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- Overall, we rate The Buffalo Chronicle Questionable based on far-right-wing bias, a complete lack of transparency, promotion of propaganda/conspiracy theories, and several failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Lack of Transparency, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2014, The Buffalo Chronicle is an online news source serving Buffalo and Western New York. The website does not have an about page, nor does it disclose ownership. The website also does not list an editor and the writers lack biographical information.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not disclose ownership, however, according to The Canada Land Show, the owner is Matthew Ricchiazzi, who is a “failed municipal candidate in Buffalo.” The website is funded through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Buffalo Chronicle is an online newspaper that focuses on local news in the Buffalo area. They also report news from other locations in New York as well as Washington D.C. Headlines of articles often contains loaded language that favors the Right such as this: Obama’s pathetic ‘Blame Fox’ excuse. This article is essentially a short summary of a New York Post article. Further, articles written by staff are right biased and pro-Trump. Local news also features strong right-wing bias in attacking local Democrats such as this: That time Poloncarz appointed ‘patronage hack’ to supervise CPS, following brazen fraud scheme. In general, The Buffalo Chronicle reports favorably on the right and negatively on the left.
The Buffalo Chronicle has also been cited for publishing false information about Canada.
Failed Fact Checks
- Is New York State about to ban cigarette sales to combat the novel coronavirus? – False
- Canada’s national newspaper was not barred from publishing a scandal involving PM Trudeau – False
- In 2001, Justin Trudeau left his teaching job at the West Point Grey Academy after having a sexual relationship with either a student or a student’s mother. – Unproven
- “Mitt Romney has been asked to lead Health and Human Services in Biden administration.” – False
- Did mob boss Joey Merlino, also known as “Skinny Joey,” help Joe Biden win Philadelphia by getting him 300,000 fraudulent votes? – False
Overall, we rate The Buffalo Chronicle Questionable based on far-right-wing bias, a complete lack of transparency, promotion of propaganda/conspiracy theories, and several failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 5/2/2019) Updated (11/18/2020)