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Big League Politics is an American far-right media website founded by former Breitbart News employees.[3][4] The site was announced in 2017 by one of its founders as an investigative outfit.[5] In early 2018, Big League Politics was acquired by Mustard Seed Media[6] which is owned by Reilly O'Neal and Noel Fritsch.[7] On its about page, Big League Politics states "We are not conservative. We are not liberal".[8] Its editor-in-chief is former Breitbart reporter Patrick Howley.[9] The Wall Street Journal describes the website as "backed by Republican operatives".[10]

Big League Politics
America's new source for hard-hitting investigative political journalism[1]
Owner(s)Mustard Seed Media
Political alignmentRight-wing to far-right
LanguageEnglish
WebsiteBig League Politics
Type of site
Politics
News and opinion
Websitebigleaguepolitics.com
Alexa rankIncrease 46,339 (as of February 2019)[2]
Current statusActive

The website has promoted conspiracy theories, on subjects such as QAnon and the murder of Seth Rich.[11][12][13] The New York Times described Big League Politics as "an obscure right-wing news site [...] which has promoted conspiracy theories and written favorably about white nationalist candidates."[14]

Big League Politics is best known for breaking a story in February 2019 about a damaging photo on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's 1984 yearbook page, leading to widespread calls for the governor's resignation during the 2019 Virginia political crisis.[15][16] The website also published sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax.[17][18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big League Politics • America's new source for hard-hitting investigative political journalism". Big League Politics. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  2. ^ "BigLeaguePolitics.com Site Overview". Alexa Internet. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Peters, Jeremy W. (2017-11-03). "Alternative Narrative Emerges in Conservative Media as Russia Inquiry Widens". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ "Secret message board drives 'pizzagate'-style harassment campaign of small businesses". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  5. ^ ROSIE GRAY (13 January 2017). "Breitbart Alumni Launch 'Populist-Nationalist' Group". The Atlantic. Retrieved 10 February 2019. Howley plans an investigative outfit called Big League Politics as the media arm of his project, though Stockton said the launch for that site was some time away.
  6. ^ Markay, Lachlan (2018-02-28). "Roy Moore Consultants' New Project: A Conspiracy-Theorizing Pro-Trump News Site". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  7. ^ Palmer, Anna; Sherman, Jake; Lippman, Daniel (4 Feb 2019). "POLITICO Playbook: Pats win, Trump's schedules are out and tomorrow is the SOTU". POLITICO. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  8. ^ "About".
  9. ^ Lachlan Markay (10 August 2017). "Donald Trump's Fissure With Senate Republicans Could Blow Up in Arizona". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 10 February 2019. a new initiative called the America First Project and an accompanying news organization, Big League Politics. With Howley as its editor in chief
  10. ^ Hagey, Keach (4 February 2019). "Site Behind Northam Revelations Is Backed by GOP Operatives". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Secret message board drives 'pizzagate'-style harassment campaign of small businesses". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  12. ^ Gabriel, Trip; Grynbaum, Michael M. (2019-02-04). "With Northam Picture, Obscure Publication Plays Big Role in Virginia Politics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  13. ^ Green, Jordan (21 October 2018). "This New Right-Wing Site Falsely Blamed A UNC Professor For Heather Heyer's Death". Huffington Post. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  14. ^ Gabriel, Trip; Grynbaum, Michael M. (4 February 2019). "With Northam Picture, Obscure Publication Plays Big Role in Virginia Politics". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  15. ^ Paul Fahri / Washington Post (February 3, 2019) A tip from a 'concerned citizen' helps a reporter land the scoop of a lifetime Sfgate.com
  16. ^ "'Big League Politics' Editor On Publishing Controversial Yearbook Page". NPR. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019. The image was first posted Friday by the website Big League Politics
  17. ^ "Virginia governor's deputy Justin Fairfax denies assault claims". Bbc.com. February 4, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  18. ^ Vargas, Theresa. "Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denies sex assault allegation from 2004". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved February 9, 2019.

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