Being a ‘new kid on the block’ or a new news publication, that leans to the right of the political spectrum, Project Republic Today gets called fake news from both sides.
Project Republic does not hide our political leanings. We lean to the right. We are not your typical news website. This isn’t CNN or Fox News. We inject humor into our stories, write opinions into our articles, and aggregate some content and add our insight, analysis, commentary and opinion, alongside our own original content.
This does not mean we don’t research or report on more serious manners written with integrity — which is carried out in a more rational manner.
We are a very small team, We employ a few part time – per article – journalists. Aside from that both the owners contribute as well. Our team is literally 4 people, with a few helpers mixed in from family and close friends.
Here is what Wikipedia describes fake news as:
Fake news is a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media. Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically, often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false headlines that grab attention. Intentionally misleading and deceptive fake news is different from obvious satire or parody which is intended to humor rather than mislead its audience. Fake news often employs eye-catching headlines or entirely fabricated news stories to increase readership, online sharing and Internet click revenue. In the latter case, it is similar to sensational online “clickbait” headlines and relies on advertising revenue generated from this activity, regardless of the veracity of the published stories. Fake news also undermines serious media coverage and makes it more difficult for journalists to cover significant news stories.
Project Republic Today is not fake news.
Project Republic gets the accusations all day on Twitter, Facebook, and believe it or not one of our most searched for terms in Google and Bing is ‘Is Project Republic Today Fake News’ — that when we share a link reporting anything, we’re sharing “fake news.” When we have voiced an opinion based on that reporting, it’s “fake news.” That, in fact, we are fake news.
But even before the mainstream media pulled off the mental jujitsu of disguising their own lies by re-branding them as truth, we were often criticized on Twitter for not strictly reporting fact but expressing opinions. This is because, as columnists and a political commentators, that is literally our job. We are paid for our opinions. Yet this seems to confuse most people.
At any rate, what has changed more dramatically than the makeup of who covers the news is the nature of the coverage. Once upon a time, opinions about news events were relegated to the editorials and op-ed pages of newspapers, and the rest of the news media was supposed to try its best to leave its biases at the door — and report “just the facts.” But early innovators like PBS’s McLaughlin Group and CNN’s Crossfire introduced opinion where news reporting once dominated, starting to blur the line. The punditocracy became a fixture of cable news, and the distinction between reporting and opinion got even blurrier. The explosion of blogs made matters truly muddled.
When someone appears on CNN or Fox, where they are a paid commentator, there’s no sign that flashes above their head informing viewers that they are offering opinions — and that there is an important difference between fake news and real news with commentary and analysis. This difference may seem obvious to some people. It’s not obvious to everyone. And that’s a problem.
“Fake news” as its used today has become a cheap term, but calling opinion journalists “fake news” somehow manages to cheapen the term even further — like instead of a valid label against stories manufactured by 400-pound Macedonian hackers masquerading as real news on Facebook, the term just becomes a catchall for anything you don’t like. More worrisome, throwing around “fake news” to describe opinion exacerbates the existing confusion in the face of the information we all consume — making our fellow human beings less able to tell the difference between news and everything else.
You are completely free to disagree with our opinion. This is The United States. Dissent and disagreement is an essential ingredient of our politics and culture. But what we cannot and must not do is conflate opinions and facts and suggest that facts, too, are subject to opinion and disagreement. An informed democracy can’t survive if people think their opinions are facts and the facts they don’t like are just opinions. And an informed citizenry needs to know the difference.
There is a difference between the news MSNBC, Fox, CNN, NY Times and other elite media produce, versus us. We openly say we have an agenda, and lean conservative. We report both the good, the bad, and the ugly on all topics. Elite media masquerades as real, unbiased news. When we all know that is not the case. News organizations around the world are slaves to the dollar, clicks, and agendas.
Do we get it wrong sometimes? Yes. Do we make mistakes? Yes. But Project Republic Today is not fake news. We do this out of a passion, we do this out of love.
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To our supporters; Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for our success so far. We aren’t even a year old yet (Time of this publication) and have surpassed so many goals. If we keep up this pace we will be able to achieve our ultimate goal of reporting on the scene, throughout America, on Conservative related news. Think Vice style documentaries on Conservative families, businesses and ideals.
To our haters, those that decry fake news; Just because you do not agree with it, or are too busy to fact check for yourself doesn’t mean Project Republic Today is fake news.
No we are not funded by Russians (Sorry to burst your bubble liberals), backed by some larger Conservative publication, or have ties to anyone or anything other than ourselves. Myself (Ben DeLisi) and Nick Dunki (Publisher) are the sole owners, and proprietors. We don’t have backers, we do this all ourselves. I am from Minnesota, Nick is from PA. USA all the way!
Instead of calling us fake news, try and do some research, actually read the article instead of the headline. Debate us instead of throwing labels around. When you instantly call an article you didn’t read, or do not agree with fake news; you are just highlighting your ignorance. And believe it or not, when you tell us, ‘well Snopes says this is false,’ we can’t ever take your seriously again. You are fact checking something using a website that is biased, doesn’t report on whole truths, leaves out information, and loves cocaine, fraud and hookers. Be informed, know what you are reading.
Let us know what you think, if you would like us to change something, any ideas you have, or if you have any issues, concerns, stories to share, or advice.
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Benjamin DeLisi – Editor-in-Chief Project Republic Today
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