Type of site
|Politics, conservative news and opinion|
|Owner||David Horowitz Freedom Center|
|Created by||Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz|
|Launched||October 7, 2013|
|Current status||Folded March 7,2018|
TruthRevolt is a conservative U.S. news and activism website. Founded in 2013 by Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz as a counterpoint to the politically progressive Media Matters for America, it is a project of the David Horowitz Freedom Center. The site's stated mission is "to expose the leftist news media and to hold them accountable for their hypocrisy and bias."
USA Today and conservative news outlet The Daily Caller criticized both TruthRevolt and Media Matters for sponsoring boycotts, arguing that such tactics silence free speech. In an article titled "Mutually Assured Destruction", TruthRevolt responded to critics stating their tactics are "distasteful", but also "effective", and "the surest way to stop these distasteful tactics is to make sure that both sides pay equally for their use. The little-told truth of Mutually Assured Destruction is that it works, and that it has kept the peace between major powers for sixty years."
In April 2015, TruthRevolt co-founder Ben Shapiro resigned as the site's editor-in-chief. On 1 May 2015, Mark Tapson became editor-in-chief, and in an announcement denied, "[c]ontrary to some media speculation", that TruthRevolt was "in turmoil".
In November 2013, when reports suggested mainstream media outlets were ignoring stories of the alleged violent "knockout game" in Crown Heights, New York, in which African-American youths were supposedly racially targeting Jews and Caucasians as part of a hate crime, TruthRevolt wrote a piece highlighting that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC all had made virtually no mention of the 'knockout game' with exception to CNN's New Day who ran a brief two-minute segment about the attacks, but did not mention the suspects' race, referring to them as "kids", "juveniles", and "teens." They also did not mention the allegedly anti-semitic motives behind the attacks and NYPD's labeling them a potential hate-crime. BigJournalism.com duplicated the article, which was shortly referenced by Andrea Tantaros on Fox News' The Five.
Aside from monitoring media bias, the site also allows readers to volunteer in a group known as Special Ops where people are encouraged to contact advertisers and media executives to protest biased and vitriolic rhetoric in the media.
On October 22, 2013, when CNBC's Squawk Box showed a picture of Senator Ted Cruz, senior economics reporter Steve Liesman said, "There he is! There he is! Can we get some music to go along with that, some Mexican music maybe?" Because Cruz is of Cuban descent, the remarks were construed as racist and stereotypical. The next day TruthRevolt launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #StopRacismAgainstCruz urging Liesman to apologize for his comments, which he did one day later on the CNBC website.
On November 15, 2013, MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir chastised Sarah Palin on his program for comparing the federal debt to slavery by referencing the slave overseer Thomas Thistlewood who administered a punishment called "Derby's Dose" where slaves were forced to urinate and defecate into each other's mouth. Bashir then concluded by saying "When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn't just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate." Despite Bashir's apology on November 18, TruthRevolt issued a petition on its site requesting companies stop advertising on Martin Bashir's program and urged readers to contact advertisers with complaints. On December 4, after being suspended by the network, Bashir resigned from MSNBC. An article in The Daily Beast on December 5, 2013, referenced the successful TruthRevolt campaign to remove Martin Bashir. Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro was quoted saying, "Leftist hosts have made statements like this before, but they were rarely held accountable. That's what TruthRevolt does."
Since the site launched, TruthRevolt has also issued a petition urging advertisers to drop business with Al Sharpton on MSNBC, primarily Ritz Crackers. They passed 10,000 signatures on November 4, 2013.
- Tapson, Mark. "TruthRevolt's New Editor-in-Chief". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Breitbart Editor-at-Large Shapiro to Launch Anti-Media Matters Counterpunch with David Horowitz". Breitbart. Breitbart News Network, LLC. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Our Mission". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
- Lee, Tony (7 October 2013). "Ben Shapiro: TruthRevolt Will Make MSM 'Pay' for Lies, Change 'Nature of Media'". Breitbart. Breitbart News Network, LLC. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Freedlander, David (7 October 2013). "Al Sharpton, 'PoliticsNation' Advertisers Targeted in New Boycott". The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast Company LLC. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Maines, Patrick (16 October 2013). "Truth Revolt vs. Media Matters: Column". USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Howley, Patrick (8 October 2013). "Ben Shapiro, conservative activists shamefully boycott Nabisco over Sharpton ad". The Daily Caller. Neil Patel. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Boreing, Jeremy (19 October 2013). "Mutually Assured Destruction: USA Today Attacks TruthRevolt and Media Matters". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Adams, T. Becket (April 30, 2015). "Ben Shapiro out, TruthRevolt in turmoil as Horowitz denies shutdown reports". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
- Sowell, Thomas (19 November 2013). "Thugs target Jews in sick 'knockout' game". New York Post. NYP Holdings, Inc. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Bois, Paul (21 November 2013). "CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC Ignore Blacks Targeting Whites and Jews in 'Knockout Game'". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Bigelow, William (21 November 2013). "CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC Primetime Ignore 'Knockout Game'". Breitbart. Breitbart News Network, LLC. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- The Five Mentions Truth Revolt Article on Knockout Game (Video). 5 December 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Join the Fight". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "CNBC's Liesman: Can We Get 'Mexican Music' for Ted Cruz?". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Boreing, Jeremy (23 October 2013). "TruthRevolt Readers Help Drive Liesman to Apologize with Hashtag '#StopRacismAgainstCruz'". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Liesman, Steve (23 October 2013). "An apology from Steve Liesman". CNBC. NBCUniversal. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "CNBC's Liesman Issues Apology for 'Mexican Music' Slur". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Williams, Rob (18 November 2013). "Martin Bashir says Sarah Palin is an 'idiot' and suggests someone should defecate in her mouth". The Independent. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Stop The Sexist Martin Bashir". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Freedlander, David (4 December 2013). "Weeks After Taking a Leave of Absence for Insulting Sarah Palin, Martin Bashir Quits his MSNBC Show". The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast Company LLC. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- "Tell Advertisers to Stop Backing Al Sharpton". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
- Boreing, Jeremy (4 November 2013). "Al Sharpton Petition Crosses 10,000 Signature Milestone". TruthRevolt. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Retrieved 10 May 2016.