Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracies, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2016 by Mike LaChance, American Lookout is a conservative news and opinion site. Mike LaChance has written for Legal Insurrection, the Daily Caller, Townhall, Gateway Pundit, Breitbart, and others. According to their about page, “We’re Americans writing for Americans about the news you won’t see anywhere else.”
Funded by / Ownership
The website lacks transparency as it does not openly disclose ownership, though it is assumed Mike LaChance is the owner. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, American Lookout does not produce original news reporting but instead provides a conservative opinion before quoting or linking to the full article from another source. Some of the sources they link to are the Mixed factual Daily Caller, the Questionable Breitbart, RedState, and Townhall. Wording denigrates Democrats such as this Democrats Panic As Suburban Vote Begins Slipping Away From Joe Biden. At the same time, other stories glorify Republican President Trump, such as this President Trump Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize AGAIN For Helping Broker Deal Between Kosovo And Serbia. Generally, all stories favor the right and mostly denigrate the left while consistently using very poor sources who frequently fail fact checks.
American Lookout frequently publishes conspiracies that favor the right and denigrate the left, such as this related to the Clinton body count conspiracy Media Ignored THREE SUSPICIOUS DEATHS Of Men Tied To Hillary – WILL TRUMP INVESTIGATE? They also promoted false election fraud conspiracies during the 2020 election, such as this Trump Supporters Descend On DC For ‘Stop The Steal’ Rally. In general, they hold an extreme right bias and frequently publish false or misleading claims.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Starting Jan. 1 California residents can’t take shower, do laundry, poop in toilet, and flush on the same day.” – False
- “RATINGS DISASTER: CNN Doesn’t Make Top 10 Of Most Watched Cable Networks In 2018.” – Mostly False
- Joe Biden has repeatedly claimed he was a student at Delaware State University – False
Overall, we rate American Lookout extreme right biased and Questionable due to the frequent use of poor sources that have failed fact checks, lack of transparency with ownership, one-sided reporting, and failed fact checks of their own. (D. Van Zandt 11/23/2016) Updated (02/11/2021)
Last Updated on February 11, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check