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.
- Overall, we rate the Drudge Report Right Biased and Questionable due to the promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, as well as for publishing fake news and the use of highly questionable sources.
Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracies, Poor Sources, Some Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1995 as one of the first independent web only news sources, The Drudge Report is a politically conservative American news aggregation website run by Matt Drudge. The site consists mainly of links to stories from the United States and international media about politics, entertainment, and current events; it also has links to many columnists. Occasionally, Drudge authors new stories himself, based on tips. The Drudge Report focuses on sensationalized stories with a right-wing bias. The website is edited by Matt Drudge and Charles Hunt.
Funded by / Analysis
The Drudge Report is owned by Matt Drudge and is funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Drudge Report typically provides hyperlinks to external news sources, in which Matt Drudge or Charles Hunt write the lead in headlines. Almost all news stories favor the right and link to right leaning sources. Frequently, the Drudge Report links to conspiracy sources such as ZeroHedge and Infowars as well as Questionable sources, with very poor fact check records, such as Breitbart, WND and the Gateway Pundit. Drudge Report also publishes columns from right-wing journalists who have poor track records with factual information, such as Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and Roger Stone.
A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 8% of Drudge Report’s audience is consistently or mostly liberal, 18% Mixed and 74% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that Drudge Report is heavily preferred by a more conservative audience.
A factual search reveals a very poor track record with fact checkers. Below is a small sampling:
- “Reporters rehearse questions with White House press (secretary).” – PANTS ON FIRE
- “Says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald “Sterling is a Democrat.” – PANTS ON FIRE
- A photograph shows children holding guns on the US-Mexico border. – FALSE
- Is President Obama’s trip to India going to cost $200 million per day? – FALSE
- BREAKING: Illegal Muslim From Iran Arrested For Starting California Wildfire – PANTS ON FIRE
Overall, we rate the Drudge Report Right Biased and Questionable due to the promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, as well as for publishing fake news and the use of highly questionable sources. (7/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/7/2019)