A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.
- Overall, we rate The Nationalist Review, extreme right biased and Questionable based on the use of poor sources, lack of transparency, and one-sided misleading reporting.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Conspiracy
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017 by five unnamed journalists, The Nationalist Review is a news and opinion website that reports from a populist, nationalist conservative perspective. According to their about us, they describe themselves as providing “Right Wing commentary for Nationalists and patriotic Americans.”
According to their FAQ page, they are not an ethno-nationalist or white nationalist website. They also state the primary purpose of the website is to promote issues with immigration where they state “our immigration system has been abused and must be restricted, and we strongly desire for the extreme reduction of legal immigration and the deportation of all those here illegally. Frankly, some of us would like it to be halted permanently.”
The website lacks transparency as they do not name authors or provide bios and they do not explicitly name ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
The Nationalist Review does not clearly indicate ownership, however, the website is copyrighted to Brett McDonald and Paypal donations also lead to that name, therefore it would appear he is the primary owner. Not much is known about McDonald, though his profile on the far-right social media network Gab, reads “Unabashed Nationalist, #Trump2016 to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.” According to his Quora profile he “Studied Political Theory at Boston College.” Revenue is derived through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Nationalist Review primarily publishes news stories from other sources with added right-wing commentary. News is broken into the categories “Politics” and “culture.” There is the frequent use of loaded emotional language that often portrays immigrants, people of color, and the political left negatively. For example, in this story, they use the headline New Black Panthers Shut Down Corner Store And Intimidate The Clerk With Firearm, while it is possible this story is true, they only provide links to Twitter and an individual’s Instagram account. Therefore, they are forming an opinion without actual substantiated evidence. In another misleading story Black Lives Matter Member Walks Into Retired Cop’s Bar And Murders Three People While Smiling, they make the claim that the murderer is a member of Black Lives Matter based on being black and wearing a Colin Kaepernick T-Shirt. They reference the Questionable right-wing conspiracy website The Gateway Pundit, which also contains an error, stating he was wearing Breonna Taylor T-shirt. The Nationalist Review also fails to mention that one of the people killed in this incident was black.
Editorially, all stories on this website favor the nationalist right and frequently support President Donald Trump such as this Call Them: These Four Republican Traitors Want To Prevent Trump From Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In general, The Nationalist Review publishes stories and commentary that align with the far-right and promote nationalism.
Failed Fact Checks
- They have not been directly fact-checked.
Overall, we rate The Nationalist Review, extreme right biased and Questionable based on the use of poor sources, lack of transparency, and one-sided misleading conspiracies on race. (D. Van Zandt 9/22/2020)