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- Overall, we rate the Navarro Report right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of election fraud conspiracies, propaganda, the use of poor sources, and numerous false claims made by an individual who lacks expertise and credibility regarding election issues.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Poor Sourcing, Conspiracy, Propaganda, False Claims
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in December 2020 by Peter Navarro, The Navarro Report is a political and commentary website that reports on alleged election fraud during the 2020 Presidential election. The website doesn’t have an about page however according to Navarro’s white house bio “He was an economic and trade advisor for President Donald J. Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and joined the White House staff on Inauguration Day.”
Funded by / Ownership
Ownership information is not transparent however Peter Navarro appears to be the owner of The Navarro Report website as the contact page states “This report was prepared by Dr. Peter Navarro in his capacity as a private citizen”. There does not appear to be a revenue source.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Navarro Report publishes debunked voter fraud allegations which are then shared on social media platforms such as here. Further, in addition to being prepared by someone who doesn’t have the necessary background on election issues, these unsubstantiated claims are disputed by President Trump’s own departments of Justice and Homeland Security. According to a USA Today article dated Jan. 6, 2021 “ Out of the 62 lawsuits filed challenging the presidential election, 61 have failed” and “The decisions have come from both Democratic-appointed and Republican-appointed judges – including federal judges appointed by Trump.” Finally, Attorney General William Barr made a declaration regarding voter fraud, with a quote that reads “the U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election.”
The Navarro Report website consists of three volumes of alleged election fraud against President Donald Trump that is presumably compiled by Navarro. The volume titles use highly emotional language such as this “The Immaculate Deception, The Art of the Steal, and Yes, President Trump won.” Navarro’s reports have been debunked and rebuked by credible sources such as Forbes and the Washington Post. Some debunked claims are that Trump’s early election-night leads in several states later won by Biden were the result of fraud, when in fact it was the result of counting mail-in ballots that heavily favored Biden. He also promoted the debunked conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Software had ties to Hugo Chavez in Venezuala “Dominion’s roots may be traced to an effort by the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez to rig his sham elections.” This conspiracy was found to be completely false. Finally, Navarro’s claims of election fraud come from very poor sources that have failed numerous fact checks such as Epoch Times, OANN, Newsmax, Just the News, and Steve Bannon.
Although not related to the Navarro Report website, Peter Navarro also frequently promotes Covid-19 conspiracies and falsehoods such as providing misleading information regarding Hydroxychloroquine “Navarro Doesn’t Give Full Picture On Hydroxychloroquine”. He also promoted the falsehood that lockdowns will kill more people than the virus. In general, The Navarro Report and Peter Navarro frequently promote false and misleading information that is not credible.
Failed Fact Checks
- The Navarro Report has not been directly fact-checked, however, many of the claims in his reports have been fact-checked. This fact check covers numerous claims made in the three Navarro Reports.
Overall, we rate the Navarro Report right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of election fraud conspiracies, propaganda, the use of poor sources, and numerous false claims made by an individual who lacks expertise and credibility regarding election issues. (M. Huitsing 1/14/2021)