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- Overall, we rate The Science News Reporter Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency and a website that appears to be broken.
Reasoning: Lack of Transparency
Bias Rating: UNRATED
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rating: LIMITED FREEDOM
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY
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
From our previous review in 2019: 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, and 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, and there is evidence of plagiarism.
In early 2023, it appears the old content has been removed, but they still lack transparency. On the date of this review, webpages were not loading, returning error messages.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate The Science News Reporter Questionable based on a complete lack of transparency and a website that appears to be broken. (D. Van Zandt 4/26/2019) Updated (01/13/2023)
Last Updated on January 13, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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