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Overall, we rate Bare Naked Islam a Questionable Source based on extreme right wing bias, lack of transparency, publication of fake news, poor sourcing and classification as an active hate group by others.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Hate Group, Fake News, Lack of Transparency, Poor Sourcing Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2008, Bare Naked Islam is a news and opinion blog that focuses on the dangers of Islam. According to their about page “This blog is designed to show you the dark side of Islam that the West does not want you to see. The Islam that Western media refuse to show you. The Islam that is slowly but surely changing the West. You may feel uncomfortable looking at this blog. You should. You will feel anger and disgust that our leaders do not understand Islam when it comes to the motives that drive our enemies to commit suicide for their ideology.”
The website does not list an editor, nor the names of authors or ownership. The website also features the tagline: “It isn’t Islamophobia when they really ARE trying to kill you.”
Bare Naked Islam does not disclose ownership, however the founder and presumed owner is Bonni Benstock-Intall (not confirmed). The website appears to be funded through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Bare Naked Islam is very clear in their purpose. They openly state that Islam is dangerous and they try to prove it through publishing news that paints Muslims negatively. The wording of headlines and articles are frequently negative against Islam, however they do not use overly strong emotional wording such as this: Did you know that Islamic jihadists have killed close to 150,000 people worldwide just since the year 2000? This information comes from the far right biased OAN. Essentially, Bare Naked Islam provides a short 1 sentence summary/opinion of a news story and then pastes or summarizes a snippet of a news story from a variety of sources. Some of the sources used come from our questionable list such as the Gateway Pundit and Daily Mail.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Bare Naked Islam is an active hate group based in California.
A factual search reveals numerous failed fact checks. Below is a few of many failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers.
On 5/4/2019, Bare Naked Islam wrote an article about Media Bias Fact Check, asking their readers to vote them credible in our bias opinion poll, which does not factor in the overall staff reviewed rating.
Overall, we rate Bare Naked Islam a Questionable Source based on extreme right wing bias, lack of transparency, publication of fake news, poor sourcing and classification as an active hate group by others. (10/29/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 5/04/2019)