Grftr was founded in July 2020 as a website and discussion forum dedicated to countering online disinformation, misleading stories, and exposing online grifters of all stripes via debunkings, criticism, analysis, and review.
Together with your help, we can become a resource to combat grifters who are endangering our political processes, families, health, and safety.
Who are we?
At the moment just @TimPoolClips on Twitter though I eventually hope to add more people.
What are our goals?
We aim to provide a platform which has two key roles: dissemination of useful material and fostering community.
On the first front, we aim to collaboratively create resources to help combat online disinformation artists and misleading stories. These resources could include exposé’s, debunkings, criticism, dunks, etc.. little is off-limits. We also aim to produce (and perhaps eventually commission) original reporting and analysis on a variety of topics. Part of our efforts will involve creating ‘fact sheets’ about selected grifters and links to external content debunking, criticising, or dunking on them.
We have also created a forum to help bring people together to discuss grifters, their supporters, and the harm they’re both causing. We also envisage that people will be able to promote their content and help reach new audiences on the forum.
Why Do You Focus on Tim Pool so much?
According to our research, Tim Pool appears to be the most viewed rightwing Youtuber. Although established rightwing brands such as Fox News still beat him on view counts he absolutely dominates his competition in the alternative media sphere beating out the likes of Ben Shapiro, Prager U, Steven Crowder and more by tens of millions of monthly views. Pool also makes thousands of dollars from his daily livestreams and channel sponsors. In July 2019 Tim Pool was invited to visit the White House by Donald Trump and Pool has also quizzed Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast – the biggest podcast in the world. Yet despite all this Pool has received little critical attention. We hope to change this and aim to bring you hard-hitting criticism, debunkings, and discussions about Pool, his work, and his influence.
What is a grifter?
In our view, a grifter is anyone who uses online resources to make a quick buck at the expense of principles and empathy and without regard to the harm they are doing. No political, religious, or cultural group has a monopoly on grifters, they exist everywhere.
Grifting is less about any specific act and more about a prolonged pattern of behavior and speech. Online and real-world impact are also crucial factors to bear in mind.
While intent is an important factor it is also impossible to ever truly know a person’s mind so claimed intent should hold little sway when evaluating an alleged grifter. That said mere imagined intent should also not be the sole basis for designating a person a grifter.
Some grifters may well claim to have a consistent worldview. A political grifter may well claim to be working from “classically liberal” or “center left” principles and a science/health grifter might claim to be using “science” or “the scientific method” however when the totality of their output and impact is observed the true story becomes more clear.
How can I help?
You need no previous experience with… well anything but if you’re a journalist, content producer, expert in a specific field, techy person, editor (of any medium), podcaster etc… we’d be delighted to chat with you – particularly if you are planning on producing content about any of the grifters covered here or if you know them personally
We are still in the very early stages of this process and will definitely experience teething problems so please be gentle and forgiving.
You can get in touch either via DMing us on twitter @TimPoolClips or contacting us via the contact form on this website.
Note: The definitions set forth on this page are interim and subject to change at a later date. They are not to be read as confirmed or forever fixed.
Disclaimer: Any claims made on this page are pure opinion. Nothing is to be read as a factual allegation that any identifiable person, organisation, or group of people engages in any knowingly dishonest behavior or that they are engaged in any efforts to defraud, mislead, or harm their audience or any other person, organisation, or group of people.