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.
Conservative Firing Line
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Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda
Notes: Conservative Firing Line is a news and opinion website with an extreme right wing bias. We will break this source down using our criteria. First, we look at wording and headlines. With these, Conservative Firing Line heavily uses emotional loaded words that are pro-right and anti-left. An example of a highly biased headline is as follows: Kid Rock triggers liberal snowflakes with true statement about life and hard work… The use of the words “triggers liberal snowflakes” is about as extreme as you can get using loaded words to emotionally sway readers. Next, we look at sourcing and factual reporting. In this area Conservative Firing Line makes an effort to source their information. However, there are many cases when they source to far right media sources or other questionable sources such as Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, which has a poor track record with fact checkers. We could not find any evidence of Conservative Firing Line failing a fact check, but we did find them promoting unproven conspiracies such as the Clinton’s murdering multiple people. Within this article about the Clinton’s they source numerous questionable and conspiracy websites. For factual reporting, Conservative Firing Line is mixed due to misleading headlines and the use of poor sources. Our next criteria is balanced reporting. Does Conservative Firing Cover both sides of issues in their articles? The answer to that is a 100% no. They never do. This source is 100% biased for conservatives and against liberals. Lastly, we look at the website’s political affiliation and how they describe themselves. According to their about page “The Conservative Firing Line was established in May 2012 in an effort to inform, educate and inspire grassroots conservatives at all levels.” Therefore, we rate them right biased for political affiliation. Conclusion: Conservative Firing Line is questionable due to extreme right wing bias, sometimes utilizing poor sources and the promotion of right wing propaganda/conspiracies. (D. Van Zandt 7/18/2017)
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