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- Overall, we rate Stopping Socialism right biased and Questionable based on the use of poor sources, lack of transparency, and the promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories.
Reasoning: Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Propaganda, Conspiracies
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2019 by the Heartland Institute and The Henry Dearborn Institute for Liberty, Stopping Socialism is a website focused on the moral dangers associated with socialism and communism. The primary focus is the fight against the Great Reset which is a theory promoted by Glen Beck. He regularly promotes this through a podcast featuring Justin Haskins. The website is led by Heartland Institute Executive Editor, Justin Haskins.
Funded by / Ownership
The Heartland Institute, which is funded by the fossil fuel industry, manages and funds the Stopping Socialism Project website. Justin Haskins is the editor of the site. Revenue is generated through advertising and a store that sells merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Stopping Socialism typically focuses on conspiracies promoted by right-leaning commentators such as Glenn Beck. For example, they promote the Great Reset Theory that is a supposed plan by global elitists to redistribute wealth on an international level “Glenn Beck Reveals How the Great Reset Would Destroy Individual Liberty and Transform the World”. This is considered a conspiracy theory by many sources including the Anti-Defamation League. They also publish articles with strong emotional wording such as “Biden’s ‘Climate Czar’ Makes Shocking Comments About the Anti-Capitalism Great Reset: ‘It Will Happen’” in which they source National Review.
Editorially, Stopping Socialism publishes Creators Syndicate columnists articles such as this by syndicated right-leaning columnist Patrick Buchanan “A dark winter for the Grand Old Party” and Veronique de Rugy who is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute “Romney’s Family Security Act Redistributes Wealth, Creates Distortions, Grows Government”.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date, however, they frequently use writers and sources who have failed numerous fact checks.
Overall, we rate Stopping Socialism right biased and Questionable based on the use of poor sources, lack of transparency, and the promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories. (M. Huitsing 2/13/2021)