Last updated on August 6th, 2020 at 10:57 am
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- Overall, we rate Veterans Today a Tin Foil Hat Conspiracy website that frequently promotes antisemitism. We also rate them Low for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks and promotion of misleading information.
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2003 by John Allen Veterans Today is a news and opinion website that generally promotes conspiracies related to the military and Israel. According to their about page “VT is dedicated to providing comprehensive news, information, and advocacy to U.S Military Veterans and the greater global community.” They further state “Editors and writers are NOT employees or contractors of VT. They receive NO salary or fee for their content. They control all their content. VT does NOT censor or vet their articles.” Veteran’s Today lists their board and staff here.
Funded by / Ownership
Veterans Today claims to be under an LLC of the same name, however, we are unable to find its existence. Revenue is derived through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Veterans Today has been labeled an Antisemitic hate group as well as Pro-Kremlin. Article and headlines often contain loaded emotional language such as this Russia strongly supports cancelling US election to keep puppet Trump in office. This story is essentially unsourced, though there is one link to Russian propaganda source Sputnik News. In general, Veterans Today hold a very negative view of President Trump such as this WaPo: Election Rigging Underway with Trump Abuses of Power.
Veterans Today routinely publishes conspiracy theories such as claiming 9/11 was orchestrated by Israel as well as claiming Julian Assange and Wikileaks are controlled by Israel. They frequently display antisemitic views such as promoting holocaust denial The six-million figure: another holocaust lie and the lying liars who enable it. The Anti-Defamation League has described VT as a “website that presents anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” Further, according to The Jerusalem Post, the website has published “articles defending Hitler, and promotes Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and the anti-semitic musician Gilad Atzmon.”
When not promoting hate, Veterans Today frequently publishes false and misleading information as seen below in our failed fact checks. In general, they are a tin foil hat conspiracy website that routinely promotes antisemitic messages.
Failed Fact Checks
- Claimed that the CIA official in charge of the U.S. operation that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), died in the crash. – Unsupported
- “Israel dropped a tactical nuclear weapon on the port of Beirut.” – False
- Has Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warrant for the arrest of George Soros? – False
- Conspiracy claims that Syrian gas attack was ‘false flag’ are unproven – False
Overall, we rate Veterans Today a Tin Foil Hat Conspiracy website that frequently promotes antisemitism. We also rate them Low for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks and promotion of misleading information. (8/10/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 8/06/2020)