Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2016, The National Pulse is a Washington-based political news and news media publication. The National Pulse promotes a conservative line on a wide range of issues such as Planned Parenthood, LGBT, and Common Core. The National Pulse is also affiliated with the questionable American Principles Project which advocates for immigration reform, banning abortions, and denying LGBTQ equal rights.
Funded by / Ownership
The National Pulse is owned by The American Principles Project (APP), which is a 501(c)(3) think tank founded in 2009 by Robert George, Jeff Bell, and Frank Cannon. APP promotes a combination of libertarian and socially conservative policies. The Southern Poverty Law Center has accused American Principles Project of promoting conspiracies but has not formally labeled them a hate group. Revenue is derived through advertising and donations to the APP.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The National Pulse’s reporting regarding politics uses strong emotional loaded words such as in this article “LGBT Activists Spending Big to Elect Transgender Candidate in Virginia.” They also only cover one side of the story that favors their conservative causes. Although they do source their articles, it is typically to far-right sources that have poor track records with fact-checkers.
Editorially, they promote conservative policies such as anti-immigration, anti-abortion, and anti-gay marriage positions. They also frequently rail against Planned Parenthood such as this, 10 Disturbing Facts from Planned Parenthood’s (Late) Annual Report. Finally, The National Post occasionally promotes conspiracy theories such as this: EXCLUSIVE: CCP-Linked Firm Targets U.S. Schoolkids With Chinese ‘Morality and Values’, Shows CCP Military Parades in Schools. While elements of this article are true, the author claims “In light of coronavirus, virtual learning is the only remaining avenue for the CCP to turn American school children into 21st century little red guards”, which simply is not supported by evidence. This is a conspiracy theory created by the author. In general, news and commentary contain extreme right perspectives that occasionally promote conspiracy theories, while the parent organization has made false claims.
Failed Fact Checks
- Does the Black Lives Matter website for ‘Defund The Police’ donations go to ActBlue, the ‘Biden For President’ campaign’s top source of donations? – False
- Ford Motor Co. has donated millions of dollars to groups and initiatives that support defunding or abolishing police forces. – False
- Fabricated genetic sequences were used to support the hypothesis that the virus arose naturally – False
Overall, we rate The National Pulse Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as affiliation with a known questionable group, and a few failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 8/21/2017) Updated (10/16/2020)