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- Overall, we rate FreedomProject Media, Questionable based on Extreme Right bias, promotion of both propaganda and conspiracies, a lack of transparency, using poor sources connected to hate groups and several failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2002, FreedomProject Media is a website that features conservative video shows, podcasts and text based news. The website does not contain an about page, however a domain search indicates FreedomProject.com was registered in 2002 to the John Birch Society. The website consists of a “shows” category that features the following: Duke Pesta, Alex Newman, Katie Petrick, David Fiorazo, Oliver McGee, Charlie Kirk (Turning Point USA) and Jake Jacobs. The website also features educational videos and lectures.
FreedomProject Media is connected to the FreedomProject Academy, which is a private, online, Judeo-Christian school for students in kindergarten through high school that teaches from a Classical Christian education perspective. FPA is a school, not a self-paced program or tutorial service.
Funded by / Ownership
FreedomProject Media does not disclose ownership on the website, however the FreedomProject Academy is managed by FreedomProject Education, which is owned by the American Opinion Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization with ties to the John Birch Society. Revenue appears to be derived from donations.
Analysis / Bias
This review will focus on text based articles found on the website. FreedomProject Media reports news and opinions with a strong right wing bias in story selection and wording. For example, this story contains strong loaded language, California Pushes K-12 Sex Ed Indoctrination That Will Blow Your Mind. The story primarily sources back to older articles on their own website. However, they do provide outside links to the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) as well as the Anti-LGBT Family Research Institute, which is classified as an active Hate Group in the USA.
In general, stories revolve around education and how liberal education is destroying morality. They frequently promote a far right Christian agenda such as anti-LGBT, anti-abortion and pretty much anything left of right-center. They also promote baseless conspiracy theories such as this: Snopes Defends Teaching Child Rape to Children. Further, FreedomProject has been accused of promoting Far-Right Propaganda regarding Common Core State Standards.
A factual search reveals several failed fact checks.
Overall, we rate FreedomProject Media, Questionable based on Extreme Right bias, promotion of both propaganda and conspiracies, a lack of transparency, using poor sources connected to hate groups and several failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 5/24/2019)
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