Written by: Heidi Mason and Audrey Galimba
This site features mostly “Breaking News” articles as well as videos and documentaries that contributors found interesting. In addition, this site can be used as a public forum to comment on various subjects including politics, science and other controversial topics. This site is open for anyone to post an article or video with the approval of Disclose TV’s editors.
Many articles are broad speculations and sometimes jump to wild conclusions. Opinion words such as “believe” and “think” are used in some articles and general overreaching statements are made. Many articles seem unverified, with no direct quotes and little to no sources given. To further prove this, in the article, Story behind This Rare Car Found At The Bottom of a Lake is Utterly Fascinating, the three paragraph story says “And the boy, if there was a car that told a story, it was this one!” Not only is there a grammar problem, but it also includes an opinion instead of news like the page mentions it is.
Take, for example, this article, ISIS Leader Baghdadi Has Been Killed (Again) This Time by Russia. Is it possible for someone to be killed again?
There are no listed sources for the information in this article. This leads us to the conclusion the author did not do research to find facts and evidence on the topic. This article appears to have factual information, using numerical data and other seemingly sound pieces of evidence; however, further investigation reveals that the evidence doesn’t have any solid foundation due to lack of research and credit to their “data”.
Another example is an article titled Are Their Aliens In Our Solar System?.
First, there is an obvious grammatical error in the title. If you haven’t seen it already, look again. In addition to the various grammatical and spelling areas throughout this article, this is yet another piece with no listed sources or links, no evidence to support their unclear claim. The one quote given in the article was said by “a spokesperson” who is unknown.
Another article, titled 4.5 Earthquake Shakes Area Near Yellowstone does include a couple of sources. The evidence appears authentic and believable, and the links given as sources work. Trustworthiness varies by article, and even though this article appears to be correct and informative, this is not true for the entire website.
In general, many of the articles on this website suggest and speculate, and there does not appear to be any fact checking before the release of the user-submitted content. The language and style of writing depend on who the author of the story is, and some language is stronger than others. A multitude of articles are unverified because there are no sources cited. Overall, this website is not strongly recommended to be used as a reliable news source.
According to Disclose TV, they advocate “the freedom of humans for evolutionary self-determination, through revealing all hidden secrets that have been purposely and unlawfully concealed or simply have been forgotten by modern mankind over time.”
Site report card
Is it clear who founded the website and for what purpose and who operates it now?
It is not made clear who the founder and current operator is. The purpose is presented, but has spelling and phrasing issues, and is unnecessarily long.
Is it clear what is fact and what is opinion? Is it clear when the information is original to the website and when it has been gathered from other sources?
Fact and opinion are not differentiated and it is not clear if the information is original or gathered from elsewhere.
Are sources of information, claims or charges named and when they are not is the reason is clear? Are all facts are supported with evidence and is that evidence unbiased?
Sources of information, claims, or charges are sometimes present, but when they are missing there is no reason given for their absence. Some facts are supported with evidence, however the evidence is often controversial or vague.
Do articles emphasize authenticity and avoid language like “believe,” “think,” or “feel” when referring to sources other than the writer? Do articles avoid large, unattributed narrative sections?
Some articles try to convince the reader of authenticity directly, leading one to be less inclined to trust the article. Some use opinion words when referring to outside sources. Articles avoid large narrative sections.