- Overall, we rate Headline USA far-right biased and questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, the use of poor sources, a lack of transparency, and a false claim.
Questionable Reasoning: Conspiracy Theories, Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Headline USA, formerly known as Liberty Headlines, is a conservative news and opinion website based in Charlotte, NC. According to their about page, “The radicalization of the legacy media leaves a void that others, including Headline USA (former Liberty Headlines), have stepped in to fill. With readers across the country, we combine original, enterprise reporting alongside thought-provoking analysis and articles that put breaking stories into proper context.” Ben Sellers is listed as the editor.
Funded by / Ownership
Headline USA lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership; however, they link to Headline Health which lists the owner as Headline Health LLC. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Headline USA publishes summarized news stories from other sources with opinion commentary added. Articles and headlines use loaded emotional wording that favors the right such as in this article N.C. Supreme Court’s Democrat Majority Rejects GOP Redistricting Maps. A highly biased quote from the article reads, “When voters finally had enough of the leftist corruption, government waste and toxic social engineering and Republicans were voted back into power, they sensibly sought to change voting districts into something that more rightfully represented the majority view of the state.”
Headline USA often relies on poor sources that frequently fail checks, such as Breitbart, the Gateway Pundit, and Just the News. Editorially, all stories favor a conservative perspective and often denigrate the left, such as this NYPD Ambush May Be Final Straw in Left’s Reckless Anti-Police Experiment. Finally, they promote conspiracy theories such as election fraud against Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential election. There has been minimal evidence to support these claims. In general, they are far-right biased and not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference this week that “some countries” are using boosters to “kill children.” – False
- Some of the sources utilized by Headline USA frequently fail fact checks or promote misinformation. See Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and Just the News.
Overall, we rate Headline USA far-right biased and questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, the use of poor sources, a lack of transparency, and a false claim. (D. Van Zandt 02/05/2022) Updated (04/01/2022)
Last Updated on April 1, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check