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TaakoManTheGameMaster (talkcontribs)

Okay, I don't really know who George Soros really is, and I am not trying to defend him or be rude, but this article's near-lack of sources honestly makes this article and its claims look pretty questionable. Is there a list of sources that were used when this article was made?

Mr-ex777 (talkcontribs)

Search any of these in DuckDuckGo (NOT Google, it needs to be DuckDuckGo.) For example, Search "GamerGate Soros," "Soros Donald Trump," "Soros Bush," "Color Revolutions Soros" etc and there will be TONS of shit that comes up.

TaakoManTheGameMaster (talkcontribs)

I searched the terms up, and, I don't mean to sound rude, but when I ran some of the sources through a site called Media Bias/Fact Check, they don't seem to be trustworthy, as they are known for pushing conspiracies and pseudoscience and have poor fact-checking records.

- https://www.sott.net/article/295896-George-Soros-The-hidden-hand-behind-color-revolutions "Signs of the Times (SOTT) CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE

Sources in the Conspiracy-Pseudoscience category may publish unverifiable information that is not always supported by evidence. These sources may be untrustworthy for credible/verifiable information, therefore fact checking and further investigation is recommended on a per article basis when obtaining information from these sources. See all Conspiracy-Pseudoscience sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED

Notes: Signs of the Times is a news and opinion website that tends to focus on conspiracy theories and pseudoscience. They have quite a bit of legitimate news, but some of the outrageous stories overshadow it. (D. Van Zandt 1/31/2017)" (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/signs-of-the-times-sott/)

- https://sputniknews.com/radio_connecting_the_pieces/201702101050547351-george-soros-bringing-color-revolutions-to-america/ "QUESTIONABLE SOURCE

A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source. See all Questionable sources.

Overall, we rate Sputnik Questionable based on frequent promotion of conspiracies and pro-Russian propaganda, as well as use of poor sources and numerous failed fact checks.

Detailed Report

Reasoning: Russian Propaganda, Conspiracy, Poor Sourcing, Some Fake News

Country: Russia

World Press Freedom Rank: Russia 148/180

"Sputnik is a Russian news agency and radio broadcaster which publishes online stories and radio shows, as well as videos. In 2013, via a presidential decree by Vladimir Putin, the radio station Voice of Russia and RIA Novosti news service was abolished and replaced by Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today, not to be confused with RT). In 2014, Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today) launched Sputnik and conservative news anchor, Dmitry Kiselyov was appointed as Director General of Rossiya Segodnya. Kiselyov is known for ultra conservative views and anti-gay comments."

"Sputnik is owned and funded by the Russian Government to promote Russia’s image abroad. The Sputnik news service produces over 1,500 news items daily and around the clock that are available to subscribers via the web terminal and mobile app. The website also serves online advertising."

"Sputnik is often accused of reporting ‘fake news, spreading misinformation and being a “Kremlin Propaganda Machine” by European and American media outlets. In 2017, the FBI launched an investigation into Sputnik for a potential violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)."

"Sputnik routinely publishes articles that promote conspiracy theories such as those about the murder of Seth Rich, which fact checker Snopes has debunked. Sputnik also employs conspiracy theorists such as former Breitbart writer Lee Stranahan, who was hired as co-host of a radio show for Sputnik Radio, called “Fault Lines with Nixon and Stranahan”. Lee Stranahan also appears as a guest on Alex Jones’ Infowars program, which is famous for promoting outrageous right-wing conspiracies.

When it comes to sourcing, Sputnik occasionally uses credible sources such as Reuters and CNN, however they also source to known conspiracy sites such as Infowars: “InfoWars Alex Jones Talks Brexit, Freedom of Speech in US, Political Correctness” and “Anonymous Exposes UK’s Hybrid Warfare Project”. Further, they frequently source to their own articles or they use large blocks of quotes.

According to Google Fact Check Explorer, Sputnik has a very poor fact check record with 17 misleading or false claims. Below is a small sampling of their many failed fact checks:

Sputnik Falsely Blames India’s Sell-Off of US Securities on ‘Weaponization of the Dollar’ – FALSE

Sputnik Falsely Accuses UN of Supporting the White Helmet Disinfo Campaign Sputnik, Itself, Spreads – FALSE

Sputnik and Zvezda Falsely Claim Hitler’s Mein Kampf is more popular than Harry Potter in Latvia – FALSE

Is the US Evacuating IS Members from Syria? – FALSE

Sputnik: Nevada Declared ‘State of Emergency’ Over Marijuana Shortage – FALSE" (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/sputnik-news/)

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-29/color-revolution-under-way-america https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-12/anti-trump-us-color-revolution-includes-soros-and-clinton-%E2%80%98purple%E2%80%99-takeover-0

"In a quote from the above New Yorker article they summarize the political stance of the blog, which Lokey told Bloomberg is: “Russia=good. Obama=idiot. Bashar al-Assad=benevolent leader. John Kerry= dunce. Vladimir Putin=greatest leader in the history of statecraft.”

Zero Hedge’s content has been classified as “alt-right” and has been criticized for presenting conspiracy theories.

In review, Zero Hedge publishes pro-right wing/Trump articles such as Pat Buchanan: “Trump Calls Off Cold War II.” As well as fake news stories regarding liberals: Anti-Trump Protesters Bused Into Austin, Chicago.

Editorial content is written under the pseudonym Tyler Durden and usually focuses on conspiracies related to economic collapse. Zero Hedge sources to factually mixed think tanks such as the The Mises Institute, which promotes Austrian (Anarcho-Capitalism) economics.

A factual search reveals a terrible track record with IFCN fact checkers. There are too many failed checks to list here." (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/zero-hedge/)

https://humanevents.com/2011/04/02/top-10-reasons-george-soros-is-dangerous/ "They have also published false information such as this article “Why Martin Luther King Was Republican“, which is false according to Politifact." (https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/human-events/)

Mr-ex777 (talkcontribs)

That "fact checker" looks like that it was using incredibly untrustworthy sources such as Snopes and CNN as bases. They are the very same people who supported Anti-Gamergate or SJW movements. They also use various "buzz words" such as "fake news" and "Russian Propaganda" which I had only heard MSM outlets use to discredit legitimate opposition or false opposition. I'm not saying Sputnik or ZeroHedge are credible but most, if not all of the things on the article remain true.

Mar9122 (talkcontribs)

What about Encyclopedia Dramatica and RationalWiki?

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