* THE LIST * Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

The promise of alternative media is that we can do better than traditional centralized mass-media.

Reprint courtesy of Fort Liberty.

A small group of morally-challenged individuals have discovered that there is a great deal of money to be made by publishing fake news articles. These rags publish ridiculous headlines like “Monsanto is Killing Your Children”“Ukrainians Worship the Devil”, and “Hillary Clinton’s Secret Affair with Vladimir Putin”.

Website owners make money from ads that display when you click on posts. 

These inflammatory headlines are then promoted though social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  It appears that the more inflammatory and unbelievable the headline, the better it spreads through social media. Debunking these stories can be almost impossible, as the “facts” they contain are unverifiable and therefore un-falsifiable. Although there is no evidence that Hillary Clinton is having an affair with Vladimir Putin, there is also not evidence that she is not having an affair with Vladimir Putin.

A few of these web sites may be run by truly insane people who actually believe what they publish, but if so that is a small minority. One of the proofs of this is how obviously fake the articles are. Old and heavily debunked articles from several years age are routinely updated with new dates and names and republished as new stories. Some site owners may believe that they are trying to shift public opinion by convincing the public to believe outrageous lies. Followers of this Overton Window theory believe that by making wildly unbelievable and bombastic claims, their slightly less unbelievable claims will feel more acceptable to readers. While this certainly may be true, that does not make it a morally acceptable strategy for discussing public policy. Other site owners may feel that they are simply “talking to their base” and that this relieves them of any moral duty to tell the truth.

 

… a reflection of the sad state of moral thinking in our society today.

A few sites claim to be “humor” or “satire” sites and exist mainly to provide links which people can use to fool unsuspecting victims on social media. These sites will sometimes post a disclaimer in the site footer, but often these disclaimers will disappear and reappear over time. A small number of sites on our list are simply government-funded propaganda sites which post ridiculous claims from tyrannical governments which want to improve their public image or attack the public images of their opponents.

The sites on the list below are a mix of all of these types of sites. Strict categorization is not simple as many of these sites exist in multiple categories or switch between categories based upon whatever proves to be most profitable at the current time.

Each of these sites may, at times, publish legitimate news articles.

This is a useful technique for making the illegitimate articles harder to spot. The fact that a home burglar doesn’t rob houses three nights a week does not make him any less of a home burglar. The fact that some of these sites occasionally posts a legitimate article does not make the publication itself legitimate. Any news site will occasionally publish a poorly-researched article. To earn a spot on this list, the publication must show a clear disregard for the objective truth. We all know how terribly mainstream media outlets like ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN fail to promote legitimate news stories.

The promise of alternative media is …

we can do better than traditional centralized mass-media.

The publishers listed above are purposefully failing to do better. They are actually doing a worse job than the mainstream media — something many of us once thought impossible.

Reprint courtesy of Fort Liberty.

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  1. Barry Kaplan Reply

    Don’t forget to add inspiretochangetheworld to the list too.

  2. Barry Kaplan Reply

    Don’t forget to add inspiretochangetheworld to the list too.

  3. Barry Kaplan Reply

    Kim Paris, thank you for posting this. The owners of these fake patriot websites make me sick.

  4. Barry Kaplan Reply

    Kim Paris, thank you for posting this. The owners of these fake patriot websites make me sick.

  5. Barry Kaplan Reply

    Two definite adds – americasfreedomfighters.com and fury.news, who both post garbage all the time. I sometimes think these fake patriot / so called news websites are actually run by liberals who know how naive a certain percentage of conservatives are, that they’ll believe everything they read online, making the rest of us look stupid.

  6. Barry Kaplan Reply

    Two definite adds – americasfreedomfighters.com and fury.news, who both post garbage all the time. I sometimes think these fake patriot / so called news websites are actually run by liberals who know how naive a certain percentage of conservatives are, that they’ll believe everything they read online, making the rest of us look stupid.

  7. Cheryl Arledge Reply

    All “.com.co” sites are also fake.

  8. The KellyJaye Reply

    http://abcnews.com.co/ created the false report that Obama had signed an EO outlawing so-called ‘assault weapons’

  9. The KellyJaye Reply

    http://abcnews.com.co/ created the false report that Obama had signed an EO outlawing so-called ‘assault weapons’

  10. Jeff Gochnour Reply

    However I have never heard of Fort Liberty or Same Page Nation so I take everything with a grain of salt.

  11. Jeff Gochnour Reply

    The Drudge Report and others such as Breitbart with the Trump bias should be back to normal since it’s down to Trump vs. Shillery.

  12. Gary Mathis Reply

    You need to add SamePageNation.com.

  13. Rick Bulow Reply

    Now Western Journalism I would not necessarily label as a hoax or fake news website. I know I had read some of their articles and even used them in my research on various things.

    The New American Magazine is a Birch publication and I admit can be a little flighty on a few issues and topics, but on a couple others they can be spot on.

  14. TheRajLOSAngeles Reply

    Hmmmm…… everyone says everyone else is bias and/or has a false perspective……. ^that’s such a weird thing, right?^

    You’ll dump on all these Independent sources while mainstream sources literally coordinate, send out talking points, and have been caught in blatant lies while creating provable false narratives and exposed sponsored content. Wake up.

    InfoWars, by they way, has been right on about Agenda 21, Cloward and Piven, 28 pages redacted in the 9/11 report, and pretty much everything they discuss. If you’re not viewing InfoWars you’re really missing out.

  15. snowmaggedoned Reply

    And don’t forget to add Drudge Report, too!

  16. snowmaggedoned Reply

    Also add redstatewatcher.com to this list.

  17. Georgia Girl Reply

    Did you miss some? ABC, NBC, Fox, CNN?

  18. AshnWrfre Reply

    Fox news is rapidly approaching this list… Trump News all damn day!

  19. AshnWrfre Reply

    Fox news is rapidly approaching this list… Trump News all damn day!

  20. chevymon77 Reply

    4 of the worst ever,and they are not on this list : PRNTLY …The Marshall Report ….Conservative Treehouse, and RickWells.US / ConstitutionRisingDOTcom

  21. Mary Jo Reply

    Please ad ConservativeTreeHouse (Sundance) to you list. Outrageous lies/half truths and aimed at Senator Ted Cruz.

  22. LC60 Reply

    …and Breitbart, as they’ve disqualified themselves from any credibility!

    1. Elizabeth Stolarik Rieger Reply

      Breitbart!! I didn’t know he reported false stuff, but than I don’t read anything from him

  23. dragonladyalso Reply

    you need to add prntly and themarshalreport to your list – both make up fake news stories and repost things from each other’s site.

    1. JamieD✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ Reply

      And ConservativeTreeHouse. I would almost add Drudge, but he only does this by linking to false articles on Cruz.

  24. Guitarzan Reply

    Also forgot anything that starts with MoveOn.

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