A fact checking site partnered with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the World Health Organization and a slew of major corporations is taking aim at The Gateway Pundit for leading coverage on the election audits.
The “misinformation site” Gateway Pundit dominates coverage of Maricopa County’s election audit, as its reports comprise at least 12 percent of all audit coverage, News Guard’s warns in its monthly Misinformation Monitor newsletter.
“The Gateway Pundit— Red-rated (meaning generally unreliable) conservative news and commentary website with a history of advancing false claims — has published 263 articles about the audit of Maricopa County election results between when U.S. President Joe Biden took office on Jan. 20, 2021, and June 20, 2021, making it the most prolific online publisher promoting the Arizona audit,” the newsletter states.
TGP’s coverage of the Maricopa audit is not only cited hundreds of times by conservative-leaning or “red-rated” sites, News Guard cautions, but “green-rated” sites are also relying on TGP for updates in their reporting of the audit.
“Other Red-rated sites published an additional 485 articles about the audit from Jan. 20, 2021, to June 20, 2021, that explicitly reference The Gateway Pundit — by attributing information to the outlet or republishing one of its stories, for example. The combination of The Gateway Pundit and other Red sites referencing its coverage represents six percent of all articles about the audit during that time frame, News Guard found,” the newsletter continues. “Green-rated sites have also published articles naming The Gateway Pundit, including fact-checks or other coverage of audit misinformation. Including these stories, articles about the audit either by or naming, The Gateway Pundit make up 12 percent of all audit coverage in the same time frame, demonstrating the outlet’s significant influence.”
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