John Crane/Tyler Shapiro Network

In a February 2017 article, BuzzFeed News discovered that several hyper-partisan clickbait/fake news sites shared the same writing style and posted extremely similar content.  They also share the same Google Analytics ID, which is a very, very strong sign that they are created by the same people.

Those people are John Crane and Tyler Shapiro, officers at American News LLC.

Mediaite also weighed in:

So does it surprise you to learn that two hyper-partisan clickbait mills are owned by the same company? Are you shaken to your core to find out that the sites Liberal Society and Conservative 101 are not helmed by principled progressives and conservatives, respectively? Are you devastated to learn that money and manufactured outrage are more important than deeply-held values on one side of the aisle or the other?


  • Devout America

    A newer addition to the John Crane/Tyler Shapiro clickbait network, Devout America publishes inflammatory, click-bait headlines paired with poorly-written articles that do not necessarily support them. For example, the story “… Read More

    September 18, 2017
  • Conservative 101

    An extremely partisan, right wing clickbait-style publication.  The articles are often extremely poorly-sourced, and have headlines that are so misleading that they can be fairly be called “fake news”. For… Read More

    September 18, 2017
  • Liberal Society

    Liberal Society posts extremely partisan and poorly sourced articles, often with inflammatory headlines that are not well-supported by the article’s text. Media Bias/Fact Check says that the site “does… Read More

    September 18, 2017
  • American News

    American News posts stories that are largely or entirely invented, and always with a right-leaning or pro-Trump spin.  Media Matters called their Facebook page “perhaps the largest page regularly… Read More

    December 5, 2016