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- Overall, we rate the DC Patriot Far-Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and propaganda as well as the use of poor sources, a lack of transparency, and false claims.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Conspiracy, Propaganda, Poor Sources, Lack Of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2019 by Matt Couch, The DC Patriot is a conservative news and opinion blog that also hosts Matt Couch’s Podcast. The website generally lacks transparency as they do not provide an about page describing their conservative bias, nor openly disclose ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
The DC Patriot does not disclose ownership on the website, however, the website is owned by Matt Couch through America First Media. A Patreon page states “My name is Matt Couch, and I’m the Founder of America First Media & The DC Patriot.” Revenue is derived through advertising, donations, and a shop that sells conservative themed merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The DC Patriot provides a link to Matt Couch’s podcast as well as publishes summarized news stories with additional conservative commentary. All stories favor the right and utilize loaded emotional wording such as this SHOCKER: Amazon Offers to Help Biden with COVID Vaccinations and this ON DAY ONE BIDEN BEGINS HIS MISSION OF DESTROYING TRUMP’S LEGACY AND AMERICA’S FUTURE. The first story is sourced from ABC News, while the second is not sourced at all. The DC Patriot sometimes relies on unreliable sources such as Trending Politics and OANN. Editorially, all stories favor the right and in particular former President Donald Trump.
Failed Fact Checks
- “NYC Banning Hot Dogs As Part Of Green New Deal” – Mostly False
- The Arizona Senate President release evidence of voter fraud one hour after Joe Biden was sworn in as president – False
Overall, we rate the DC Patriot Far-Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and propaganda as well as the use of poor sources, a lack of transparency, and false claims. (D. Van Zandt 1/23/2021)