Last updated on April 20th, 2020 at 10:08 am
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 Union Journal Questionable based on being an imposter website that lacks transparency and is unreadable based on using machine based text re-writers or poor writing that is difficult to understand.
Reasoning: Imposter Site, Lack of Transparency
Founded in 2019, The Union Journal is an imposter news and opinion website. They completely lack transparency as location is not revealed, authors do not have bio’s, the about page claims they are a financial website (they are not) and ownership is not revealed. The two names associated with the website are Miriam Jackson and Carlos Christian.
Funded by / Ownership
The Union Journal does not disclose ownership. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Union Journal is an imposter website, meaning it looks like an official newspaper website covering New York City. We are not rating this website for bias because they simply publish anything they can. Here is how it works. They take a credible news story from a source like the New York Times and then run the text through text re-writer (or it is re-written by someone with poor English language skills.) This is apparently done to prevent plagiarism. Unfortunately, this technology is not very advanced, which results in sentences that do not make sense. For example, here is text from a New York Times story they published: “Rather than the puckish humor she used in jabbing at Mr. Marcos, her more recent tone was often sarcastic.” This is what that sentence looks like on The Union Journal “Rather than the puckish wit she made use of in jabbing atMr Marcos, her even more current tone was usually ironical.” And yes, the bunched together text also comes from copying and pasting directly from the text re-writer or so it seems.
Although The Union Journal is republishing real news stories from credible sources they are essentially unreadable after being re-written by a machine.
Overall, we rate The Union Journal Questionable based on being an imposter website that lacks transparency and is unreadable based on using machine based text re-writers or poor writing that is difficult to understand. (D. Van Zandt 1/18/2020) Updated (4/20/20)