A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact-checked on a per-article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
- Overall, we rate Gnews Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, propaganda, fake news, poor sourcing, and a lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Conspiracy, Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Fake News, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
The Gnews.org domain was registered in 2012, with little other information about this website provided. The website does not have an about page and links to their contact and disclaimer pages do not work. The two prominent names associated with the website are Miles Guo (Guo Wengui) a Chinese Billionaire who controls Beijing Zenith Holdings. After falling out with members of the Communist Party leadership, Guo was “accused of corruption and other misdeeds and forced to flee China. He fled to the United States in late 2014 after learning he was going to be arrested after allegations against him including bribing, kidnapping, money laundering, fraud, and rape.” The other prominent name is Alt-Right figure Steve Bannon, who served as an adviser to USA President Donald Trump and previously ran the questionable Alt-Right website Breitbart.
The content of the website can best be described as conspiracy theories and anti-communist propaganda.
Funded by / Ownership
Gnews lists the content of the website is copyrighted to GUO.MEDIA, which offers little information about the company. Revenue is derived through advertising. In 2018, Gnews.org signed a 1 million dollar contract with Steve Bannon.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Gnews publishes news and opinions with frequent use of emotionally loaded wording such as this: Miles Guo explains why CCP unleashed Wuhan coronavirus. In fact, most stories on the website currently point to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the creator of the Coronavirus. Steve Bannon provides a videocast that often makes outrageous claims such as this: Bannon’s War Room: 1.47 billion people will be infected by April, May. The website also provides world news that presents a very positive view of President Trump such as this: VINDICATED! President Trump acquitted from impeachment HOAX. This story, like most on this website, is not properly sourced from credible media.
Failed Fact Checks
- Says the Chinese Communist Party “will finally admit that the real source of the coronavirus is from ‘a lab in Wuhan’ linked to its covert biological weapon programs.” – FALSE
- Coronavirus patients are being “cremated alive” in China. – FALSE
- The U.S. has threatened to get Italy out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which it partially relies upon for defense, if it uses 5G technology. – Fake
- A mathematical principle known as “Benford’s Law” proves that votes for Joe Biden were impossibly distributed and are therefore fraudulent. – False
They have also produced an unverified document that promotes the conspiracy that the Chinese military spread the disease deliberately. In general, Steve Bannon and Miles Guo each rail against the Chinese Communist Party through the use of both conspiracy theories and unsourced propaganda. Politically, this source aligns strongly with the right through their rejection of communism.
Overall, we rate Gnews Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, propaganda, fake news, poor sourcing, and a lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 2/9/2020) Updated (3/22/2021)