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- Overall, we rate Secure Amerca Now right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, poor sourcing, a lack of transparency and failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010, Secure America Now (SAN) is a politically conservative nonprofit group that focuses on United States foreign policy issues. It says its mission is to raise security issues “to the forefront of the American debate.” The current President is Allen Roth with Mike Huckabee and John Bolton serving as notable board members.
Funded by / Ownership
Secure America Now is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization which means they do not have to disclose their donors. According to OpenSecrets as of 2016, their top donors were Hedge Fund manager Robert Mercer, former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson, and Best Buy founder Richard Schulz. Revenue is derived through donations and a shop that sells conservative-themed merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Secure America Now has a section called “Projects.” One of the projects is an interactive game called MadLibs (Mad Liberals) where you fill in the blanks just like the real game, except all of them are meant to be derogatory toward liberals. Other projects include “Guess Which Democrat” and others meant to denigrate the left. Another section is called “Our Focus” in which you can sign petitions for the following: Support Our Ally Israel, Support Our Police Officers, Support Building the Wall, Oppose Radical Islamic Terrorism, Support Maximum Sanctions on Iran, Oppose the Impeachment Hoax, among other right-leaning causes.
The website also has a blog section that produces news and commentary with a far-right bias that is often denigrating toward Democrats such as this 5 Outrageously Hypocritical Democrat Supreme Court Positions. This story does not name an author or hyperlink to external sourcing. They also republish false or unproven information from external sources such as the New York Post: Hunter Biden received $3.5M wire transfer from Russian billionaire: Senate report. In general, Secure America Now hold far-right nationalist views points that are not always factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- “For his first interview as president, Barack Obama chose Arab TV for an apology.” – Mostly False
- “0 deaths, Public Health Emergency Declared” during the “2020 Coronavirus” under President Trump. “1,000 deaths, Public Health Emergency Declared” under President Obama. – Partly False
- VP Biden threatened to withhold $1B from Ukraine to save his son’s job. – False
- Hunter Biden received $3.5 million from the wife of the former mayor of Moscow – Unproven
Overall, we rate Secure Amerca Now right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories, poor sourcing, a lack of transparency and failed fact checks. (12/10/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 10/25/2020)