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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.
Reasoning: Right Bias, Conspiracy, Propaganda, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
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 names, 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 openly disclose ownership, however, the website is copyrighted to Dan Bongino. 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 as well as 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, such as 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 make an unsubstantiated claim that Bill Clinton flew on on Jeffrey Epstein’s plane numerous times, which they assume was for illicit purposes. In another claim, they state that illegal immigrants cost tax payers 100 billion dollars per year. This has been fact-checked by the right-leaning Check Your Fact, which rated it Unsubstantiated.
In general, Bongino.com publishes far right biased news content that is not always well-sourced and 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)