Unreliable News Sources

Post authorBy Barrett Golding Post date2020-05-03

The Iffy.news Index of Unreliable Sources compiles credibility ratings by Media Bias/Fact Check. MBFC has substantial experience, comprehensiveness, transparency, accountability, and currency in reviewing news sites (details in methodology).

Media Bias/Fact Check factual-reporting level
MBFC factual-reporting level

Political leaning is not a factor. The Iffy index includes only sites with low MBFC Factual Reporting levels, which “means the source rarely uses credible sources and is simply not trustworthy for reliable information.”

Iffy.news Index

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Methodology

Where does the Iffy index link?

The links in the MBFC factual column go to the site’s MBFC review. The ✓s-column arrows (Arrow: link to fack-check search) link to search results with fact-checks of that site’s articles.

What’s in Iffy?

The Iffy index lists sites with a low (or very low) MBFC Factual Reporting level. The goal is to give researchers an accurate list of active, unreliable news sources, as vetted by a professional news/info-site reviewer. MBFC meets the following criteria:

  • It is a team of reviewers (not just one person’s opinion).
  • It has reviewed thousands of sites.
  • It accepts feedback from publishers.
  • It stays current, continually rating new sites and reconsidering past ratings.
  • It justifies each rating with public links to reliable sources — the same transparency expected of any news outlet.

What isn’t in Iffy?

The index does not factor in MFBC’s “mixed” factual rating nor their “Questionable Sources” or “Conspiracy-Pseudoscience” designations. Political bias is also not a factor.

Where does Iffy get its info?

Iffy.news pulls JSON data from MFBC, which I store in a public spreadsheet (view JSON, download CSV). The global Site Rank number in the table comes from Amazon’s Alexa Web Information Service. AWIS and DomainBigData supply the Year Online (i.e., when the domain name was registered).

The Iffy index is not affiliated with, but is inspired by, the Iffy Quotient at the University of Michigan. I, Barrett Golding, am responsible for the Iffy.news index.

Corrections

To have a site listed or unlisted, submit your request vis the form at Media Bias/Fact Check (whose ratings Iffy.news compiles). To inform me of requested corrections, please use the form below. But remember: The list includes only sites with stories that are demonstrably false — not merely biased or partisan. Include URLs of fact-checks that demonstrate whether the site publishes fake or fact-based news.