Founded in 2011, the Independent Sentinel is a conservative news and opinion website/blog. According to the Independent Sentinel’s about page they “provide news, opinion, and commentary, analysis, factual and original content, mostly political, usually right-of-center, for a Conservative, Libertarian, Republican audience.” The website is operated by the pseudonym Sara Noble. The website lists other authors and provides biographical information for each. On this page, Sara Noble indicates that she was the former copy editor for This Week Magazine and “for 33 years, worked in education as a teacher of English and of Special Education, and spent years as an elementary principal, secondary principal, central office administrator, and consultant.”
Mrs. Noble reached out to us via email and provided her real name, which we will protect for privacy. She states that she uses the pseudonym because “many of my family members are liberals and don’t want their last name out there on a center-right blog.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Independent Sentinel is held by Independent Sentinel LLC, which is owned by Sara Noble. Revenue is derived from onsite advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Independent Sentinel does not produce original news stories but rather summarizes and opines news stories from other sources. Headlines and articles frequently use emotionally loaded wording such as this: Pelosi shamelessly claims Schiff’s parody were the “President’s words”. This story is sourced back to video and tweets. In another story, Dems’ Impeachment Narrative Is Blowing Up & It’s Getting Better & Better, information is sourced to mainstream outlets such as the LA Times and Fox News. When it comes to sourcing in general, they often utilize credible mainstream sources, however on occasion, they use poor sources such as Rush Limbaugh, who has a very poor track record with fact-checkers and the Questionable Breitbart.
Editorially, all stories favor the right and often denigrate the left such as this: “Damning, Brutal, Explosive” Testimony by Bill Taylor Was 100% GOSSIP. The website also often reports on the successes of the Trump Administration: Trump’s Leading USA to Economic Victory Over a Badly Slumping China-Shh!. However, the Independent Sentinel fully disclaims the site is geared toward to right-leaning audience and therefore, is not being deceptive.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate the Independent Sentinel Right Biased based on story selection and opinions that always favors the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual for reporting, rather than High due to the occasional use of sources that have failed fact checks in the past. (D. Van Zandt 3/14/2017) Updated (10/25/2019)