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- Overall, we rate Populist.Press far right biased and Questionable based on the use of poor sources, promotion of propaganda and misinformation as well as a complete lack of transparency and serving as an imposter website.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Imposter Website, Poor Sourcing, Propaganda, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in October 2020, Populist.Press is a website that looks like the Drudge Report. In fact, in bold red they state at the top of the page “ANNOUNCEMENT: Big Tech Hates us, We don’t use social media so they can’t censor us. PLEASE bookmark us, visit daily and email our page to all your friends. SINCE DRUDGE SOLD OUT TO “CHYNA” …WE ARE THE NEW DRUDGE!”
Unlike the Drudge Report they curate/aggregate news with a strong conservative bias and completely lack transparency as they do not disclose editors, authors, or ownership.
Populist.Press has been linked to Steve Bannon’s network or misinformation websites that were blocked by Facebook.
Funded by / Ownership
Populist.Press completely lacks transparency and does not disclose ownership though as stated above may be connected to Steve Bannon. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Populist.Press is an imposter website that attempts to look and behave like the Drudge Report, with a much stronger conservative bias. Populist.Press curates and aggregates news from a variety of mostly conservative, conspiracy, and questionable sources. Some sources we found used are Epoch Times (Questionable), Frontpage Mag (Questionable), Gateway Pundit (Questionable), and NewsMax (Questionable). Further, they also link to Steve Bannon’s War Room, which has frequently spread disinformation regarding Coronavirus, with Bannon even declaring he wants to see Anthony Fauci beheaded. This resulted in his ban from Twitter.
Although Populist.Press does not produce original content, it can be stated that they editorially align with the far-right based on story selection that always favors the right. Finally, during the Presidential Election of 2020, they have consistently republished election fraud misinformation. In general, the sources utilized by Populist.Press are mixed factual at best and almost always right biased or questionable.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Populist.Press far right biased and Questionable based on the use of poor sources, promotion of propaganda and misinformation as well as a complete lack of transparency and serving as an imposter website. (11/25/2020)