Questionable Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Pseudoscience, Poor Sourcing, False Claims. Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: EXCELLENT
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Druthers is a newspaper in tabloid format based in Canada. It is associated with Shawn Jason Laplante per the publication’s contact page. It has evolved from a local protest publication to a platform known for promoting conspiracy theories and skepticism towards established narratives, as highlighted by sources such as the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “Druthers” is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Funded by / Ownership
Druthers is funded through donations and subscriptions. Additionally, they have a shop that sells merchandise. The ownership information is not publicly disclosed.
Analysis / Bias
In our review of content from Druthers, we focused on a selection of articles to identify potential biases. While analyzing every article from the platform is impossible, we will concentrate on three representative pieces to offer insight into the publication’s editorial leanings.
One article, “A First Nations Perspective On The 2022 Freedom Convoy” by Dr. Amie Wolf, critiques the Canadian government and draws parallels between the treatment of Indigenous peoples and the Freedom Convoy participants. The article directly critiques Justin Trudeau by insinuating an unfavorable comparison between him and his father, Pierre Trudeau, with the phrase, “It runs in the family, okay?” While some claims might be valid, the lack of external citations raises concerns about its verifiability. For context, the Freedom Convoy began as trucker-led protests against vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 restrictions in Canada, gaining significant national and international attention. Figures like former U.S. President Donald Trump notably endorsed the movement.
Another piece, “Beginner’s Guide To Understanding ‘The Great Reset’,” discusses the concept of “The Great Reset” as a global agenda. The narrative, with references to a one-world government and claims about Bill Gates promoting population reduction through vaccines, promotes a conspiracy theory narrative.
A third article, “28 Reasons Canadians Ought To Be Concerned,” displays skepticism towards the scientific consensus on COVID-19 vaccines, indicating an anti-science stance. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has criticized Druthers for promoting conspiracy theories, with contributors like Dr. Vernon Coleman denying AIDS’ existence and Joseph Mercola misattributing deaths to vaccines.
In summary, Druthers consistently showcases conspiracy-leaning content from a conservative perspective and skepticism toward established narratives.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Druthers as right-biased and questionable based on being a conspiracy-leaning publication that often promotes skepticism towards established scientific (pseudoscience) and governmental narratives, potentially leading readers towards misinformation or misinterpretation of significant issues. (M. Huitsing 09/21/2023)
Last Updated on September 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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