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.
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Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Anti-LGBTQ
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2016, Activist Mommy is the pseudonym of Elizabeth Johnston, a conservative vlogger and Christian activist. Johnston is from Ohio and has 10 children. She is married to a pediatrician named Patrick, who apparently, is also a pro-life author, and movie producer. Both claim to be pro-life ministry leaders for many years and home educate their 10 children. According to her about page “Elizabeth daily triggers the left by confronting the lies of abortion, feminism, Islam, and the homosexual agenda with wit and snark like only she can, and she regularly posts viral commentary videos which have netted over 70 million views.”
In August 2018, in an article by the Right leaning Christian Post: “Facebook Bans Activist Mommy Again for ‘Hate Speech,’ Claims It Was ‘Mistake“, they describe why she was banned from Facebook for hate speech.
Funded by / Ownership
The Activist Mommy is owned by Elizabeth Johnston and funded through donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Activist Mommy is the website of Vlogger Elizabeth Johnston, that presents information with an extreme right Christian bias in both story selection and wording. A sample headline reads: Radical Female Lutheran Pastor Plans on Melting Down Purity Rings to Make Vagina Statue. In general, Johnston promotes a far right Christian agenda that consists of numerous anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ (especially transgender), anti-Muslim and anti-Feminism articles. Activist Mommy also dabbles in pseudoscience with climate denialism: ‘The Magic School Bus Rides Again’ to Brainwash Kids With This Leftist Talking Point. This climate denial article sources Truth Revolt, which is on our Questionable list for extreme right wing bias and the publication of fake news and conspiracies. The Activist Mommy also supports President Trump.
The Activist Mommy has faced criticism from many who claim she promotes hate. The Southern Poverty Law Center frequently cites Johnston in their anti-LGBTQ Roundups, which spotlights people who say or do things that promote hate toward LGBTQ. The Activist Mommy has also been criticized for giving advice on how to get away with beating your children. Lastly, she has falsely claimed that LGBTQ ‘sneak into schools to rape the minds of our children’.
A factual search reveals a mostly false claim via Politifact.
Overall, we rate the Activist Mommy Questionable based on Extreme Right Christian Bias, the promotion of conspiracies/pseudoscience, publication of fake news and being identified as an anti-LBGTQ activist. (D. Van Zandt 8/29/2019)