Crooks and Liars

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Crooks and Liars
Type of site
News blog
Available inEnglish
Created byJohn Amato
EditorJohn Amato
LaunchedSeptember 2004; 17 years ago (2004-09)

Crooks and Liars is a liberal / progressive news blog focusing on political events and the news coverage of them, founded by John Amato.


Crooks and Liars was started by John Amato in September 2004.[1] According to Amato, cited by Axios, he started the site "because he thought that mainstream media wasn't critical enough of the Bush Administration, and he felt motivated to speak out".[1] The site is a self-described "liberal" political blog.[2]

Influence, recognition, and content[edit]

Crooks and Liars received the "Best Video Blog" award at the Weblog Awards in 2006,[3] and a "Best Weblog About Politics" at the 2008 Weblog Awards.[4][5] Time magazine listed Crooks and Liars as one of the 25 Best Blogs of 2009.[6] A 2011 study in Journalism included Crooks and Liars in a list of the "12 most popular partisan blogs."[7]

A 2017 study by Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center found that Crooks and Liars was among the 50 websites whose content was most frequently shared on Twitter by supporters of Hillary Clinton in the United States presidential election, 2016.[8]

In 2016, Indiana University Kokomo professor Paul Cook includes Crooks and Liars among a list of sites with a "tendency to rely on clickbait headlines".[9] The same year, Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of media at Merrimack College, identified Crooks and Liars as one of several news websites with "a baiting or heavily biased tone".[10] A 2019 study identified Crooks and Liars as a "biased source".[11]

The Oxford Internet Institute identifies Crooks and Liars as a "junk news" source.[12][13]

A 2019 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that self-identified Democrats trusted Fox News more than Crooks and Liars.[14] The same study classified Crooks and Liars as a hyperpartisan source.[15]

Jane Mayer, writing in The New Yorker, described Crooks and Liars as a "progressive investigative reporting site."[16]


  1. ^ a b Fischer, Sara (February 23, 2017). "The recent explosion of right-wing news sites". Axios. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  2. ^ Horne, Benjamin (2019). "Different Spirals of Sameness: A Study of Content Sharing in Mainstream and Alternative Media". Proceedings of the Thirteenth International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media: 261. arXiv:1904.01534. Several of these sources are self-proclaimed liberal blogs, such as Crooks and Liars, RightWingWatch, and Daily Kos.
  3. ^ 2006 Weblog Awards Results.[Usurped!] Retrieved May 20, 2007
  4. ^ 2008 Weblog Awards Results. Retrieved March 11, 2008
  5. ^ Wallace, Lewis (March 10, 2008). "SXSW: Dooce Bags Top Honors at Bloggies". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  6. ^ McNichol, Tom. (February 18, 2009) 25 Best Blogs of 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  7. ^ Meraz, Sharon (January 25, 2011). "The fight for 'how to think': Traditional media, social networks, and issue interpretation". Journalism. SAGE Publishing. 12 (1): 107–127. doi:10.1177/1464884910385193. ISSN 1464-8849. S2CID 145628571.
  8. ^ Faris, Robert (2017). Partisanship, Propaganda and Disinformation (PDF). Harvard University. p. 72.
  9. ^ Cook, Paul. "Social Media and Information Literacy Exercise". Wilmington University. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  10. ^ Cole, Samantha (November 15, 2016). "This List of Fake News Websites Proliferating on Facebook Is Staggering". Vice. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  11. ^ Horne, Benjamin (December 2019). "Robust Fake News Detection Over Time and Atack". ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology. 11 (1).
  12. ^ Owen, Laura Hazard (February 9, 2018). "The far-right sharing fake news — or conservatives sharing conservative journalism?". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2021-09-18.
  13. ^ Narayanan, Vidya; Barash, Vlad; Kelly, John; Kollanyi, Bence; Neudert, Lisa-Maria; Howard, Philip N. (February 6, 2018). Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US (PDF). Oxford Internet Institute.
  14. ^ Pegoraro, Rob (January 28, 2019). "New study finds trust in traditional media (mostly) transcends partisanship". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  15. ^ Pennycook, Gordon; Rand, David G. (2019-02-12). "Fighting misinformation on social media using crowdsourced judgments of news source quality". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116 (7): 2521–2526. doi:10.1073/pnas.1806781116. PMC 6377495. PMID 30692252.
  16. ^ Mayer, Jane (2021-07-31). "The Big Money Behind the Big Lie". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2021-09-04.

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