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- Overall, we rate Zenith News Extreme Right Biased and Questionable based on editorial positions that promote hate groups as well as the use of poor sources that frequently fail fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Poor Sourcing, Promotion of Hate Groups
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017 by Charles Benninghoff, Zenith News is a conservative news-aggregation website. According to their about page, Benninghoff created the website “out of his frustration with the so-called “Main Stream Media” and its slanted reporting.” They further state “ZENITH NEWS® believe in #FAITH #FAMILY and #FLAG (#FFF) as guiding principals for an organized society; and we reject #Anarchism, #Collectivisim, and all forms of #Socialism.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Zenith News claims to be a Wyoming Corporation with revenue derived from a store that sells conservative merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Zenith News primarily serves as a News Aggregator, however, they also provide original content that is produced by users of the website. Most original stories are opinion pieces that universally favor the right and frequently use loaded emotional language such as this The Grand Jihad: Eliminating and Destroying Western Civilization. This piece uses poor questionable sources to supports its claim such as DavidHarrisJR.com and the Center for Security Policy, which is rated a hate group by third-party sources. Other stories such as Going Forward: Bill Gates and the Globalist Agenda promotes conspiracies related to vaccines and the enslavement of mankind through left-leaning policies.
Aggregated news almost exclusively comes from questionable far-right sources with poor fact check records. Some examples are the hate group Jihad Watch, Russian propaganda site Sputnik, Conservative Firing Line, and conspiracy website Zero Hedge. In general, Zenith News produces low factual content with an extreme right-wing bias that promotes sources labeled as hate groups.
Failed Fact Checks
- They have not been fact-checked.
Overall, we rate Zenith News Extreme Right Biased and Questionable based on editorial positions that promote hate groups as well as the use of poor sources that frequently fail fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 10/24/2020)
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