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 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.
- Overall, we rate The Clover Chronicle Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, the use of poor sources, a failed fact check, and a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Fake News, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rating: N/A
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2018, The Clover Chronicle is a website that promotes conspiracy theories and strongly right-leaning news. According to their about page, they bring “interesting and informative stories from around the world.” The about page provides little information and completely lacks transparency as the only name associated with the website is Maria Taylor. A domain search reveals the site was launched in 2018 and is registered in Canada. This registration does not mean the owner is located in Canada.
Funded by / Ownership
The Clover Chronicle does not list ownership. Revenue is derived from advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Clover Chronicle regularly publishes conspiracy theories such as “Hillary Clinton Allegedly Covered Up Elite Pedophile Ring While Serving As Secretary Of State.” The article links to doctored videos, conspiracy sites such as Newspunch, and the thoroughly discredited Infowars. Other questionable sources utilized are ZeroHedge and the Gateway Pundit.
Occasionally, The Clover Chronicle links to credible sources such as The Modesto Bee; however, the article is misleading. A quote from the article reads, “A cell phone tower located on school grounds in Ripon, California has been shut down after three teachers and four children were diagnosed with cancer” however, the Modesto Bee article does not mention three teachers and four children diagnosed with cancer. In general, all stories favor the right and denigrate the left. They also routinely publish false and misleading information.
Since 2020, they have routinely published misinformation regarding Covid-19 vaccines and election fraud conspiracies espoused by Donald Trump and his allies. This website generally promotes an extreme-right ideology that is usually misleading or false.
Failed Fact Checks
- Quotes Queen Elizabeth II as saying that Trump is “an amazing person” with a “good heart” who could have been her son in another life. – Pants on Fire
- “Bill Gates admits his COVID-19 vaccine might kill nearly 1 million people.” – Pants on Fire
- Nathan Phillips lied about serving in the military and started a GoFundMe based on those lies. – False
- Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden owns an island next to the island that was owned by Jeffrey Epstein. – False
Overall, we rate The Clover Chronicle Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, use of poor sources, several failed fact check, and a complete lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 6/21/2019) Updated (07/08/2022)
Last Updated on June 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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