lobbying news website of choice, Axios, today attacked the Citizen Free Press aggregator as “fringe” despite the fact that the Drudge-killer aggregator is three times larger than Axios.
In an article analyzing President Trump’s successful web traffic haul, Axios “reported”:
Nearly 60% of traffic to Trump’s website from May to July of this year came from The Gateway Pundit, a far-right news and opinion website that has a reputation for spreading falsehoods and conspiracies, and Citizen Free Press, a fringe-right website that links out to stories using hyper-partisan headlines.
The National Pulse reached out to author Sara Fischer, as well as Axios senior staff to ascertain an explanation for the attempted hit job on Citizen Free Press. No one responded.
Meanwhile, an analysis of traffic data revealed Citizen Free Press receives three times the traffic that Axios does, arguably making the latter the “fringe” site.
Citizen Free Press enjoyed 45 million page views in July, while Axios delivered just 16 million, a paltry number considering their large staffing and marketing complements as well as huge corporate sponsorships from lobbying firms and giants like Walmart.
“Kane,” the anonymous founder of the wildly popular right-wing aggregator, tweeted his response to Axios:
I founded Citizen Free Press which you mention in your story this morning.
You called CFP a fringe-right website.
Citizen Free Press gets 3 TIMES the monthly pageviews of Axios.
45 million for CFP vs 16 million for Axios.
Is that why you called CFP fringe-right?
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 11, 2020
The news comes as establishment news sites as well as so-called “independent” fact-checkers tighten the screws on right wing media ahead of the 2020 election.
The National Pulse understands that Big Tech bias doesn’t have a large impact on Citizen Free Press and its traffic because the site relies on regular readers rather than social media links to drive it success.
Axios also lashed out at Gateway Pundit, a right-wing news site run by a gay conservative, Jim Hoft.
While Axios claims their big corporate sponsorships don’t affect their editorial positions, it is well known in the Washington, D.C. media circuit that corporates tend only to sponsor “news” outlets that portray them or their issues in a favorable light.