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 Action News 3 as a Questionable source based on the publication of fake news, a complete lack of transparency, and being an imposter website.
Questionable Reasoning: Fake News, Lack of Transparency, Imposter
Bias Rating: NOT RATED
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2017, Action News 3 is a fake news website that attempts to be a TV news website. According to their about page, they state “Your Action News 3 will keep you up to date on local and national news.” Action News 3 does not list any names associated with the website, nor do they disclaim that this is a satire site.
Funded by / Ownership
Action News 3 does not disclose ownership and funding is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Action News 3 publishes fake news stories with sensational headlines such as this: 425-POUND TEACHER SUSPENDED FOR SITTING ON STUDENT’S HEAD AND FARTING IN HIS MOUTH. Obviously, this story is not real and is not sourced. It also isn’t labeled as satire. Further, Snopes has placed this source on their fake news list, reporting that they “advance topical fake news items under the guise of a small local news affiliate.” This site does not hold any particular bias, they simply publish fake news.
Failed Fact Check
- Pretty much every story
Overall, we rate Action News 3 as a Questionable source based on the publication of fake news, a complete lack of transparency, and being an imposter website. (D. Van Zandt 5/2/2019) Updated (3/4/2021)
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