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- Overall, we rate Caldron Pool Questionable based on extreme right bias, promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience as well as a lack of transparency regarding ownership.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Christian Propaganda, Pseudoscience, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 21/180
Founded in 2017, Caldron Pool is a news and opinion website that reports from a conservative Christian perspective. According to their about page “Caldron Pool is a politically and theologically conservative website providing news and opinion on culture, life, family, religion and current events around the world.” They further state “It is our belief that the best way to ensure freedom, equality, and justice for all is for a nation to ground its laws and policies on Christian principles derived from the Bible.”
The website does not disclose ownership or an editor, but does list the names of authors. Further, they do not indicate where they are located, however the domain is registered in the USA and the IP location in Australia with most of the authors located in Australia as well as numerous reports about Australia politics. We cannot definitively state they are based in Australia, but this seems likely based on the evidence.
Funded by / Ownership
Caldron Pool does not disclose ownership on the website and the domain is registered privately. Revenue is derived through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Caldron Pool does not perform original news reporting, but rather takes existing stories from other sources and editorializes them from a Christian Right perspective. Further, they do not distinguish whether content is opinion or straight news reporting. Headlines and articles often contain emotional loaded wording that favors the right such as this: The double-standards of liberals. This story is sourced to tweets. However, other stories on the website are generally sourced properly.
Editorially, Caldron Pool frequently reports negatively on LGBTQ, abortion and most often liberals with loaded emotional quotes such as this: “This only serves division, and shows that the Leftist cult of modern liberalism in Australia needs a narrative of oppression, racism and bigotry, just to appear relevant.” When reporting on LGBTQ they often report fearfully about the acceptance and normalization of LGBTQ by the media and educational institutions (conspiracy). When it comes to science this source does not always support the consensus of science on such topics such as Climate Change and Evolution (pseudoscience). In general, Caldron Pool, publishes news and information that appeals to the far Christian Right.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact checked by an IFCN fact checker.
Overall, we rate Caldron Pool Questionable based on extreme right bias, promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience as well as a lack of transparency regarding ownership. (D. Van Zandt 11/29/2019)