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 Toronto Today Questionable based on the use of poor sources, numerous failed fact checks, and the blatant publication of fake news.
Reasoning: Poor sourcing, Fake News, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in 2020 by Mark Slapinski, Toronto Today is a news and opinion website that has published fake news. According to their about page “Toronto Today tells you what biased, corporate media won’t. Working-class, Indigenous, and African-Canadian people are underserved by the media. Let’s change that. Those in positions of authority and those that work in the mainstream media need to stop lying.”
Funded by / Ownership
Toronto Today is owned by Mark Slapinski with revenue derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Toronto Today reports news with sensational headlines such as this Is Trudeau the Worst Prime Minister? According to many, yes. While this article is clearly against the left-leaning Trudeau, they also appear to support the left with articles such as this BLM protesters attacked by hockey-stick wielding racist in Winnipeg. This story is sourced to tweets. In another story, which appears on our failed fact checks list, they claim that Vladimir Putin’s daughter died due to taking a second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. The sources for this story are unnamed sources within the Kremlin and a Tarot Card Reading from Youtube. In general, information is poorly sourced and may have a left-leaning bias, but it is hard to determine based on the routine publication of fake news.
Failed Fact Checks
- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s daughter died on Aug. 15, 2020, after taking a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. – False
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. – False
- Says Chadwick Boseman was poisoned and his death is being investigated as a homicide. – Pants on Fire
- Did officials say arsonists responsible for starting the fires in California on August 15, 2020? – False
Overall, we rate Toronto Today Questionable based on the use of poor sources, numerous failed fact checks, and the blatant publication of fake news. (D. Van Zandt 9/16/2020)