- Overall, we rate LibertyTalk.FM strongly Right Biased and Questionable based on radio programs that have failed numerous fact checks, as well as a lack of transparency in ownership and the rejection of scientific consensus with climate change.
Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Poor Sourcing, Failed Fact Checks, Pseudoscience, Conspiracy
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2013, LibertyTalk.FM is a website that broadcasts live radio programming 24 hours per day. According to their about page “LibertyTalk FM broadcasts 24 hours per day, seven days per week and features continuous live content Monday through Friday and a mix of the best-syndicated podcasts and shows during the weekend. Our current line up of hosts includes the best and brightest voices fervently advocating for Liberty, such as Ernest Hancock, Alex Jones, Todd “Bubba” Horwitz, Ian Freeman, The Freedom Feens.”
The website lists an address to a Virtual Office in Chicago and a mailing address to a mailbox rental company in Indiana. Other than these there is a lack of transparency in regards to ownership and business model.
Funded by / Ownership
Although it is not openly disclosed in an easy to find area, Allison Bricker is the founder and owner of LibertyTalk.fm. Revenue is derived through an online shop that sells merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website features live internet radio broadcasts, on-demand podcasts, and news stories. The most notable radio broadcast is the Alex Jones Show. Alex Jones is a well known extreme right conspiracy theorist and promoter of pseudoscience who makes false claims. The website also features news stories and opinion pieces that often use loaded emotional wording such this: President Trump: Please Pardon Edward Snowden to Defeat DEEP STATE Coup. A quote from the article reads “their anger unmasked & laid bare: it was wholly obvious that you shook the DEEP STATE to their rotten core and they were already scheming to double-down on seeking revenge.”
Editorially, LibertyTalk.fm leans strongly right with advocacy for small government, free-market capitalism, and skepticism regarding human influence on climate change such as this: Climate Change Fear Mongers’ Horrible Track Record. The consensus of climate scientists is that the earth is currently warming at an accelerated pace due to human’s use of fossil fuels. From a story selection standpoint virtually all stories favor the Libertarian Right.
Failed Fact Checks
- A factual search reveals that LibertyTalk.fm has not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact checker, however, the radio broadcasts of the Alex Jones show has made several false claims such as this: Infowars’ Alex Jones wrong about Alabama Senate recount and No, Hillary Clinton did not meet with Broward elections supervisor Brenda Snipes.
Overall, we rate LibertyTalk.FM strongly Right Biased and Questionable based on radio programs that have failed numerous fact checks, as well as a lack of transparency in ownership and the rejection of scientific consensus with climate change. (D. Van Zandt 11/18/2016) Updated (12/08/2020)