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- Overall, we rate Bongino.com Questionable based on far-right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, and unproven conspiracies, as well as a complete lack of transparency and a few failed fact checks.
Questionable Reasoning: Right Bias, Conspiracy, Propaganda, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2015, Bongino.com is the website for the Dan Bongino podcast show. Dan Bongino is an American conservative commentator, radio show host, author, former congressional candidate, and former Secret Service agent. He is a member of the Republican Party and ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012, 2014, and 2016. The website does not feature an about page, mission statement, author name, or ownership, thereby demonstrating a complete lack of transparency.
The only indication of what this website is about is through the tagline: Debunking Liberal Lies.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not publicly disclose ownership, but Dan Bongino copyrights the website. Bongino.com generates revenue through advertising and the sale of branded merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Bongino.com publishes podcasts from Mr. Bongino’s shows and news articles that are supposedly written by staff. The focus of this review will be on their written news articles. News stories written by staff typically use moderately loaded emotional language that favors the right, like this: Clinton Email Scandal Not Over, New FBI Failure Uncovered. This story is appropriately sourced to The Hill and a memo by Senator Grassley. While story selection on this website always favors the right, they also have published misleading conspiracy stories such as claiming “this was an illegal coup attempt on the President of the United States.”
Further, podcasts often refer to the Spygate conspiracy, in which they opine that Obama and the FBI illegally spied on the Trump Campaign. This has never been collaborated to be illegal. Lastly, Bongino frequently reports negatively on Clinton’s. For example, they construct an unsubstantiated claim Bill Clinton flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s plane many times, which they assume was for illicit purposes. In another claim, they state that illegal immigrants cost taxpayers 100 billion dollars per year. This has been fact-checked by the right-leaning Check Your Fact, which rated it Unsubstantiated.
Bongino.com publishes poorly sourced, Right biased content, that often relies on unproven opinions.
Failed Fact Checks
- The Russia investigation “was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government.” – PANTS ON FIRE
- DOES ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION COST THE US MORE THAN $100 BILLION A YEAR? – UNSUBSTANTIATED
- Bernie Sanders flew on a private jet and served a lavish menu when traveling to Rome in April 2016. – MOSTLY FALSE
Overall, we rate Bongino.com Questionable based on far-right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, and unproven conspiracies, as well as a complete lack of transparency and a few failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 8/24/2019) Updated (3/15/2021)