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Jihad Watch - Right Bias - Propaganda - Conspiracy - White Nationalist - Hate - Anti-MuslimQUESTIONABLE SOURCE

A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, overt propaganda, poor or no sourcing to credible information 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 notes section for that source. See all Questionable sources.

  • Overall, we rate Jihad Watch a Questionable source based on Extreme Right bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies, use of poor sources, numerous failed fact checks and links to individuals associated with hate groups.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Hate Group
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180

History

Founded in 2003, Jihad Watch is an anti-Muslim conspiracy blog affiliated with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, run by blogger Robert Spencer, it has been described as one of the main homes of the anti-Islamic Counter-jihad movement on the internet.  It has been repeatedly criticized by numerous academics who believe that it promotes an Islamophobic worldview and conspiracy theories. According to their FAQ page “Jihad Watch is an attempt to raise awareness about the activities of the global jihadists.”

Funded by / Ownership

The owner of the website is Robert Spencer who is affiliated with the 501c3 nonprofit David Horowitz Freedom Center. As of 2010, Robert Spencer was paid a salary of $132,000 by the David Horowitz Freedom Center to run the website. The Horowitz Center is funded by multiple donors including the strongly right leaning Bradley Foundation. The Jihad Watch website is funded through donations and advertising.

Analysis / Bias

In review, Jihad Watch holds an extreme right anti-Islam viewpoint. The main purpose of Jihad Watch is to portray Muslims in a negative light that often points toward violent tendencies such as this: Canada fights “hate”, while jihadist sign threatening “massacre of Jews” flaunted at Toronto al-Quds Day rally and this, in which they seem to advocate for a fight against Islam: Can Islam Be Defeated? This propaganda piece is sourced to both the Bible and Quran as evidence. When it comes to sourcing, they use a variety of sources, some which are credible and others which are not, such as Breitbart. In general, all stories on Jihad Watch serve as propaganda to frame Muslims negatively, while portraying Christians/Americans/other around the world as persecuted and in danger. 

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled Robert Spencer a White Nationalist and he is also the co-founder of Stop Islamization of America with Pamela Geller, which is considered a hate group.

A factual search reveals numerous failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers.

Update: On 8/8/2019, Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch wrote an article critical of this review. Based on this we corrected a link error to the Anti-Defamation League and included that Jihad Watch reports on Muslim activities around the world and not just in the USA. You can read their criticism here.

Overall, we rate Jihad Watch a Questionable source based on Extreme Right bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracies, use of poor sources, numerous failed fact checks and links to individuals associated with hate groups. (D. Van Zandt 10/21/2016) Updated (8/9/2019)

Source: https://www.jihadwatch.org/