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- Overall, we rate Rense an extreme right-wing Conspiracy and quackery level Pseudoscience website based on frequently publishing unsubstantiated claims. We also rate them Very Low for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks, the use of very poor sources, and 3rd party labeling as a hate group.
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1999, Rense.com is a website created for the Jeff Rense Radio program, which was formerly on satellite radio. The radio program and website promote pseudoscience and extreme right-wing conspiracy theories.
Funded by / Ownership
Rense is owned by Jeff Rense and generates revenue through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Rense.com primarily curates and aggregates news from other sources that are often conspiratorial, covering topics such as 9-11 as an inside job, UFO’s, Chemtrails, and the paranormal. Rense also frequently reports negatively on Muslims and people of African descent with articles such as this Knife Crime By Muslim And Black African Invaders
In England And Wales Rockets To Record Highs In 2019 And The True Picture Is Probably Even Worse. This article is curated from the Russian propaganda source RT News. However, the title of RT’s article does not refer to immigrants as “Invaders”, which is a highly emotional negative term.
When it comes to pseudoscience they frequently publish David Icke, who believes there is a “The Reptilian Illuminati”, and promotes anti-vaccination propaganda. Further, they do not support the consensus of science regarding human-influenced climate change: Greta Thunberg’s Climate Change Hoax Damaging America’s Children. In general, Rense is a crackpot far-right conspiracy and pseudoscience website that is less credible than Infowars and Natural News.
Failed Fact Checks
- Chelsea Clinton wears an upside-down (inverted) cross that is symbolic of Satan worship. – False
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “flying diseased caravan migrants into U.S. for medical treatment.” – False
- Henry Kissinger spoke to a “eugenics council” on controlling populations through forcible vaccinations. – False
- Did the Department of Homeland Security create a “standing army of government youth” known as FEMA Corps. – False
- By passing the Secure Fence Act in 2006, U.S. Congress members were voting to allocate or set aside $50 billion in funding for border fencing. – Mostly False
- In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. – False
Overall, we rate Rense an extreme right-wing Conspiracy and quackery level Pseudoscience website based on frequently publishing unsubstantiated claims. We also rate them Very Low for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks, the use of very poor sources, and 3rd party labeling as a hate group. (D. Van Zandt 7/21/2016) Updated (4/26/2020)