Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Some Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017, NewsWars is a news and opinion website by Infowars publisher and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, where he claims to be bringing “truth back to the media.” He’s infamously made false claims concerning the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and federal investigators said he inspired a gunman to open fire inside a Washington, D.C., pizzeria by touting unfounded allegations on his shows and websites about its supposed ties to former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and human trafficking. This is a conspiracy website, period.
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Funded by / Ownership
NewsWars is owned by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who is the host and producer of Infowars. The website is funded through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website is laid out to look similar to the New York Times, which both Alex Jones and Donald Trump claim is a fake news source. All news articles are curated from other sources including Jones’ own Infowars. Some common sources used are Russian propaganda news site RT, Alt-right Breitbart, and other conspiracy websites such as Zero Hedge. The reason why this site is not placed in our Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category is due to having more political news than conspiracy information. Though there is plenty of conspiracy, Jones shares numerous stories from Infowars and provides a link to listen to his radio show live on the website. This website is also different in that the majority of news is real. The reason for the Questionable classification is that all stories favor the right, indicating extreme bias, there are unproven conspiracies published and Jones’ longtime reputation as a purveyor of fake news stories. In general, this is a far-right media source that publishes conspiracy theories.
A factual search reveals a very poor track record based on republishing Infowars information.
Overall, we rate NewsWars Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of pseudoscience and conspiracies as well as the publication of fake news from poor sources. (D. Van Zandt 8/14/2017) Updated (8/14/2019)