Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Failed Fact Checks
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2018, Illicit Info is a conservative news and opinion website. According to their about page, “IllicitInfo.com publishes commentary and opinion by conservatives and libertarians, not unbiased news reporting.” Illicit Info is held by Power To the Publishers LLC, which Mark Blatterfein owns. He also goes by the name Mark Sidney.
Funded by / Ownership
Illicit Info is owned by Power To The Publisher LLC and operated by Mark (Sidney) Blatterfein. According to SadBotTrue, Blatterfein owns 60 conservative or conspiracy-related websites. Many of the domains are inactive. Some notable websites owned by Blatterfein are questionable sources, such as Patriot Hangout and Liberty is Viral. Online advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Illicit Info publishes news stories from other sources and offers opinions that are always favorable to the right and negative to the left. Headlines frequently use extremely loaded sensational language such as this: Ocasio-Cortez’s Financial Records Expose Her As A Total Fraud, Green Pipe Dream Pusher Is A Total Hypocrite Frequent Flyer.
When choosing news stories, they often select extreme right-biased Questionable sources such as the Conservative Tribune and The Gateway Pundit, both of which have terrible track records with fact-checkers. They also use credible sources such as Cleveland.com but then spin a factual story into a conspiracy narrative, such as this: “Maybe I’m channeling Danny Reagan, but the cause of death just isn’t consistent with suicide. People just don’t beat themselves to death.”
After the 2020 Presidential election, they frequently promoted fraud disinformation and false claims regarding Covid-19, such as this BREAKING: More Vaccinated People KILLED By Covid Than Non-Vaxed!
Failed Fact Checks
- “Star Witness Vindman Incriminates Himself as Whistleblower’s Source? ADMITS to Sharing Contents of Trump-Zelensky Phone Call – Refuses to Divulge With Who” – False
- “Nancy Pelosi’s Brother’s Company Received $737 Million from Obama’s Energy Dept!” – False
Overall, we rate Illicit Info Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracy theories and propaganda, and the use of poor sources who routinely fail fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 3/10/2019) Updated (01/06/2023)
Last Updated on May 26, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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