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Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE
Factual Reporting: VERY-HIGH
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2006, Skeptoid is a podcast and website run by Brian Dunning who also contributes to SkepticBlog. Skeptoid is a myth, urban myth, and pseudo-science debunking site.
Funded by / Ownership
Skeptoid is owned by Skeptoid Media, Inc through Brian Dunning, which is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Revenue is derived through donations and store that sells branded merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Skeptoid primarily debunks four types of pseudoscience such as consumer fraud like magic jewelry, urban legends such as hauntings, alternative medicine such as detoxification, and conspiracy theories covering chemtrails, 911, and others. Articles on the website are transcripts/summaries of the podcasts such as this Aromatherapy: Sniffing Essential Oils. In general, they debunk pseudoscience and conspiracies with evidence and align with our Very-High factual category.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Skeptoid to be a pro-science source based on debunking conspiracies and pseudoscience with evidence. (D. Kelley 2/12/2017) Updated (3/5/2021)