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- Overall, we rate The Clover Chronicle Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as use of poor sources, a failed fact check and a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Fake News
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 is in Canada.
Funded by / Ownership
The Clover Chronicle does not list ownership. Revenue is derived from advertising and donations. They also have a store section where they sell merchandise from affiliated vendors such as Lucky Shot USA, DreamCloud Luxury Mattresses, and SmileDirectClub.
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 video’s and 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.
A factual search reveals they have a Pants on Fire claim by an IFCN fact checker: 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.
Overall, we rate The Clover Chronicle Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as use of poor sources, a failed fact check and a complete lack of transparency. (M. Huitsing 6/21/2019)
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