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.
- Overall, we rate Summit News Questionable based on Extreme Right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracies, misleading and unproven stories, and a complete lack of transparency.
Reasoning: Conspiracies, Misleading/Unproven Information, Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: LOW
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Launched in March 2019, Summit News is a far-right conspiracy website. Like most questionable sources this website does not have an about page nor disclosure of ownership. The primary writer appears to be Paul Joseph Watson, who is a former editor for the conspiracy website Infowars. Although not disclosed, Paul Joseph Watson appears to be the owner and editor of this website. Further, Summit News has been banned on Facebook.
Funded by / Ownership
Summit News does not disclose ownership, though it is presumed Paul Joseph Watson, former editor for Infowars is the owner. The website is funded through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Summit News publishes extreme right biased content that consistently uses loaded language such as Public Banned From Seeing School Shooting Case Involving Transgender Anti-Trump Culprit and Feminist Says Family Must Be “Abolished” to ‘Dismantle Capitalism’. Although Summit News occasionally sources to credible outlets they often link to Youtube videos and social media posts and then react with shock and outrage against the left, Muslims, and Feminists. They frequently promote conspiracy theories such as the Notre Dame Cathedral fire being set by arsonists. The source of this came from a Time journalist tweet, who then deleted the tweet within minutes, however, Summit News did not change their story. In other stories, they promote white nationalism through their fear that Whites are being replaced in countries like Canada.
Failed Fact Checks
- During the last hundred years the temperature is increased about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about 0.01°C. – Incorrect
- “Governor of Maine orders restaurant staff to wear COVID visors like dog cones” – Inaccurate
Overall, we rate Summit News Questionable based on Extreme Right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracies, misleading and unproven stories, and a complete lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 5/21/2019) Updated (5/29/2020)