Reasoning: Left, Some Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
The Good Lord Above was previously listed as a Satire site on the Media Bias Fact Check website. However, at some point in 2018, they began publishing real stories that continue the tradition of denigrating religion. According to their about page, which is not linked on their website, they state “in 2015 God launched this Holy Website, TheGoodLordAbove.com.” This website does not have any names associated with it and the about page also continues to have this disclaimer “Thou shalt remember that The First Amendment protects satire as a form of free speech and expression. TheGoodLordAbove uses invented names in all of its stories, except in cases where public figures are being satirized.”
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Funded by / Ownership
The Good Lord Above does not disclose ownership, however they are affiliated with the Questionable source Woke Sloth. There is a copyright notice at the bottom of the website which lists Mysterious Ways LLC as the potential owner. According to Manta, Mysterious Ways LLC is a sole proprietorship based in Sacramento, California. The website does not appear to be funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, prior to 2018, Good Lord Above was a website that published fake satirical news stories that made fun of religion and the Christian Right. In 2018, they began publishing real news stories that are also denigrating to the right. A sample article headline reads: This Hilarious New Twitter Account Combines The Pope With Filthy Tweets. Some articles use highly loaded emotional language such as this: Scumbag Televangelist Pat Robertson Prays For God To ‘Throw Confusion’ Into Kavanaugh’s Alleged Victims. In general, articles typically reference tweets, with opinions that favor the left added in. Other articles consist of summaries from other sources such as: Raw Story, Daily Mail, Daily Dot, and the Friendly Atheist. Story selection always favors the left.
A factual search reveals numerous failed fact checks. These failed fact checks occurred when Good Lord Above was a Satire website, however these fake stories appear to have been removed from the website.
Overall, we rate the Good Lord Above Questionable based on a history of publishing fake news, as well as a lack of disclosure regarding ownership. (D. Van Zandt 10/6/2016) Updated (12/26/2018)
Correction: This website was previously listed as Satire, however they have changed format and are now moved to the Questionable list.