World War 3. While the UK Column does produce credible, well-sourced news, they also promote conspiracy theories.
During the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, they frequently published misinformation such as Lockdown Deaths, Not Covid Deaths. In this article, they state “COVID-19 has been circulating for at least a year and yet there was no notable increase in unseasonable mortality anywhere until Lockdown regimes were imposed between late February and late March 2020.” This statement is false as lockdowns have saved numerous lives. They have also promoted anti-mask propaganda with this statement “Masks are utterly useless. There is no evidence base for their effectiveness, whatsoever. Paper masks and fabric masks are simply virtue signalling. They’re not even worn effectively most of the time.” This also is not true. In general, the UK Column is not a credible source of information that routinely publishes right-wing conspiracy theories.
Failed Fact Checks
- They have not been directly been fact-checked, but have made false claims (see above examples)
Overall, we rate the UK Column a strong right-wing biased conspiracy website that frequently promotes false or misleading information. (M. Huitsing 11/27/2017) Updated (1/27/2021)