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- Overall, we rate The Last Refuge (Conservative Treehouse) far-right biased and questionable based on the use of poor sources, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, a complete lack of transparency, and numerous failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Poor Sourcing, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency, Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Last Refuge is a conservative news and opinion blog that encourages comments on their posts. According to their about page: “Fear is at the core of liberalism, and love/trust is at the core of conservatism. Liberalism is about control. Conservatism is about self-empowerment.” This biased statement is reflected in the content of the website.
The website completely lacks transparency as they do not cite authors, disclose authors, ownership, or location.
Funded by / Ownership
The Last Refuge does not indicate who owns the website and it appears to be funded through online advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Last Refuge (Conservative Treehouse) reports news with a strong conservative bias with all stories favoring the right and denigrating the left. There is considerable use of loaded language in headlines such as this: Sketchy Business: Grassley Releases Original Ford Letter to Feinstein… Although this particular article is written well and utilizes sourcing, it ends in big bold letters LIES!, conveying strong support for Judge Kavanaugh without evidence. On the website, they also list a blogroll of favorite/similar media sources that come straight from our right bias and questionable sources list. Here are a few examples: Gateway Pundit (questionable), Geller Report (questionable), Jihad Watch (questionable), and Truth Revolt (questionable). In general, the Conservative TreeHouse promotes strongly right biased propaganda and is often not factual.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate The Last Refuge (Conservative Treehouse) far-right biased and questionable based on the use of poor sources, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories, a complete lack of transparency, and numerous failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 8/1/2017) Updated (5/27/2020)