- Overall, we rate The Final Call as a Conspiracy-Pseudoscience source based on the promotion of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, lack of transparent sourcing, and labeling as a hate group by independent organizations. This source has a Mixed factual rating due to the use of poor sources and the publication of unverified claims.
Bias Rating: CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1979 and first published in Minister Louis Farrakhan’s South Chicago basement, The Final Call is the official newspaper of The Nation of Islam (NOI), the largest Black nationalist organization in the U.S. It positions itself as an alternative to mainstream media; with coverage on national news, politics, and world affairs, prominently featuring perspectives from Farrakhan and the NOI.
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Analysis / Bias
The Final Call consistently reflects views associated with the Nation of Islam and Minister Louis Farrakhan. The SPLC and ADL have accused the Nation of Islam and Minister Farrakhan of promoting anti-white sentiment, homophobia, and anti-Semitism, claims which Farrakhan has consistently denied. For example, he responded to these organizations directly in his statement titled “The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan Issues a Statement on the Lawsuit against the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Simon Wiesenthal Center” seeking to rebut the allegations of bigotry directed at him and the Nation of Islam.
Moreover, The Final Call includes narratives that align with anti-vaccine misinformation, potentially fostering vaccine hesitancy among its readers. The article “Unmasking Mr. Dershowitz,” promotes conspiracy theories, with claims that vaccines are “proven to have been injurious to populations around the world.” It also suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine is intended to “carry out the Henry Kissinger doctrine… which calls for a massive culling of the world’s population.” These claims lack support from scientific studies or endorsements from reputable health organizations. Such assertions are characteristic of misinformation and are unsupported by scientific consensus.
Regarding sourcing practices, The Final Call often relies on direct quotations without hyperlinks to original sources, which hinders the ability of readers to verify and contextualize the information presented.
Editorially, the owner of The Final Call, Minister Louis Farrakhan, has been known to express both praise and criticism of public figures, including Donald Trump, suggesting the outlet’s political views are not strictly partisan and the stance on individuals may vary depending on the specific issue at hand. Such instances demonstrate that the outlet’s political affiliations may not align straightforwardly with partisan perspectives. However, on some positions, such as LGBTQ rights, they align with social conservatives.
Failed Fact Checks
- None directly by a third-party fact-checker; however, there is evidence of the promotion of conspiracy theories related to Jewish people and pseudoscience with vaccines.
Overall, we rate The Final Call as a Conspiracy-Pseudoscience source based on the promotion of anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, lack of transparent sourcing, and labeling as a hate group by independent organizations. This source has a Mixed factual rating due to the use of poor sources and the publication of unverified claims. (M. Huitsing 11/06/2023)
Last Updated on November 20, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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