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- Overall, we rate Vigilant Citizen a right biased tin foil hat conspiracy website based on the promotion of debunked or unproven claims. We also rate them low for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and a lack of transparency.
Factual Reporting: LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2008, Vigilant Citizen promotes conspiracy theories involving hidden symbolism in the media. According to their about page they state “this site aims to go beyond the face value of symbols found in pop culture to reveal their esoteric meaning.” This website lacks transparency as they do not list authors or ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
The website does not disclose ownership and revenue is derived through advertising and sale of an E-Book.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Vigilant Citizen publishes right-wing conspiracy theories about symbolism as well as other topics. For example, in this story Kevin Spacey Posted a Chilling Video on YouTube One Day Before the Sudden Death of His Accuser, they claim there is a hidden message in the video that links Kevin Spacey to the deaths of three people who have accused him of misconduct. This story is only sourced to a video with speculation added by Vigilant Citizen. They also promote without evidence that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered such as this: Was Jeffrey Epstein Murdered? While it may or may not be true that he was murdered, there isn’t evidence to suggest he was. Finally, Vigilant Citizen holds a favorable view of President Trump as they are concerned with witches casting spells on him Witches Worldwide Target Trump in Mass Occult Ritual. In general, this a tinfoil hat level conspiracy website that often promotes debunked or impossible to prove claims.
Overall, we rate Vigilant Citizen a right biased tin foil hat conspiracy website based on the promotion of debunked or unproven claims. We also rate them low for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and a lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 1/1/2017) Updated (1/25/2020)