Questionable Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Pseudoscience, Poor Sourcing, Failed Fact Checks, Lack of Transparency
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 2021 by John Michael Chambers, American Media Periscope (AMP) is a Sarasota, Florida-based digital news platform that provides alternative analysis and commentary. It aims to counter mainstream media and is a partner in General Michael Flynn’s “Reawaken America Tour,” where Chambers has spoken with notable figures like Eric Trump.
Funded by / Ownership
Revenue is generated through advertising, affiliate partnerships, donations, subscriptions, and a merch store. John Michael Chambers appears to be the founder of American Media Periscope (AMP). However, there is no About page. The information in his bio does not explicitly state whether he is the sole owner or if there are other stakeholders involved. Hence, the public disclosure of AMP ownership is not available.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the “MAKING SENSE OF THE MADNESS” section on American Media Periscope features a series of episodes that discuss various topics, often challenging mainstream narratives. One such episode features Dr. Rima Laibow discussing the United Nations and “The Great Narrative: “Rima Laibow Destroys The Great Narrative | MSOM Ep. 818.“ Dr. Rima Laibow, a trustee of Natural Solutions Foundation, was involved in controversies over marketing a colloidal silver product as a COVID-19 treatment without FDA approval. The Foundation settled a federal lawsuit, and a permanent injunction was issued against them, preventing the marketing of the product without FDA oversight.
Further, in a Newsweek article, Dr. Rima Laibow and the Natural Solutions Foundation referred to the FDA as a “Deep State agency.” They were ordered by a federal court to stop selling a “nanosilver” COVID-19 treatment, claiming that agencies like the FDA target “health freedom advocates.” In summary, Dr. Rima Laibow is a controversial figure. While she engages in discussions that challenge mainstream viewpoints, her history of legal controversies related to health claims adds a dimension of scrutiny to her credibility.
Furthermore, Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and former Trump national security adviser, has a controversial history, including a guilty plea for lying to the FBI and a subsequent pardon. Described by The Atlantic as blending “deranged political ideas” with religious beliefs, Flynn is a key figure in the “ReAwaken America” events. American Media Periscope’s partnership with Flynn’s tour suggests a far-right ideological alignment for the media outlet. Finally, they have promoted QAnon-related conspiracies, such as claiming the military has installed Trump back as President.
In general, American Media Periscope is a far-right source that has promoted conspiracy theories and pseudoscience, as evidenced by the above and failed fact checks below.
Failed Fact Checks
- Florida, this past week, at night, Air Force One, secret service, Trump’s own bodyguards, an SUV that has the presidential seal on it […] President Trump is back. – False
- Models that predicted that COVID-19 would cause 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. were intentionally false; treatments that are 100% effective are being banned for false reasons. – Unsupported
Overall, we rate American Media Periscope (AMP) as Far-Right Biased and questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, propaganda, failed fact checks, poor sourcing, and a lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 08/25/2023)
Last Updated on August 25, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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