LifeZette

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LifeZette
Lifezettelogo.png
Type of site
News and opinion
Available in English
Founded October 2014
Headquarters 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20007[1]
United States, United States
Owner Ingraham Media Group, Inc.
Founder(s) Laura Ingraham
Peter Anthony
Key people Laura Ingraham (Editor-in-chief)
Website LifeZette.com
Alexa rank Increase 4,033 (February 2017)[2]
Advertising Native
Registration Optional, but is required to comment
Launched July 2015
Current status Online

LifeZette is a conservative American news, opinion, and commentary website. It was founded in 2015 by political commentator Laura Ingraham and businessman Peter Anthony.[3] The site features news and commentary on a range of topics such as politics, lifestyle and culture using the slogan "Life. Explained."[4]

The publication is based in Washington, D.C. and owned by Ingraham Media Group.[5] Ingraham is the LifeZette's editor-in-chief, Maureen Mackey is its managing editor and Peter Anthony is its chief executive officer.[6] The site was criticized for promoting conspiracy theories in the run-up to the 2016 United States presidential election.[7][8]

History[edit]

Peter Anthony registered LifeZette.com in October 2014. He developed the site with radio host Laura Ingraham and they launched LifeZette in July 2015.[4][9] It included news, commentary and original video content that was informational, satirical or humorous. Ingraham described it as "a lifestyle site with a side of politics," containing sections such as PoliZette, MomZette, HealthZette, FaithZette and PopZette.[9]

The site first hired outgoing Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro to be its political editor, but Munro withdrew before the site's launch. Quin Hillyer was enlisted to be its political editor, before he was replaced by Keith Koffler in August 2015. Koffler left the site in May 2016 to work at the Washington Examiner.[10]

LifeZette was the first organization called on by Sean Spicer during the initial White House press conference in January 2017.[3] Later, Ingraham was announced as the host of Fox News weeknight program The Ingraham Angle.[11]

Controversies[edit]

LifeZette has been linked to several controversies surrounding conspiracy theories and the 2016 presidential election.

Two weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the website posted a video about voting machines possibly being compromised because of links to a company tied to liberal billionaire George Soros.[12] The story that the machines were linked to Soros, which was found to be false, was also reported in numerous media outlets including The Daily Caller, Fox News, Newsmax, and The Epoch Times.[citation needed]

LifeZette also published a video titled "Clinton Body Count", which promoted conspiracy theories regarding Bill and Hillary Clinton.[13] LifeZette removed the video and later released a statement saying that "[t]he video was made in jest, and merely noted that the theories existed," comparing them to viral videos made by "left-leaning digital outlets like BuzzFeed."[14] In September, the website published a since-removed article entitled "10 People Under the Clinton Curse", which said that it was "hard to deny that being close with the Clintons could kill you."[15]

In August 2017, it was alleged by multiple LifeZette employees that CEO Peter Anthony made sexually inappropriate comments about the publication's female staffers, which he denied.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact Us". LifeZette. 
  2. ^ "lifezette.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "WITH ONE WORD, SPICER FLIPS THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA ORDER". Vanity Fair. 
  4. ^ a b "Laura Ingraham's new site: LifeZette.com". POLITICO. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Ingraham Media Group, Inc.: Private Company Information - Businessweek". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Laura Ingraham To Launch LifeZette | Cision". Cision. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Laura Ingraham's 'LifeZette' website promotes conspiracy theory Clintons have been involved in murders". Business Insider. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Pro-Trump site that published fake news gets 1st question at White House briefing". Chicago Tribune. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Laura Ingraham Explains It All". World News Daily. 
  10. ^ "Laura Ingraham's Site LifeZette Loses Another Editor". www.mediaite.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  11. ^ Victor, Daniel (18 September 2017). "Laura Ingraham Will Host 10 O'Clock Show as Part of Fox News Shuffle". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ "Pro-Trump site that published fake news gets 1st question at White House briefing". Chicago Tribune. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 
  13. ^ Darcy, Oliver (October 25, 2016). "Laura Ingraham's 'LifeZette' website promotes conspiracy theory Clintons have been involved in murders". Business Insider. 
  14. ^ "Snubbed by Spicer, AP Throws Temper Tantrum". LifeZette. 
  15. ^ "10 People Under the Clinton Curse". Lifezette. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017. 
  16. ^ Flood, Brian (31 August 2017). "Laura Ingraham's LifeZette CEO Accused of Talking About 'Boobs and Butts' of Employees". The Wrap.