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- Overall, we rate The Beltway Report Questionable due to extreme right wing bias, promotion of propaganda and the use of poor sources who consistently fail fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Poor Sourcing
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018, The Beltway Report (TBR) is a news aggregation and opinion site that contains conservative commentary on existing news stories. According to their about page they disclaim “thebeltwayreport.com publishes commentary and opinion by conservatives and libertarians, not unbiased news reporting.” News stories list the author’s name but does not provide biographical information.
Funded by / Ownership
The Beltway Report is owned by Liberty One Broadcasting, LLC, which is owned and operated by Terry Deroy. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Beltway Report publishes news and opinions from a conservative perspective. There is the frequent use of loaded emotional language in headlines such as this President Trump Crushes ‘Mini-Mike’ After Bloomberg Attacks Church Hero, Talks Down To American Citizens [Opinion]. This opinion piece is appropriately labeled as opinion and sourced to outside links such as CNN, Wikipedia, and the questionable Gateway Pundit. A review of several articles indicates the use of poor sources such as the Daily Mail, Gateway Pundit, Breitbart, and Patriot Crier. While The Beltway Report does use credible sources they more often than not resort to poor sources as indicated above.
Story selection always favors the right and denigrates the left with stories such as this: Disgraced Pelosi Busted For Lying On The Floor Of The House About Transcript of President Trump’s Phone Call to Zelensky. They also frequently glorify the Trump administration with stories such as this: Opinion| ‘Trump Curse’ Strikes Again! After Red Sox Manager Trashes Trump, Alex Cora Gets Suspended. In general, this is a far right-wing website that promotes Pro-Trump propaganda and frequently utilizes poor sources who routinely fail fact checks.
Overall, we rate The Beltway Report Questionable due to extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, and the use of poor sources who consistently fail fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 2/16/2020)