Zero Hedge

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Founders: Daniel Ivandjiiski, Tim Backshall, Colin Lokey

Owner: ABC Media Limited
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Zero Hedge is a financial, underground-alternative, conservative media blog, which doesn't shrink from perspectives censored by the commercially-controlled media. It was included in the original 2016 PropOrNot list of 200 "Fake News" websites and has been consistently one of the most popular sites on that list.

Attribution

Many of the Zero Hedge writers write under the pseudonym 'Tyler Durden'. Contributing editors offer a regular selection of articles to the site[1]. Several contributing editors, who formerly promoted and supported Donald Trump during the 2016 US election, daily debunking insane, over-the-top attacks from corporate media which all proved almost conveniently false, have now switched almost universally to promoting Progressive-Democrat, Tulsi Gabbard 2020 Campaign, with virtually zero vetting of her campaign to expose her hypocrisy, flip-flopping and ties to the Council on Foreign Relations, as they did for Trump in the 2016 Election cycle. Often more can be learned, simply reading the comments section at the bottom of any article, than from the articles themselves. Regulars do a good job debunking poorly researched or overly biased articles, along with offering links to other interesting sources/sites. Since anyone may register to comment, the site has seen an influx of trolls, in recent years, possibly from intelligence agencies, along with bad actors promoting links to computer viruses. Site commentators do a good job identifying regular offenders.

Manifesto

Zero Hedge bills itself as a whistleblower outlet, using the 'Tyler Durden' pseudonym to disguise sources and authors.[2]

Reporting

Site bias leans mega-bear, constantly threatening the end of world, daily predicting an 'Armageddon' that never comes to pass and has a dismal record on stock market predictions as well. Zero Hedge has been a widow-maker in bad market calls since 2011, although they occasionally make a spectacular call that proves right, so one shouldn't simply dismiss all financial-news articles. Site leans "apolitical" and will attack any candidate or politician for corruption, but leans towards conservative-populism.

September 11, 2001

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11

On September 11, 2018, Zero Hedge posted an article by David Stolinsky which supported the 9/11 official narrative of the 19 hijackers that recommended that the US use a "size-14 boot stomp... [in the Middle East] to encourage our friends and frighten our enemies".[3]

Censorship

Christchurch Mass Shooting‎

Zero Hedge was censored in New Zealand after the Christchurch Mass Shooting‎. A few days earlier it had been censored by Facebook, a ban that was later termed "a mistake" and repealed.[4]

2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak‎‎

Full article: 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak‎‎

Zero Hedge was censored after suggesting that COVID-19 might not be entirely of natural origin.[5] Six Reasons Why Covid-19 Fails The Sniff Test commented that "the hysteria has a sort of Y2K vibe to it all."[6]

Source of Funding

ZeroHedge is owned by ABC Media Ltd. In one lawsuit, ABC Media was identified as a Bulgarian company. Cornerstone Macro v Ivandjiiski

Indeed, ABC Media Ltd. is listed on Bulgaria’s corporate registry. Founded in 2011, ABC Media (АБЦ Медия) is a single member LLC. The sole proprietor is Krassimir Ivandjiiski (Красимир Иванджийски).

In 1974, Krassimir Ivandjiiski became a member of the International Organization of Journalists (an organization labeled as a front for SOVIET propaganda). In 1975, he was an international correspondent for the Rabotnichesko Delo newspaper. Rabotnichesko Delo (Bulgarian: Работническо дело, "Workers' Deed") was a leftist Bulgarian newspaper that was the media organ of the Bulgarian COMMUNIST Party's Central Committee[1] and was one of the People's Republic of Bulgaria's highest-circulation newspapers. The Bulgarian Communist Party (BCP; Bulgarian: Българска Комунистическа Партия (БКП), romanized: Bëlgarska Komunističeska Partija (BKP)) was the Communist and Marxist-Leninist ruling party of the People's Republic of Bulgaria from 1946 until 1989 when the country ceased to be a socialist state. The Bulgarian Communist Party had dominated the Fatherland Front coalition that took power in 1944, late in World War II, after it led a coup against Bulgaria's tsarist regime in conjunction with the Red Army's crossing the border. It controlled its armed forces, the Bulgarian People's Army.... ...BCP was committed to Marxism-Leninism, an ideology consisted of the writings of the German philosopher Karl Marx and Lenin that was introduced in 1929 by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in which the industries in Bulgaria were nationalized and a planned economy was implemented. In the 1960s, the BCP announced some economic reforms, which allowed the free sale of production that exceeded planned amounts. After Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev took power in 1985, the BCP underwent political and economic liberalization which promptly liquidated the party and dissolved the Bulgarian People's Republic completely. After the end of the BCP, the party was renamed to the Bulgarian Socialist Party in 1990, which retained connections with Russia.

Conclusion: Zerohedge is a go-to source for conservative readers desiring an alternative view and explanation to mainstream media's official narratives. Zerohedge generally promotes Russian-favorable propaganda and the Russian worldview however. It's not obvious unless viewed over extended study. Foreign policy articles promote Russia as good, America/NATO bad, similar to RT (Russia Today), leaving readers suspicious of their own governments and cheering Russian military victories and aggression against western imperialism. Promoting a Russian favorable worldview isn't wrong, however it's biased. Zerohedge appears in steady decline as a cutting edge conspiracy source. More mainstream, less controversial, telling readers what is already known, repeating official conspiracy narratives, with tantalizing headlines, but little story substance.

 

A Quote by Zero Hedge

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PropOrNot“In this article, you'll meet some of the people staffing Propornot. You'll meet the people and publications that provide their expenses and cover the logistics. You'll meet a few of the deep state players. We'll deal with them very soon. They need to see this as the warning shot over the bow and start playing nice with regular people. After that, you'll meet the NGO's that are funding and orchestrating all of it.”25 January 2018

 

Documents sourced from Zero Hedge

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Mueller Scrambles To Limit Evidence After Indicted Russians Actually Show Up In CourtArticleRobert Mueller
Russia
Concord Management and Consulting
Alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections
13 June 2018'Tyler Durden'This is probably the first time in the history of litigation that a plaintiff (here, prosecutor) has told a court that it may not have obtained good service of process on a defendant that has appeared to defend the case on the merits. Robert Mueller to US District Court: "We didn’t really mean it, Judge! We had no idea they might actually show up!"
Document:Russia Claims US Deploys Warships For Imminent Attack On Syria, Trains Militants For False Flag Attackblog postSyria
White Helmets
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon
Sergei Skripal
Novichok
17 March 2018'Tyler Durden'United States-led coalition to "retaliate" for another false flag chemical attack done by the White Helmets in Syria
Document:Sept 11 Widow Is First American To Sue Saudi Arabia For Terrorism: Her Full LawsuitArticle9-11
Saudi Arabia
Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
1 October 2016'Tyler Durden'Widow of 9-11 victim Navy Commander Patrick Dunn sues Saudi Arabia
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