About Doubtful News

A sharp-eyed view of questionable claims

Evidence-based critique of news of the paranormal, pseudoscience,
health claims, and anomalies.

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Doubtful News is an aggregator of strange and questionable claims in the media (not necessarily all doubtful or harmful) with a dose of critical thinking commentary.

DN is a science- and evidence-based site, an alternative to getting weird news from credulous or mystery mongering media. We are curious about what ACTUALLY may have happened and include additional information or commentary to help the reader see beyond the headlines and anecdotes.

Categories of news include: alt med/anti-vax, cryptozoology, hauntings, paranormal, UFOs, psychics, questionable claims, superstition, and money-making schemes, among others.

Story comments and additional information is welcome. Different points of view are welcome. However, the comments are moderated. Comment must refrain from potentially libelous accusations (fraud, scam, charlatan, fake) and name calling. See our COMMENT POLICY which is taken VERY seriously.

References encouraged, anecdotes discouraged, proselytizing and promotion of piffle PROHIBITED. 


1. Be the one-stop source of fascinating news for more critical thinkers.

2. Show you something you may not find on your own and address it faster than the mainstream media with additional useful information to judge the claims.

3. Provide the alternate view from a credulous media and update stories when info becomes available.

4. Allow pro-paranormal beliefs to be open for discussion. Bring your best evidence, though.

We are barraged with claims that are seriously questionable. Critical thinking is essential to wade through today’s news and marketing. DN is a resource to hear about critical pieces of the story that the media has left out. Be in the loop and well-informed. Visit DN everyday.

Contact Info

Questions, comments and requests for interviews can be directed to lithospherica@gmail.com

Editor: Sharon Hill  (@idoubtit)
Co-editor: Torkel Ødegård (@desertyard)


This blog began in August 2011 and has grown exponentially ever since. Run by skeptical advocate and science and the public specialist, Sharon Hill, the project was philosophically supported by all three major U.S. skeptical organizations – CFI-CSI, JREF, and Skeptics Society. We receive financial support from contributions to Lithospherica, LLC and ad revenue. Even though we value our affiliation with other organizations, we remain independent.


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