Reasoning: Some Fake News
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Founded in 2017, Sick Chirpse is a hybrid satire and fake news source. A Whois search reveals the website originates from the UK. The about page does not indicate anything about the website or the owners. Since there is not an open disclaimer of Satire, we are assuming this is meant to be a fake news website to intentionally trick people into clicking and sharing.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not list ownership and funding appears to primarily come from excessive advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, we must first look at the name of the website, Sick Chirpse means to “achieve an accomplishment of a high standard in the most impressive way while keeping your cool; It can be achieved by bending the truth.” The name of the website is a dead giveaway that they are not fully telling the truth and trying to trick you. Again, a Satire disclaimer somewhere on the website would give them credibility. We call this a hybrid site because some of these outrageous stories are true such as this one: A Man Who Loved Riding On Top Of Passenger Trains Has Been Decapitated By A Bridge. While this story provides zero sourcing, it is in fact true. Sick Chirpse has also published outright fake news here.
Sick Chirpse does not appear to have a political bias, but rather publishes shocking or fake news stories.
Overall, we rate Sick Chirpse Questionable due to a lack of a disclaimer indicating some stories are satire. (D. Van Zandt 12/22/2018)