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 Trump Train News Questionable due to extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda through covering only one side, a complete lack of transparency, and failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Lack of Transparency, Fake News
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2016, Trump Train News is a hyper-partisan conservative, Pro-Trump website. The website completely lacks transparency as they offer an about page with minimal information, they rarely name authors and ownership is not disclosed.
Funded by / Ownership
Trump Train News does not disclose ownership and revenue is derived through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Trump Train News typically quotes a news story from another source and then adds a few sentences or a paragraph of commentary. Some of the sources used are Fox News, Daily Wire, Daily Caller and The Hill. Story selection always favors the right and President Trump such as this California Governor Gavin Newsom Praises Trump’s Response to Virus. Headlines are moderately sensationalized such as this: Koch-Funded Think Tank Leader Wishes Coronavirus Death on Trump. In general, all stories favor the Right and are usually factual, however they have failed fact checks.
Failed Fact Checks
- Quotes Kamala Harris as saying: “After we impeach, we round up the Trump supporters.” – Pants on Fire
- Quotes actor Will Smith as saying: “I’m not afraid to say that Trump and his supporters are ba…” – False
Overall, we rate Trump Train News Questionable due to extreme right-wing bias, promotion of propaganda through covering only one side, a complete lack of transparency and failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 3/14/2020)