A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
Overall, we rate the Santa Monica Observer Questionable based on the routine publication of false and misleading information and the use of poor sources.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Fake News, Lack of Ownership Transparency Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
According to their about page “The Santa Monica Observer is a free weekly print newspaper of general circulation and interest, founded in Santa Monica, California in 1998.” The publisher is David Ganezer who ran unsuccessfully for Santa Monica City Council in 2010.
Funded by / Ownership
The Santa Monica Observer is owned by SMMC, LLC, which appears to be inactive. The website and print publication are funded through advertising.