Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information; therefore, fact-checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources. Bias Rating: RIGHT CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information; therefore, fact-checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources.
Bias Rating: RIGHT CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Founded in 2001 by Willis Carto, who is one of America’s most influential political, racial theorists known for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. The American Free Press describes itself as “maverick, independent grass-roots media” and proclaims a “populist and nationalist” political orientation.
Basically, this website and weekly newspaper promote race and white supremacy conspiracy theories.
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Funded by / Ownership
The American Free Press does not disclose ownership, but it is assumed Willis Carto is the owner. Revenue is derived from subscription fees for the weekly newspaper and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The American Free Press publishes news with extreme right-wing, nationalist, racist, and antisemitic views. Headlines often use loaded wording such as this: The Media’s Love Affair With Hate Crimes. This story does not provide a single hyperlinked source to validate their claims. The website also publishes 9/11 conspiracies such as this: San Diego 9/11 Truth Group Perseveres. They also frequently endorse Zionism and antisemitism such as this: Someone Tell Trump: It was Jews, Not Arabs, Dancing on 9-11. Finally, they also promote anti-vaccination pseudoscience such as this: What Ever Happened to the Vaccine-Autism Commission? In general, American Free Press is not credible on any level.
Media Bias Fact Check does not independently label a source as a hate group; instead, we link to others who have. Below are links highlighting the American Free Press’ connection to hate and antisemitism.
- About WILLIS CARTO
- GENERAL HATE
- ADL Troubled by Upcoming Gathering of White Supremacists and Anti-Semites Near Bucks County
- Joe Arpaio’s excuse for his interview with anti-Semitic outlet is bogus, and we have the receipts
- Hate Groups Are On The Rise In Md., Following Nationwide Trend, SPLC Says
- JVP CONDEMNS ANTI-SEMITIC, RACIST AMERICAN FREE PRESS WEBSITE
Overall, we rate American Free Press an extreme right-biased, tin foil hat level source based on the promotion of conspiracies, racism, antisemitism, and being labeled a hate group by numerous sources. (D. Van Zandt 8/18/2016) Updated (01/04/2021)
Last Updated on May 12, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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