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- Overall, we rate Big League Politics Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies as well as numerous failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Big League Politics is an Alt-Right news and opinion blog founded by Patrick Howley, a former writer for the far-right Daily Caller and Questionable Breitbart. According to their about page “Big League Politics is a fast-paced news site led by a team of top-level investigative reporters, filmmakers, and citizen journalists all over the country. We challenge powerful politicians in both the Republican and Democratic Parties. We are not conservative. We are not liberal. We are road warriors fighting the good fight for journalism.” They further state that “All stories on Big League Politics are factually accurate.”
Funded by / Ownership
In early 2018, Big League Politics was acquired by Mustard Seed Media, a company run by a political consultant who previously worked for Roy Moore’s campaign. Funding is not disclosed but appears to be through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In reviewing articles on the Big League Politics website it is clear that the sole mission is to promote the agenda of President Trump. Essentially, this could be classified as a propaganda media arm for the President. While there are nice examples of well-sourced journalism on this website there are also unproven conspiracy type stories. For example, in one article the author is making the claim that Justice John Roberts was hacked by Obama officials as evidence of a Deep State conspiracy. The source of this audio is from two discredited public figures. In other stories, there is the use of conspiracy theorists as sources of information. In this story, they are relying on Infowars’ Alex Jones and fellow conspiracy theorist Roger Stone for information and opinion. Overall, the blog is well written, but with a strong right-wing bias in story selection. Many stories are factual or at the very least rooted in fact, but there are many stories that are unproven with conclusions being drawn by the authors. These stories are propaganda at best and conspiracy theories at worst. Finally, during the 2020 elections, they have promoted false information. See failed fact checks below.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Texas medical professional: Migrants quarantined with UNKNOWN disease.” – FALSE
- A child’s skull was found near a sex trafficking site. – FALSE
- A veteran group patrolling in Tucson, Arizona, found a child trafficking site. – FALSE
- Fake News: Antifa NOT Planning Chemical Attack In Washington D.C. – FALSE
- David Hogg Changes Story, Wasn’t At School When Cruz Opened Fire – FALSE
- A migrant girl was found with “20 types of semen in her.” Also, three people were in quarantine for an “unknown” disease. – FALSE
- Virginia legislators are trying to make criticizing state leaders a criminal offense. – FALSE
- Detroit election worker trainings “reveal the mechanisms of the planned theft of the election” – FALSE
Overall, we rate Big League Politics Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies as well as numerous failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 8/2/2017) Updated (11/15/2020)