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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 Illegal Alien Crime Report Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of anti-immigrant propaganda, poor sourcing of immigrant status in stories and a lack of ownership transparency.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Anti-Immigration Propaganda, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2013 by Dave Gibson, the Illegal Alien Crime Report publishes alleged crimes committed by alleged illegal immigrants. Dave Gibson is also the author of the book “No Safe Places: Death at the Hands of Illegal Aliens” and is a contributing editor for the website, Social Contract, which also publishes negative stories about illegal immigrants. The website does not have an about page or mission statement. It also does not list an editor, however Dave Gibson is listed as the author of all stories.
Funded by / Ownership
The Illegal Alien Crime Report does not openly disclose ownership, though Dave Gibson is listed as the recipient on a GoFundMe campaign. The website is also funded through PayPal donations and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Illegal Alien Crime Report, reports on crimes that are allegedly committed by illegal immigrants. Headlines are typically written in bold lettering and accompanied by a mugshot or negative image. Wording is typically moderately biased such as this: AFRICAN ‘MIGRANT’ REPEATEDLY RAPED DISABLED WOMAN IN SEATTLE NURSING HOME. Although this story is copied virtually word for word from KLTV, the original article has a very different headline: Family sets up hidden camera in nursing home, catches man sexually assaulting patient. The original reporting also does not mention anything about migrant status. In fact, a search indicates that Only Illegal Alien Crime Report is describing the alleged rapist as a “migrant.” They claim without evidence that “Hamzat is not a citizen and came to this country from Nigeria.” While that may be true, without evidence it simply is not credible. Further, if this person is not a citizen, that does not mean he is illegal. It seems this website targets all immigrants rather than just illegals as their name suggests.
Another theme found on the website is that there is a supposed media blackout on crimes committed by illegal aliens, yet ironically most of the stories are linked to local media sources. For example in this story: MEDIA BLACKOUT: TRUCK DRIVER WHO KILLED 7 BIKERS IS FOREIGN NATIONAL WITH HISTORY OF DUI/DRUG CHARGES, the original source is the Boston Herald, which does not seem like a media blackout. Once again, this person was not an illegal immigrant, but was a green card holder and here legally.
In general, the stories published on Illegal Alien Crime Report are factual and linked to evidence, however the author often interjects subjective opinions regarding a persons legal status without providing evidence. Further, the stories do not just attempt to demonize illegal immigrants, but rather any (legal) immigrant who commits a crime. Perhaps they should change the name to Migrant Crime Report?
Overall, we rate Illegal Alien Crime Report Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, promotion of anti-immigrant propaganda, poor sourcing of immigrant status in stories and a lack of ownership transparency. (D. Van Zandt 8/7/2019)