Type of site
|Fake news, Politics, News and opinion|
|Founder(s)||Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Sinclair Treadway|
|Alexa rank||28,716 (Global, August 2018)|
NewsPunch is a Los Angeles-based fake news website that frequently spreads conspiracy theories and political misinformation mixed in with real news stories. Originally named Your News Wire, it was founded in 2014 by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway. In November 2018, it rebranded itself as NewsPunch, and began redirecting yournewswire.com traffic to newspunch.com.
A 2017 Buzzfeed News report identified NewsPunch as being the second-largest source of popular fake stories spread on Facebook that year, and a June 2018 Poynter analysis identified NewsPunch as being debunked over 80 times in 2017 and 2018 by Poynter-accredited factcheckers such as Snopes, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, and the Associated Press.
Regular contributors to NewsPunch include Adl-Tabatabai, a former BBC and MTV employee from London previously employed by professional conspiracy theorist David Icke, Adl-Tabatabai's mother Carol Adl, an alternative health practitioner, and Baxter Dmitry, who had previously been posing as an unrelated Latvian man using a stolen profile photo.
Examples of fake news stories published by NewsPunch
NewsPunch has published several false stories, including but not limited to:
- Stories pushing the debunked Pizzagate conspiracy theory. NewsPunch was one of the first sites to propagate the conspiracy theory, publishing a falsified story that was later used as a basis for Pizzagate's viral spread among the alt-right.
- Claims that the 2017 Las Vegas shootings and Manchester Arena bombings were false flags.
- Anti-vaccination hoaxes alleging that Bill Gates refused to vaccinate his children and "admitted that vaccinations are designed so that governments can depopulate the world".
- Claims that Hillary Clinton's popular vote victory in the 2016 United States Presidential election was the result of voter fraud.
- Allegations that Clinton was responsible for Anthony Bourdain's suicide.
- False claims that Justin Trudeau was the love child of Fidel Castro.
- Boswell, Josh (2017). "Mother churns out stories for master of fake news". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Don't get fooled by these fake news sites". CBS News. 2017-02-10. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Websites that Post Fake and Satirical Stories - FactCheck.org". FactCheck.org. 2017-07-06. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
- "These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2017". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Fact-checkers have debunked this fake news site 80 times. It's still publishing on Facebook". Poynter. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "YourNewsWire.com's file". @politifact. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "No evidence Lisa Page blamed DNC hack on Chinese". @politifact. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
...Your News Wire which frequently publishes fake news...
- "FACT CHECK: Did Melania Trump Ban White House Staff from Taking Flu Shot?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
...a consistent purveyor of fake news and political disinformation, YourNewsWIre[sic]...
- Frier, Sarah (2018-11-04). "Facebook Tamped Down on Hoax Sites, But Polarization Thrives". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
- "FACT CHECK: Did a Starbucks Executive Say That 'White Men Are the Root of All Evil'?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
- "L.A. Alt-Media Agitator (Not Breitbart) Clashes With Google, Snopes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
- Boswell, Josh (2017-01-29). "Mother churns out stories for master of fake news". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2019-05-24.
After working as a television producer for the BBC and MTV, he took a job helping to run the conspiracy theory site of David Icke, a former BBC sports presenter who claims the world is secretly run by alien reptiles in disguise.
- Boswell, Josh (2017). "Mother churns out stories for master of fake news". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
Another prolific writer on the site goes by the name of Baxter Dmitry. The photograph next to the author’s name was in fact that of a Latvian computer programmer, who told The Sunday Times he was not Dmitry and his identity had been stolen.
- "Sean Adl-Tabatabai on being in the eye of the 'fake news' storm | London Evening Standard". 2018-08-16. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "FBI: Pizzagate Arrests 'Imminent' In Washington Pedophile Ring Bust". Your News Wire (archived by archive.is). 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "FBI Insider: Clinton Emails Linked To Political Pedophile Sex Ring". Your News Wire (archived by archive.is). 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "How The Bizarre Conspiracy Theory Behind "Pizzagate" Was Spread". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Debunking hoaxes, fake news about the Las Vegas massacre". PolitiFact. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "FACT CHECK: Was the Manchester Terror Attack a 'False Flag'?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Website peddles false claim about Bill Gates, vaccinations". @politifact. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "FACT CHECK: Did Bill Gates Admit Vaccinations Are Designed So Governments Can Depopulate the World?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "FACT CHECK: Did a Study Determine 25 Million Fraudulent Votes Were Cast for Hillary Clinton?". Snopes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-27.
- "Fake news faults Clintons for Bourdain's death". @politifact. Retrieved 2018-08-27.