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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168 comments
levimf351
levimf351

what is wrong with the free thought project?

RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@levimf351 It's not owned by the monopoly that controls Reuters etc.  Seriously the person who posted this article is a dim wit OR they are actually a subversive person trying to deceive people obviously.  They talk about seeding legit information amidst the false stuff.  WELL THE PROBLEM IS the sites they do NOT mention above (eg. CNN, NBC etc.) LEAD THE PACK to the point where anchors have called out their employers citing the fact that their supervisors tried to get them to falsely report on very important things.

Of course CNN, FOX etc. will report legitimate stories.  Macy's had a parade.  Sure.  fine.  That's witnessed by many AND it has no bearing on the agenda of the owners and their 'handlers'.  But when it comes to things that they can conspire to deceive a good portion of the world since they are the sole major source on a story AND that story has bearing on people's perception of things that matter to mega-rich families that own the major media historically, THEY LIE LIKE A RUG!

And a few people catch inconsistencies and begin to post 'conspiracy theories' about it.  Using that..darn 'logic' thing....and then clowns like the guy who posted this article criticize them for it. 

Simply sick.  I'd like to get this guy in an actual debate about a topic where he's forced to follow the format of logical debate where one of us makes an assertion and the other refutes or agrees and we progress towards a conclusion on a matter.

RonZonio
RonZonio

Odd that a site called Fort Liberty is so biased against libertarian sites.

Mermaid
Mermaid

Fake by who's standard? The standard that allows mandated vaccines, gmo food, geoengineering of and spraying of our skies, lies regarding 9/11 and false flags like Sandy Hook, Boston, and Syria, news that claims the US is in Syria to save Syrians.
Propaganda as news is not news it's social engineering and manipulation.

davismm
davismm

Here is the best listing I have found so far: http://www.fakenewswatch.com/ 
It breaks them down into three categories which help you understand why they are detrimental. But I found one I'm concerned about NOT yet on any of these lists. http://departed.co/ It allows anyone to post almost anything on it. If you type in satire, hoax, fake, or clickbait in the search bar it does show different articles. But I'm assuming that is the ones the "posters" has self identified, or the webmaster has identified. Shouldn't sites this be tagged as "potentially" satire, hoax, fake, or clickbait?

BarbaraColon
BarbaraColon

How come you didn't mentioned FOX news which has been found his audience as the worst informed in the nation or Salon a staunch supporter of Clinton, or Soro's The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
And no media can be worse than mainstream corporate media, Anderson Cooper CNN journalist a well known fact, as an agent of the CIA. Ask Amber Lyon about CNN or Jane Akre an American journalist best known for the whistleblower lawsuit by herself and her former husband, Steve Wilson, against Fox on a story regarding the agricultural biotechnology company Monsanto and recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a milk additive that had been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration but also blamed for a number of health issues. Not to deny there are Soro's and other alternative trolls out there in alternative media but mainstream media are the lowest ones making the claim they are all truthful and what they are really doing are imposing sentiments on the public to create consensus for certain agendas convenient to a few, they are the ones perpetrating the illusion of the matrix on the masses and therefore manipulating policy by supporting the government narrative which as we know, follow a specific agenda not beneficial to the public and disseminates propaganda. Stop trolling and become a productive, useful being helping humanity, not feeding lies and helping in the confusion. By the way, in your list you also missed other alternative news that do a good job at telling the truth. We don't want you to have an incomplete list....lol 


The US government has unbound the legal regulations against using propaganda against foreign audiences and American citizens. The intention is to sway public opinion by using television, radio, newspapers, and social media targeting the American and foreign people in controlled psy-ops.

The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has an amendment added that negates the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 (SMA) and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987.

These laws made propaganda used to influence foreigners and US citizens illegal. Without these laws, disinformation could run rampant throughout our information junkets.


https://www.occupycorporatism.com/how-the-ndaa-allows-us-gov-to-use-propaganda-against-americans/

Cellq7
Cellq7

Alternet.org isn't a fake site

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.

2 hours, 39 minutes ago on Web Sites Which Publish Fake News and Other Hoaxes

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@PatriotVA308 idiot.

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Wow, you are a stupid freaking fool.

______________________I CONCLUDE

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.

RobertWeigel
RobertWeigel

@Valkyriefire @RobertWeigel I don't see any constructive content.  THe fact that you wasted time getting flagged would indicate perhaps you are the one insane.  I have public information.  I would challenge you to submit yourself to an evaluation as I would.  FULL DISCLOSURE OF ALL YOUR PAST AND MINE.

I'm betting you'd come up the person with criminal history or abusive tendencies with people/broken relationships etc.

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. 

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