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- Overall, we rate Fake Hate Crimes a borderline Questionable source based on strong right wing bias and a lack of transparency. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources who have failed fact checks and display extreme right wing bias.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2012 by Laird Wilcox, Fake Hate Crimes is a website that lists in database format, fake hate crimes with hyperlinks to news articles. The site does not have a proper about page, but states its purpose is “to compile a comprehensive database of the false reports of “hate crimes” committed (mostly) in the USA.”
Laird Wilcox is an American researcher specializing in the study of political fringe movements. In his self published book Watchdogs, Wilcox asserts that groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, Political Research Associates, and the Center for Democratic Renewal collect millions of dollars by greatly exaggerating the size and danger of such groups, becoming “a massive extortion racket.”
Funded by / Ownership
Fake Hate Crimes is presumably owned by Laird Wilcox, though the website does not specifically state this. The website does not appear to have a revenue model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website lists in table format, supposed fake hate crimes committed mostly in the USA. Column one displays the Fake News Report’s summary, column two provides an external link to the source of the story, usually a mainstream media source. The third column is a repeat of the first with a short summary. In reviewing the links provided most do source to credible high factual media outlets, however there are some that do not. For example, this story comes from extreme right wing conspiracy website Infowars: ‘WHITE SUPREMACIST’ SHOOTING OF 7-YEAR-OLD BLACK GIRL; GUNMAN TURNS OUT TO BE BLACK. This story is true, but Infowars is typically not factual. Fake Hate Crimes also sources the factually mixed and right biased Daily Wire and Daily Caller as well as questionable sources such as Breitbart and the Daily Mail, all of which have poor track records with fact checkers. In general, the stories on Fake Hate Crimes tend to be true, however the motivation appears to be trying to minimize the significantly more hate crimes that are committed across this country. I don’t know Mr. Wilcox’s motivation, but my impression is he is trying to minimize hate crimes.
Overall, we rate Fake Hate Crimes a borderline Questionable source based on strong right wing bias and a lack of transparency. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources who have failed fact checks and display extreme right wing bias. (D. Van Zandt 3/22/2019)