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- Overall, we rate Political Flare far left-biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, left-wing propaganda, lack of transparency and publication of false information.
Reasoning: Extreme Left, Propaganda, Conspiracy, False information, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018, Political Flare is a blog created by Nicole James. According to their about page “The Political Flare is a news/opinion site for Democrats, by Democrats. I am not a journalist, I aggregate my stories from major news sources, and choose stories that I, as a blogger, feel my audience would be interesting in reading.”
Funded by / Ownership
Political Flare does not disclose ownership or funding, but it is assumed it is the personal blog of Nicole James. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Political Flare openly disclaims they are a left-leaning blog. Story selection always favors the left and frequently denigrates the right and in particular President Donald Trump such as this: Trump Removed All the Furniture Melania Chose for the WH and Replaced in With Tacky Gold Crap and this People Think Trump Staged This Situation Room Photo Because Trump Was Actually Golfing When Raid Happened. While this latter story may turn out to be true or not, as of this review, it is a conspiracy theory that is published without evidence. In general, this source is hyper-partisan in favor of the left while consistently denigrating the right through sensational wording and one-sided story selection. While Political Flare might be accurate at times, they jump the gun frequently to implicate Trump/Republicans and do not correct errors.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Political Flare far left-biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, left-wing propaganda, lack of transparency, and publication of false information. (D. Van Zandt 10/27/2019)