Launched in 2019, War Room is the podcast of conservative former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon. The website warroom.org is the associated website that hosts the podcast and publishes news and opinion articles. According to their about page, “War Room: Pandemic is a news site and podcast with former Trump campaign CEO and White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon, former chief of staff to Nigel Farage, Raheem Kassam, and WarRoom’s own Jack Maxey.”
In October 2022, Bannon was convicted on two counts of contempt of Congress and sentenced to 4 months in prison. The indictment alleged that Bannon failed to comply with a subpoena from the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee seeking information about his role on the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Steve Bannon has been labeled a racist and white supremacist by some sources.
Funded by / Ownership
Warroom.org does not disclose ownership. It is assumed to be owned by Steve Bannon. His podcast is also aired on the far right and Questionable Real America’s Voice and Newsmax. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
The War Room website publishes Bannon’s War Room podcast. The website also features text news and opinion articles by Bannon and others. Bannon’s podcast frequently promotes conspiracy theories and pseudoscience through questionable guests like Mike Lindell, Peter Navarro, Alex Jones, and Naomi Wolfe. All of these people have either promoted unsubstantiated claims of election fraud in the 2020 election or pseudoscience related to Covid-19 and vaccines.
Editorially, all stories favor the extreme right, such as this Fauci’s Replacement Signed Deals Pushing Research Collaboration With Chinese Communist Party In Wuhan, Responsible For Secret Reversal Of Gain-of-Function Funding Ban. Others denigrate the left like this: Biden’s Deceitful Open Border Plan Increases Legal Pathways For Title XIII Workarounds.
Further, almost every story reviewed either promotes conspiracy theories, pseudoscience, or disinformation, such as this Episode 845 – An Infinite Bioweapon … How the CCP Virus Weakened the Church and How to Fix It (w/ Maria Luisa, Brian McCall, Dr. Maria Ryan, Dr. Yan, Drew Mason) and this Episode 1,232 – Exposing the Stolen Election. There is no evidence that Covid is a bioweapon or that the 2020 election was stolen.
In general, Steve Bannon’s War Room is a vehicle to promote far-right disinformation propaganda as a means to sow division and create chaos. To put it in perspective, “War Room” is less credible than the Gateway Pundit and rivals Infowars in its blatant promotion of disinformation.
Failed Fact Checks
- Social media users are sharing the false claim that people aged 25 to 44 in the United States experienced an 84% increase in excess mortality due to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. – False
- Babies of vaccinated mothers are dying in disproportionate numbers and the COVID-19 vaccines are responsible. – Inaccurate
- “The Biden administration is bringing amendments that would propose that all nations of the earth cede their sovereignty over national health care decisions to the WHO.” – False
- COVID-19 vaccines will make SARS-CoV-2 more dangerous due to a mechanism called antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) – Misleading
- Kari Lake’s lawsuit “exposes Arizona used no signature verification.” – False
- There are many more.
Overall, we rate Steve Bannon’s War Room Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, promotion of conspiracies, pseudoscience, propaganda, and numerous instances of publishing disinformation and false news. (D. Van Zandt 12/17/2022)
Last Updated on December 17, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check