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.
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Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda
Notes: Subject Politics is an extreme right wing news and opinion website as evidenced by their mission statement on their About page: “It is our mission to disrupt the liberal echo-chamber of victimization, moral relativism, and political correctness that suppresses honest conversation and debate.” Subject Politics uses extreme loaded language in headlines such as this: “IT’S OVER! Trump Just Went On Twitter & EXPOSED Obama’s Sick Plan! **MAKE THIS GO VIRAL.” The words “Sick Plan” is a highly negative connotation that attempts to blame former President Obama for a judges decision, where there isn’t evidence to support it. Further, in this same article they copy and paste this quote as evidence of Obama’s “sick plan”: “JUDGE WILLIAM H. ORRICK, THE FEDERAL JUDGE IN SAN FRANSISCO (spelling error), WHO BLOCKED TRUMP’S ORDER THAT WOULD DEFUND SANCTUARY CITIES, IS AN OBAMA DONOR WHO GAVE $200,000 TO GET HIM ELECTED!” There isn’t a source for this quote, so we don’t know who said it or made that claim, in fact there isn’t any source at all for this news article other than some tweets from President Trump. Furthermore, Judge Orrick did not donate 200K to Obama. He helped raise 200K through fundraising and donated 30.8K to committees supporting Obama. Whether he donated to Obama or not is not evidence of a “sick plan” to block Trump. This is a classic clickbait tactic and promotion of propaganda. Also, according to fact checkers, Subject Politics has made false claims here and here. Lastly, Subject Politics often references very questionable sources in their articles. For example, in the article entitled “TRUMP WAS RIGHT! Obama’s Top Adviser Just Leaked His WORST Nightmare,” Subject Politics uses Rush Limbaugh as a source to support their story. While Limbaugh’s claim may be true in this case, he is an admitted entertainer and has a poor track record with fact checking. (1/31/2017) Updated (D. Van Zandt 6/20/2017)
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