Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2015, The Horn News is a news and opinion blog with a strong conservative bias. According to their about page “The Horn News is direct, honest, conservative — and often outspoken. But we’re never dull, and we’re not afraid to take on the mainstream media’s “fake news” spin.” They list their associate publisher as “Stephen Dietrich, an outspoken conservative and decorated veteran of the war in Iraq.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Horn News is owned by New Market Health, LLC, which is a publishing and supplement company. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the blog does not publish original news, but rather utilizes other sources news and offers opinions that generally favor the right. Most stories serve as propaganda for the Trump administration such as this Trump announces his greatest accomplishment. In fact, it is not possible to find criticism of Trump on this blog. However, there is the frequent denigration of liberals such as this Hillary Clinton emerges from hiding, report says. This story is sourced to tweets only. Regarding sourcing, The Horn News occasionally sources credible outlets such as USA Today, but more frequently sources poor far-right sources such as the Gateway Pundit. In general, The Horn News is an extreme right-wing biased source that does not always publish factual news.
A factual search reveals they have failed a couple of fact checks.
- Says Hillary Clinton’s “State Department blocked investigation into Orlando killer’s mosque.” – FALSE
- “This issue of busing voters in to New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real, it’s very serious.” – PANTS ON FIRE
Overall, we rate The Horn News Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda, and a few failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 4/15/2017) Updated (2/1/2020)