Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency, Poor Sourcing, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2012, Pacific Pundit, like most questionable news sources does not provide an about page to describe their mission or ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
Pacific Pundit does not disclose ownership and revenue is derived from advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Pacific Pundit exhibits extreme right-wing bias through wording and story selection that always favors the far right. For example, this headline: NFL THUGS WHO DISRESPECTED THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN WEEK 7 uses a derogatory racial term to describe protesters of inequality and police violence. Pacific Pundit also does not source to credible media, for example, they use Infowars: “CRAZY LEFTISTS PLAN ‘SCREAM HELPLESSLY AT THE SKY’ EVENT” and Blacksphere: “MAJOR DNC SHAKEUP – MEDIA SILENT.”
The website also frequently promotes right-wing propaganda and conspiracy theories such as this: ILHAN OMAR DOESN’T DENY SHE SUPPORTS AL QAEDA AND COMMUNISM. A quote from the article demonstrates extremely loaded language that is not supported by evidence “Trump wanted to exposed these communists and terrorist sympathizers for who they are and it looks like he finally did it. They’ve been well hidden and protected by the media up until today. Now, they are basically the face of the communist Democrat party.”
A factual search reveals a few failed fact checks.
- In a 1996 foreclosure case, Judge Martha Kavanaugh ruled against Ralph and Paula Blasey, thus providing motive for revenge for their daughter Christine against Judge Kavanaugh’s son Brett, a Supreme Court nominee in 2018. – FALSE
- Eighteen undocumented immigrant children died in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol during the Obama administration. – MOSTLY FALSE
Overall, we rate the Pacific Pundit a Questionable source based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda/conspiracy, use of poor sources, a complete lack of transparency and failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 10/23/2017) Updated (7/16/2019)