Reasoning: Extreme Right, Conspiracy, Propaganda, Anti-Islam, Fake News, Numerous Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2016, the Geller Report is the personal blog/website of Pamela Geller who is best known for her Anti-Islamic writings. According to her about page: “Pamela Geller is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Geller Report and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is a foremost defender of the freedom of speech against attempts to force the West to accept Sharia blasphemy laws, and against Sharia self-censorship by Western media outlets.”
The American Freedom Defense Initiative, is an anti-Muslim, pro-Israel American organization known primarily for its controversial, Islamophobic advertising campaigns. The group has been described as extremist and far-right. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists SIOA as an anti-Muslim hate group.
In 2010, Pamela Geller began a controversial campaign to stop the construction of a mosque at the 9-11 ground zero site, and in 2015, Ms. Geller proposed a drawing contest of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, which is forbidding in Islam. This subsequently led to calls for Ms. Geller’s beheading. In 2017, David Wright, a Massachusetts man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for plotting to behead Geller whom the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) had urged its global support base to kill.
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Funded by / Ownership
The Geller Report is owned by Pamela Geller and is funded through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
The Geller Report (GR) is a right-wing source, run by Pamela Geller. GR is more of a personal blog than an actual news source, parroting the most extreme rhetoric of the right in general, and anti-Muslim sentiment in particular. There is no attempt at factual reporting or presenting opposing views in the stories, and they are heavily biased in their wording and content. The sources GR uses in the stories are either from other extreme sources or misrepresented. For the heavy bias and extremism, Geller Report is rated Questionable. (D. Kelley 6/19/2017)
The Geller Report frequently uses loaded language in their headlines such as this: Pamela Geller, Breitbart: CPAC Joins the Leftist Social Media Giants in Censoring Conservatives. The Geller Report typically publishes articles that Ms. Geller writes for other publications such as the questionable Breitbart, American Thinker, and the Alt-Right blog of Milo Yiannopoulos, called Dangerous.
In general, the Geller Report routinely publishes highly negative stories against Islam. Ms. Geller has been called an anti-Muslim bigot and racist by Muneer Awad of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and has been labeled an “Anti-Islam Extremist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and as “exhibiting anti-Muslim bigotry” by the Anti-Defamation League. Geller has dismissed the SPLC as an “uber left” organization. Finally, during the coronavirus and Presidential election of 2020, they have published false and misleading information (see failed fact checks).
Failed Fact Checks
- In Parkland, Fla. “the mass murderer was immersed in Islamic and leftwing hate.” – PANTS ON FIRE
- “ISIS supporter tweeted at 10:34 a.m. Shooting began at 10:45 a.m.” in Chattanooga, Tenn. – FALSE
- Did Migrants Destroy a Car in Italy? – FALSE
- Muslims Declare December 24th an Islamic Holiday – FALSE
- Was former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently cleared by the FBI in the Russia probe? – FALSE
- CORONAVIRUS: Reports of 10,000 DEAD in Wuhan, China. – FALSE
- Did Pennsylvania reject 372,000 mail-in ballots? – FALSE
- Wisconsin counted 3,239,920 votes but only has 3,129,000 registered voters. – FALSE
- Says CNN video shows “HAMMER / Scorecard Voter Software Fraud in Real Time” – PANTS ON FIRE
- Did WikiLeaks dump documents November 17, 2020 revealing a CIA base in Frankfurt, Germany, was used to hack U.S. elections? – FALSE
Overall, we rate the Geller Report Questionable based on extreme right bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies as well as extreme anti-Islamic views and numerous false claims. (6/19/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/24/2020)