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- Overall, we rate Gaia.com a quackery-level pseudoscience and strong conspiracy website based on the promotion of misleading and/or debunked scientific claims.
Bias Rating: CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1988 by Jirka Rysavy, Gaia, Inc is a company that produces video and TV programming that promotes meditation, yoga, and alternative health. Gaia.com is the associated website that publishes videos as well as articles that sometimes promote pseudoscience. According to their about page “, they are a member-supported media network of truth-seekers and believers empowering an evolution of consciousness.”
Funded by / Ownership
Gaia, Inc is a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ under GAIA. Revenue is derived through paid memberships for content as well as advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Gaia.com provides videos and information that promotes Yoga, Meditation, Documentaries, and films as well as a section that breaks down videos into categories such as Emotional Healing. The website also features news and information articles that contain moderately loaded language such as The Wonderful Benefits of Japanese Knotweed. This story is primarily sourced back to Gaia’s own videos. It should be pointed out that the claims made in this article are not supported by medical evidence.
Gaia.com frequently promotes pseudoscience such as the dangers of fluoride, which has been debunked. They also promote other pseudosciences such as astrology, pseudo-archeology, and energy healing. Further, they promote anti-GMO propaganda such as this Exposing GMO Agendas with Jeffrey Smith and vaccinations and autism links, which have been thoroughly debunked. Finally, they also promote human-influenced climate denialism such as this Waging War Against Climate Science with Tim Ball.
Lastly, Gaia.com reports on conspiracy theories such as aliens, chemtrails, Illuminati, and secret space programs. In general, Gaia promotes a wide variety of misleading and false information regarding science, medicine, and health.
Failed Fact Checks
- A corpse found in Nazca, Peru, is that of an alien. – False
- A missing airliner (Santiago Flight 513) mysteriously landed 35 years later with a cockpit and passenger cabin full of skeletons. – False
- The act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system – Inaccurate
Overall, we rate Gaia.com a quackery-level pseudoscience and strong conspiracy website based on the promotion of misleading and/or debunked scientific claims. (D. Van Zandt 8/19/2020)