Questionable Reasoning: Clickbait, Some Fake News, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: JUNK NEWS
Factual Reporting: VERY-LOW
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2011, 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.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not disclose ownership. Revenue is derived from advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Breaking911, republishes 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.
Failed Fact Checks
- Too many to list. See list.
Overall, we rate Breaking911 a Questionable Source based on the promotion of clickbait headlines, that do not fully match the stories and the publication of false information as well as a complete lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 1/3/2017) Updated (3/22/2021)