Last updated on May 19th, 2021 at 04:21 pm
Reasoning: Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency, Fake News
Bias Rating: EXTREME RIGHT
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2016, The Red Elephants have an about page, but who maintains the site is unknown. They describe their mission as “The Red Elephants is an organization of like-minded conservatives that have come together to spread awareness and truth.” The website completely lacks transparency.
Funded by / Ownership
The Red Elephants does not disclose ownership; however, it appears to be owned by Vincent James. Donations to Patreon and a shop that sells merchandise generates revenue. At the time of this review, there is a 403 Forbidden error when entering the shop.
Analysis / Bias
The Red Elephants reports all news with an extreme right-wing bias as they use loaded and sensational headlines such as this: ‘LIAWATHA’ – ‘POCAHONTAS’ – ‘CHIEF SPREADING BULL’ – LOOK OUT, LIZ WARREN AT IT AGAIN!” Further, they source poorly, if at all, for example: “SCREW THE INFRASTRUCTURE, CALIFORNIA JUST PROPOSED A BILL TO HELP TRANSGENDER INMATES…” The Red Elephants also report conspiracy theories such as: “OBAMA SHADOW GOVERNMENT: WIRETAPPING AND ROBO-CALLS?” They have also published fake news stories such as: ‘Democrats Legalize Child Prostitution in California,” which is refuted by fact checkers.
During 2020 – 2021 The Red Elephants frequently promoted false and misleading information regarding the Coronavirus and the Presidential election. For example, they make false statements such as this Donald Trump Won the Election On Election Night — Now Media Reinforces What the BBC Calls Textbook Election Fraud, Declare Joe Biden the Victor Anyway. Regarding Coronavirus, they have made false statements such as this CDC Now Admits that Only 6% of COVID Deaths are Caused by COVID Alone. The Rest Included Cardiac Arrest, Flu, and Other Causes. Lastly, this source has been linked to the Alt-Right hate movement.
Failed Fact Checks
- They have yet to be checked by an IFCN fact-checker. See above.
Overall, we rate The Red Elephants a Questionable source based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracies, a lack of transparency, and fake news, as well as links to hate groups. (M. Huitsing 9/15/2017) Updated (5/19/2021)