A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
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Reasoning: Clickbait, Some Fake News
Notes: Breaking911 does not have an about page, therefore who runs the site and their mission is unknown. Breaking911 appears to republish breaking news headlines and crime stories from around the world. For example, they republsh news from NBC: Trump Bodyguard: Trump Was Offered 5 Russian Women, Turned Offer Down or CNN “Secret Service Agent Working Trump Motorcade Run Down By Vehicle, Driver Arrested” and at the same time they capitalize on clickbait-type headlines such as “NSFW: Leaked video of Cardi B exposing her bare boobs surfaces and crime stories from local media “Husband Kills Wife Less Than 15 Minutes Into New Year, Police Say.” Further, Breaking911 does not appear to have a political bias, but rather publishes sensationalized stories regardless of political affiliation.
In reviewing factual reporting for Breaking911, we found a false claim via Politifact. In this breaking news story they published that an ISIS member tweeted about the Chattanooga mass shooting 15 minutes before it happened. The source of this was the highly questionable Pam Geller, who has a poor track record with fact checkers. Other poor media outlets also reported this, but within a few hours this was refuted as being false. Breaking911 did not delete or amend their story to indicate it was actually false. Overall, we rate Breaking911 a Questionable Source based on promotion of clickbait headlines, that do not fully match the stories and the publication of false information. (M. Huitsing 1/3/2017)
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