Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

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”. These inflammatory headlines are then promoted though social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The owners of these sites make money from ads that display on their sites when people read the articles. 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 unfalsifiable. 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. This is 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.

  • 21StCenturyWire.com
  • 800WhistleBlower.com
  • ActivistPost.com
  • Alternet.org
  • AmericanNews.com
  • AntiWar.com
  • BeforeItsNews.com
  • BigPZone.com
  • Chronicle.su
  • ConsciousLifeNews.com
  • ConspiracyWire.com
  • CountdownToZeroTime.com
  • CounterPsyOps.com
  • DailyBuzzLive.com
  • DailyCurrant.com
  • DCClothesLine.com
  • Disclose.tv
  • DuffelBlog.com
  • DuhProgressive.com
  • EliteReaders.com
  • EmpireNews.net
  • English.ruvr.ru
  • EUTimes.net
  • FederalistPress.com
  • FreePatriot.org
  • FromTheTrenchesWorldReport.com
  • GeoEngineeringWatch.org
  • GlobalResearch.ca
  • GonzoGlobe.com
  • GovtSlaves.info
  • GuardianLV.com
  • GulagBound.com
  • HangTheBankers.com
  • HealthImpactNews.com
  • HumansAreFree.com
  • Huzlers.com
  • InfoWars.com
  • IntelliHub.com
  • LewRockwell.com
  • LibertyNews.com
  • LiveFreeLiveNatural.com
  • NationalReport.net
  • NaturalCuresNotMedicine.com
  • NaturalNews.com
  • Newswire-24.com
  • NoDisinfo.com
  • NotAllowedTo.com
  • Now8News.com
  • NowTheEndBegins.com
  • PakAlertPress.com
  • PoliticalBlindSpot.com
  • PressTV.ir
  • PrisonPlanet.com
  • RandPaulReview.com
  • RawForBeauty.com
  • RealFarmacy.com
  • RedFlagNews.com
  • ResponsibleTechnology.org
  • RT.com
  • SecretsOfTheFed.com
  • SouthWeb.org
  • TheCommonSenseShow.com
  • TheControversialFiles.net
  • TheDailySheeple.com
  • TheFreeThoughtProject
  • TheLastGreatStand.com
  • TheNewAmerican.com
  • TheRacketReport.com
  • TheRightPlanet.com
  • TheRunDownLive.com
  • TheUSPatriot.com
  • TopInfoPost.com
  • TruthAndAction.org
  • TruthBroadcastNetwork.com
  • TurnerRadioNetwork.com
  • UndergroundHealth.com
  • USAHitman.com
  • VeteransToday.com
  • WesternJournalism.com
  • WhyDontYouTryThis.com
  • WorldNewsDailyReport.com
  • WorldTruth.tv
  • YourNewsWire.com

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 that 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.

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140 comments
InconvenientTruth
InconvenientTruth

The top of this list should include ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC . . . . . . 

DavidBurton
DavidBurton

So, you have made this up too.  The first site you mention is a GOOD site.  So I suppose that the PTB actually concoct news and then mix the fake sites with the real ones to throw everyone off the track.  It's being able to do stuff without ruining reputations, as should be the case.  What should be the penalty for deliberately concocting news?  What do we do with thieves and liars?  

MsGroovy
MsGroovy

So.. someone make a post or list of really great news sites? Is there such a thing? Hell with all I have been thru lately I do not trust anyone.. or anything... I can't... I have been lied to and found so much stupidity over the past few years that I totally feel I have to rely on my gut feeling on everything... I can't find 1 decent news site that I can be dedicated to that I can feel is honest about anything :( To be honest. I always check Snopes before I post anything on facebook out of being worried that what I read is probably crap... Now I am reading in several posts here that Snopes should be on the list above?? really?...unreal :(.. So tell me.. what is a person suppose to do to find out TRUE and HONEST news?

RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@MsGroovy As soon as a source gets any kind of reputation obviously, the families with trillions in assets send people to make arrangements as to how they might be 'more effective' and they worm their way into position to gain control one way or the other...or like with Breitbart take him out if he won't play their game.

Obviously things like NBC, CNN and Fox are first order of the day to control.  Fox had many people featured whose information runs contrary to the agenda driving things overall.  However this ALSO serves a good purpose when one is trying to create strong polarization in the culture in hopes of getting major civil unrest started.

And then onward down the list.  Breitbart is now posting some disinfo stuff.  Apparently overtaken from the inside in absence of their founder.  Infowars is a bit puzzling on this one.  Jones appeared a true maverick at first but many pointed out things that seemed inconsistent..but then..Trump....he features the story showing the flagrant fraud in the Obama Birth certificate and meanwhile Trump having championed that cause drops it immediately when the damning evidence breaks. 

I'm puzzled why this issue never came up between them near as I can tell...  Why didn't Trump use his platform to say "Mr. President what kind of fraud are you trying to perpetrate on the American people here?  This is a FRAUD document with COMPUTER GENERATED FONTS IN IT!!  Who's number is this really where you pasted a 1 over whatever the last digit really was.  Let me see that actual document please"

DevineJustice
DevineJustice

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see..,

StanMiller1
StanMiller1

This story is from YourNewsWire which is on the list.

RobertHurley1
RobertHurley1

The great thing about the internet is that it is NOT difficult to check primary sources. The BAD thing about the internet is that it's SO easy, most people neglect to DO so...

Blank Reg
Blank Reg

OH, I just looked at the list in detail, and it's clear now, you people have a specific agenda. Never mind...

Blank Reg
Blank Reg

LewRockwell is just fine, and should be removed. But TheDailyBell is missing. They have gone off the deep end of late spouting about how the moon landings and Hiroshima were faked.

DavidTaylor1
DavidTaylor1

Wow. Not one of my radical Right-Wing sites are listed. I must be doing something wrong. 

Surly Curmudgen
Surly Curmudgen

So how is this any different than the websites where the left promulgates canards about the right?  

Paul S M
Paul S M

@Surly Curmudgen There's a difference between biased reporting, and outright scaremongering and lies, often for profit.

Surly Curmudgen
Surly Curmudgen

@Paul S M @Surly Curmudgen   That is simply parsing. A lie is always a lie and biased reporting is lying.  

Many left wing websites continue with  the total lie that the racist bigots are Republicans. 

WilliamDeanZiemer
WilliamDeanZiemer

Yea... So what makes us secure that you are not set up to try and dissuade people from believing certain truths that certain people or groups don't want the American People to know about? Maybe you are mixing truth with lies yourself.

I know that some of the sites you have listed here are credible news outlets because their info is verifiable... This makes you the false news outlet.

CynthiaDenommeMaurer
CynthiaDenommeMaurer

Some of these sites are totally legit and on the up and up. This site seems a bit dubious.

GeorgiaNeSmith
GeorgiaNeSmith

Many of these are in fact fake, absolutely disreputable "news" sites. Most of them are radically right wing and are WORSE than Fox Lies. 


But some of them are not. 


Alternet.org, for instance, is a long-time, well-respected source of information that challenges the corporate slant of the mainstream, corporate media -- which, btw, are owned by 6 very large media conglomerates. 


To explain why most of them are disreputable would take a book. 



RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@GeorgiaNeSmith It is my overwhelmingly informed belief that GeorgiaNeSmith has no idea how infowars fact checks on it's actual claims compared to ....what do you like? CNN?  LOL  WHere reporters have confronted them for trying to compel them to report falsely on the regime changes for instance?

haha.  btw I don't even AGREE with Jones on his Trump opinion of late.  I think Trump is an actor in the current scenario but that is my OPINION and *I state it as such*.  I can supply the reasons WHY I form that opinion and compare them to other people's basis for theirs.

But it's still an opinion. Not an absolute fact.

WHen NBC OR CBS OR CNN post something as fact, they are THEN HELD TO ACCOUNT if that alleged fact turns out to be false.  SO IS RUSH LIMBAUGH.  SO IS ALEX JONES.

BOTH of them fact check way higher than the corporate news WHICH IS NOT SURPRISING because corporate news has completely corrupt backing.  The CEO's of ALL the mainstream companies are from the same elitist families crack head.  That cant' just happen accidentally.  It IS a conspiracy that they and all the banking heads and political controllers and near all heads of Ivy league schools  etc. etc. etc.  military industrial complex companies..ALL OF THEM save a token exception at Brown U. last I checked.... are from the same freaking family affiliations.

YOU TRUST THAT?

You're an idiot if you do obviously.  The odds are hyper astronomical that such a thing would happen without people overtly conspiring to keep other races out of those positions of power.

TracyLund
TracyLund

Wow, you are a stupid freaking fool.

RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@TracyLund haha you sound like that person from the movie-maker one about liberals.  I personally am an engineer.  Got B's out of the hardest physics undergrad courses like E+M.  I really don't have a self esteem that is damaged by random people on the internet who can't reason and instead just insult.

RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@TracyLund In fact..here..your activity stream SUMS UP WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT:
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@theprophetess sure it does.

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@PatriotVA308 paranoid idiot.

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@PatriotVA308 idiot.

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Wow, you are a stupid freaking fool.

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It's GREAT to know tracy that you can discern between... a paranoid idiot... a plain old idiot.... and a stupid freaking fool.

What do you do for an encore?  Roll over and wet yourself?

Seriously do you have any life experience that is USEFUL to instruct others?  Or do you view yourself the only one worthy of pats on the back...OR DO YOU HAVE THESE SAME WORDS FOR YOURSELF DOWN INSIDE?

With this kind of attitude I bet your life is strewn all over the freeway...so to speak.

PJK2011
PJK2011

Add Superstation95 (Hal Turner)

PatriotVA308
PatriotVA308

Here is a short list of "News" sources which should not be believed.
CNN
CNBC

ABC

HuffPo

Anything which is spewed in a White House Press briefing...... 

Paul S M
Paul S M

@PatriotVA308 What makes you think they can't be trusted? Why don't you mention Faux News?

PatriotVA308
PatriotVA308

It's pretty clear that Will Spencer is a propagandist for the Mainstream Propaganda Machine......

He's essentially saying, believe nothing unless it comes from an "approved" source. 

SharonMerryman
SharonMerryman

Viral Liberty needs to be added to the list too. 

theprophetess
theprophetess

Yeah.  Several of the sites listed are 100% legitimate with legitimate journalism.  Just because you don't like conservative news stories doesn't make them fake or hoaxes.

AbdulazizAltuwaijri
AbdulazizAltuwaijri

Can any body explain to me how those sites make money  from their nonsense  ?

sjonesny70
sjonesny70

What? You included Prison Planet, but NOT the Drudge Report? They're both full of the same vitriolic bullshit. Might want to update the list. :D

RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@sjonesny70 POst some foundation for what you are saying...else your words just sound like 'vitriolic bullshit' as some knucklehead once put it

theprophetess
theprophetess

@sjonesny70 Drudge is a news aggregate site.  They don't write their own stories, the stories come from verified news services.  Just because you don't like the news it gives doesn't mean it's "vitriolic bullshit".

amburlington
amburlington

Typical isn't it? You try to warn people but they are so wedded to titillating lies that they prefer them to good honest responsible journalism. It's just too easy to con people today because they are proud of being gullible, they even defend it. If I hear one more person criticise Snopes I'll throw up - Oh they are "just two people doing it from their bedroom" and "they have been known to make mistakes", Gordon Bennet!!!  If you're so all-wise, do the research yourself instead of pulling down those who do.


RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@amburlington Trying to figure who you are talking to in particular.  I don't pre-judge people myself and while I have evidence that indeed many people are 'wedded to lies' in one form or another, I post my absolute evidence before I accuse someone of the same.

This 'list' done by who knows who.... doesn't include snopes.  However there are certain topics that snopes *is* a hoax on.  Eg. the Obama birth certificate.  MAYBE FOR YOU you are wedded to them in some way?  Because i don't see how an unbiased person CAN DOWNLOAD the .gov birth certificate, EXAMINE to find that there are a few places where computer generated fonts are inserted in what otherwise appears scanned material in multiple layers nonetheless....

THAT IS NOT what one would put up if they were trying to certify that they had an actual birth certificate with those numbers on it!  NO..they would NOT put up a stinking pdf.  They'd put up a simple bitmap image.

THis pdf was created to spawn conspiracy theories and division obviously.  Snopes made the asinine claim that it was run through ocr!  BOLOGNA!  OCR s/w would have wound up replacing characters all over the document.  NOT just SELECT ones you would change if you were trying to turn say a live person's BC number into a dead person's BC number.

THrow up if you must.  But snopes is crap on certain issues.

MichaelLClark
MichaelLClark

@RobertWeigel @amburlington Hi, we are Snopes, We have been accused of being Bias and partial to liberals while condemning  conservatives. We, being a liberal staff, have searched diligently and found we are not partial to liberals. It is not our fault you can see through us. 


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