National File

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National File
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Type of site
Blog, news website
FoundedAugust 2019
EditorTom Pappert Edit this at Wikidata

National File is an American right-wing blog and news website founded in August 2019.[1][2][3][4] It is known for publishing false or misleading claims about COVID-19.[5][6][7][8]


National File was founded in August 2019.[2] Its editor-in-chief and owner is Tom Pappert.[2][9] Patrick Howley is a politics reporter for the website.[10]


National File has been described as right-wing,[1][5][11] far-right,[10][12] and conservative.[3][4][6][13] It is known for publishing COVID-19 misinformation,[5][6][7][8] including false claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exaggerated the number of COVID-19 fatalities,[7] that Pfizer was developing an oral drug to be administered "alongside vaccines",[8] and that the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine caused neurodegenerative conditions.[6] National File also publishes misinformation about the 2020 United States presidential election.[5] As of early 2021, National File is the 10th most followed account on Gab, a social networking service known for its far-right userbase.[12]

On January 14, 2020, National File reiterated a story from trade publication Tri-State Livestock News,[14] wherein South Dakota cattle veterinarian James Stangle falsely claims that Impossible Whoppers contain "44 mg of estrogen" and that "six glasses of soy milk per day has enough estrogen to grow boobs on a male."[14] Stangle later retracted this story as, in fact, he was referring to isoflavones, not estrogen; Impossible Whoppers contain 2 mg of isoflavones, not 44; and – as of 2021 – there is no evidence showing a link between isoflavones and feminization or childhood development,[15][16] and there is evidence to the contrary.[17][18]

On October 7, 2020, Patrick Howley of National File broke the story that Cal Cunningham, then a democratic candidate in the 2020 Senate election in North Carolina, had exchanged sexually suggestive texts with a woman who was not his wife.[3][19]

On October 23, 2020, National File published photos they claimed showed Mark Kelly, at the time a candidate in the 2020 special election in Arizona, at a college party in 1985 dressed as Adolf Hitler.[4][11] Several classmates of Kelly's stated that he was not the man in the photo,[3] and PolitiFact rated the National File story "false".[13] Kelly filed a defamation lawsuit against National File on October 26.[11]

On February 27, 2022, two days before the Texas Republican primary runoff election, National File posted audio of an interview with former jihadist Tania Joya, a British woman then living in Plano, Texas, who claimed that she and Van TaylorU.S. representative for Plano and primary candidate—had a nine-month sexual affair in 2020 and 2021. Joya shared salacious details about the alleged affair and said that Taylor had given her US$5,000 for personal expenses. Her allegations were widely circulated on social media, prompting Taylor to admit to an extramarital affair and end his reelection campaign, effectively ceding the election to opponent Brian Self.[20] Taylor was one of the few Republican U.S. representatives to join Democrats in voting to establish the January 6 commission to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol, a vote that caused him to be intensely criticized by primary election opponents and conservative commentators, despite his conservative voting record on other issues.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b Chandler, Kim (April 9, 2021). "Affair derails Alabama secretary of state's political hopes". The Associated Press. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Poole, B. (October 28, 2020). "Kelly sues right-wing website over Hitler costume 'lie'". Tucson Sentinel. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett (October 23, 2020). "Mark Kelly says it's not him dressed as Adolf Hitler for Halloween in yearbook photo". USA Today. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c Sanchez, Yvonne Wingett (October 23, 2020). "Mark Kelly classmates say report on yearbook photo by right-wing media site is false". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d Kornbluh, Jacob (October 1, 2021). "4 GOP candidates in key House races invoke the Holocaust against mask and vaccine mandates". The Forward. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Fact Check-No evidence that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine causes Alzheimer's disease". Reuters. May 12, 2021. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Czopek, Madison (February 5, 2021). "No, the CDC isn't inflating coronavirus statistics". PolitiFact. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Sadeghi, McKenzie (September 8, 2021). "Fact check: Pfizer is testing a drug to treat COVID-19 infections. It's not tied to vaccinations". USA Today. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  9. ^ Dowd, Katie (January 11, 2021). "The far-right propaganda machine doesn't know what to do with Ashli Babbitt". SFGate. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Petrizzo, Zachary (October 28, 2020). "Meet the conservative blogger whose reporting even the far-right won't touch". The Daily Dot. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  11. ^ a b c Varney, Jame (July 21, 2021). "Lawsuit breathes life into publication's claim that Mark Kelly dressed as Hitler at party". The Washington Times. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  12. ^ a b Lee, Micah (2021-03-15). "Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists". The Intercept. Retrieved 2021-10-28.
  13. ^ a b Valverde, Miriam (October 25, 2020). "No evidence Mark Kelly dressed up as Hitler". PolitiFact. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Carman, Tim (December 29, 2019). "Dear men: There's no evidence that eating Impossible Whoppers will give you breasts". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on September 5, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  15. ^ Fauzia, Miriam (September 10, 2021). "Fact check: No, Impossible Burgers don't contain more estrogen than transgender hormone therapy". USA Today. Archived from the original on September 30, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  16. ^ Hamblin, James (February 3, 2020). "Why Men Think Plant-Based Meat Will Turn Them Into Women". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on October 27, 2021. Retrieved November 7, 2021.
  17. ^ Messina, Mark J. (May 2010). "Soybean isoflavone exposure does not have feminizing effects on men: a critical examination of the clinical evidence". Fertility and Sterility. 93 (7): 2095–2104. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2010.03.002. PMID 20378106.
  18. ^ Hamilton-Reeves, Jill M.; et al. (August 2010). "Clinical studies show no effects of soy protein or isoflavones on reproductive hormones in men: results of a meta-analysis". Fertility and Sterility. 94 (3): 997–1007. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.04.038. PMID 19524224.
  19. ^ Murphy, Brian; Copp, Tara; Alexander, Ames (October 2, 2020). "U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham admits to sexting with California strategist". The News & Observer. Retrieved 4 October 2020.
  20. ^ a b Gillman, Todd J. (March 2, 2022). "Rep. Van Taylor apologizes for affair with 'ISIS bride,' abruptly drops reelection bid". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Texas. Retrieved March 3, 2022.
  21. ^ Gillman, Todd J. (January 27, 2022). "Rep. Van Taylor's rivals say Trump won, Jan. 6 no big deal, and he's out of touch for disagreeing". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, Texas. Retrieved March 3, 2022.

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