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- Overall, we rate The Liberty Daily Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, use of sources who routinely fail fact checks as well as a complete lack of transparency regarding who is behind the website.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2010, The Liberty Daily is a news and opinion website with a tagline that reads “The Conservative Alternative to the Drudge Report.” This seems to imply they are more right wing biased than the Drudge Report. The website does not provide an about page nor specify an owner, thereby lacking transparency.
Funded by / Ownership
Although The Liberty Daily does not openly disclose who owns the site, at the bottom of the pages it shows it is held by Freedom Media Group LLC. The Freedom Media Group is comprised of The Liberty Daily and The Politistick, which does not appear active at this time. Matthew Burke is listed as the CEO and also as editor-in-chief for The Liberty Daily. Revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Liberty Daily does not produce original content. Like the Drudge Report they link to curated/aggregated news stories from other sources. The story selection always favors the right and most times denigrates the left. In order to review the bias and credibility of The Liberty Daily, we simply followed the links to see what sources they led to. We randomly chose 50 news stories and calculated the sources used. Out of 50 stories, all sources used were either rate Right Biased, Questionable, or Conspiracy-Pseudoscience. In fact, more than 50% of the sources used were either Questionable or Conspiracy sites. Some notable sources used are Breitbart (Questionable), DcDirtyLaundry (Questionable), Neon Nettle (Conspiracy), Big League Politics (Questionable) and Red State (Questionable). Further, 100% of the sources had a factual rating of Mixed or less. In general, The Liberty Daily curates strongly right leaning news from sources that are not always factual.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check as they do not produce original content. However, the sources used on this website have failed numerous fact checks.
Overall, we rate The Liberty Daily Questionable based on extreme right wing bias, use of sources who routinely fail fact checks as well as a complete lack of transparency regarding who is behind the website. (D. Van Zandt 8/30/2019)
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