Right Wing News was founded by John Hawkins in 2001, a far-right conservative, who regularly contributes articles to right-wing publications. There are currently three Right Wing News websites. The original is found at rightwingnews.com and owned by John Hawkins, which typically publishes only Hawkins’ articles and podcasts. You can see a review of that site here. In 2018, Right Wing News merged with MediaVines, inc. They currently operate two other Right Wing News websites at the domains: rightwing.news and rwnofficial.com. These two domains look identical and have the same about page information. For the purpose of this review, we will look at rightwing.news as they have current news stories, whereas rwnofficial has not published a story in over a week as of 12/5/2018. The about page for rightwing.news reads: “Right Wing News publishes content that is traditional news, opinion based and is consistent with conservative values.”
Funded by / Ownership
Right Wing News (rightwing.news) is “owned and operated solely by MediaVines, Inc. Daily operations are controlled by our Chief Editor, Jeff Rainforth.” The website is funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, virtually every headline and article on Right Wing News utilizes very strong loaded emotional language such as Pelosi Immediately Stabs Trump In The Back After Becoming Speaker – Illegals Cheering! This article sources the Questionable extreme right Gateway Pundit, which has failed numerous fact checks. In general, all articles favor the right in story selection and denigrate the left. Further, many are very poorly sourced to other questionable and/or factually mixed right-wing sources.
A factual search reveals numerous failed fact checks as seen below:
- Obama Bans Military Uniforms? – False
- Has the “head” of the Democratic Party been “hauled out in handcuffs”? – Misleading
- Armed Black Panthers on Atlanta streets on Election Day – Pants on Fire
- “$1.8 billion Of Soros’ money just intercepted – he could officially go to prison for years” – Pants on Fire
Overall, we rate Right Wing News as a Questionable source based on extreme right-wing bias, poor sourcing, promotion of propaganda, and publishing of fake news. (D. Van Zandt 12/05/2018) Updated (2/26/2019)