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- Overall, we rate The Science News Reporter Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency and publishing satire stories without appropriate labels, which is misleading.
Reasoning: Lack of Transparency, Satire without labeling
World Press Freedom Rank: Pakistan 142/180
The Science News Reporter is a science news and satire blog that does not have an about page or list any names associated with the website. A whois search reveals the domain was registered in 2018 to a person or entity in Punjab, Pakistan.
Funded by / Ownership
The Science News Reporter does not reveal ownership or funding, however, there is considerable online advertising present on the website.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Science News Reporter usually publishes science-related news that is focused on environmental issues such as this: Bumblebee Has Officially Been Added To The Ever-Growing List Of Endangered Species. This story and most science-related stories are sourced properly through quotes or hyperlinks. On the other hand, The Science News Reporter also publishes satire that is not labeled as such. While stories such as this, Scientists: Earth Endangered By New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans, should be obvious, if not appropriately labeled it can mislead some people, such as the fact-resistant humans mentioned in this humorous article. In general, most stories are true and sourced back to factual information, however, this website is very misleading by not labeling satire stories.
Overall, we rate The Science News Reporter Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency and publishing satire stories without appropriate labels, which is misleading. (D. Van Zandt 4/26/2019)