InfoWars, the popular site slinging right-wing conspiracy theories and diet supplements, created a visual chart to inform readers of news sites that “actually promote liberty and freedom.”
Though major media publications were ranked on the y-axis from “independent” to state-run corporate/foreign influences,” and on the x-axis from “tyranny” to “freedom,” there wasn’t much logic to the placements.
Russia Today and Sputnik, Russian state-run media outlets which defends autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin, qualified as much greater promoters of “freedom” than non-profit news wire services like the Associated Press.
Unsurprisingly, a number of right-wing media organizations appeared more favorable in the freedom-loving, independent matrix.
Here’s the chart:
Journalists from many publications quickly mocked it:
love being part of the independent tyranny https://t.co/dQjT2Yn8Dx
— Erin ????Gloria???? Ryan (@morninggloria) December 14, 2016
Proud to be a world-leading independent tryant. https://t.co/PxCv1nshR4
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) December 14, 2016
I’d be fascinated to see the methodology they — LOL JK. https://t.co/2PDhTbX7sL
— Rob Garver (@rrgarver) December 14, 2016
love to be state-run/corporate influenced and halfway between freedom and tyranny https://t.co/nAuoGwtArt
— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) December 14, 2016
For a second I thought this was the new White House briefing room seating chart https://t.co/AMuRmItSWG
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) December 14, 2016
Though long a platform for fringe conspiracy theories about 9/11 and the Sandy Hook shooting, the site has gained prominence as Donald Trump, who appeared for an interview on the site in 2015, ascended to the presidency.
Agunman who entered a Washington D.C. pizzeria earlier this month made headlines when he cited anInfowars article pushing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the pizzeria was a front for a secret sex ring with ties to top Democratic party officials.
The story quickly became a political issue when Michael Flynn Jr., the son of Trump’s incoming national security advisor and a former member of the presidential transition team, refused to dismiss the conspiracy theory.