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Notes on { Sources of | Exclusions from } News & Information

Source Persagen.com
URL Sources.html
Author Victoria Stuart
Date 2020-07-03
Modified
Summary Notes on informational sources (notably, exclusions).

Contents

Editorial Practices Concerning Wikipedia-Sourced Material on Persagen.com

While Wikipedia is a valuable source of material, the crowdsourced content is subject to adversarial editing - particularly on controversial topics - by factions advocating different points-of-view. For example, note the following items.

  • [CBC.ca, 2021-08-19] Canadian Nobel scientist's deletion from Wikipedia points to wider bias, study finds.  Physicist Donna Strickland's case wasn't unique: A new study suggests why women's profiles get erased.

  • [EcoWatch.com, 2021-12-24] Volunteers Work to Keep Climate Deniers off of Wikipedia.

  • ...
  • Accordingly, material sourced from Wikipedia (and other sources) - replicated on Persagen.com - is subject to the following editorial practices.

  • Comments are added (where particularly needed), e.g. to clarify content (e.g., disambiguation of named entities; coreference resolution; improved comprehension by both humans and machines), improve or correct poor grammar, make corrections, or address omissions. For example:

  • Replicated text is often gently edited, for example by adding links to referenced entities and material, and to facilitate the addition of metadata (and it's subsequent programmatic use, e.g. using natural language processing). In all instances, the original semantic meaning of the original text is preserved (and generally enhanced).

  • While minor edits to scraped Wikipedia content may not be indicated, substantial edits are clearly indicated as as comments appended to the original (source) Wikipedia article , at or near the edit site. E.g.:

  • Infrequently, blocks of sourced content may reorganized for improved continuity and readability. Likewise (very rarely) sourced sentences may be simplified (e.g. split into two sentences), to improve grammar and understanding.

  • References to named entities in Wikipedia and other articles may be edited to resolve coreferences and to clarify semantic content. Sentence structure may at times also be slightly edited, for better readability.

    While the liberal replacement of pronouns with their referent forms (e.g. personal names) needlessly increases repetition for the Reader, those substitutions greatly disambiguate the text providing greater clarity for the Reader as well as facilitating more robust and accurate machine-based natural natural language processing (named entity recognition; coreference resolution; machine reading and comprehension; ...).

  • Unlike other sourced material on Persagen.com, Wikipedia references - which are crowdsourced and may be very numerous - are not vetted. This file ("Persagen: Sources") contains notes on various news sources - many of which are otherwise excluded on Persagen.com, but are nevertheless used by the internet community when authoring Wikipedia articles. Because of this - and more practically, to improve readability to humans and machines - Wikipedia references are omitted on Wikipedia content replicated on Persagen.

  • Key named entities in the article are identified and linked to other relevant content, textually / ontologically / graphically (graphical model: semantic property graph; ...).

  • "Additional reading" (news articles, ...) subsections containing content relevant to the article are appended at the bottoms of those articles. Those additions contain well-sourced material that is generally more recent that the content appearing above it on those pages - free of the adversarial editing practices that occur on Wikipedia.

  • While the editorial decisions above improve the informational content of Wikipedia articles, the Reader should note the dates of additions of Wikipedia content, additionally referring to the main Wikipedia page for the most recent ("raw") content.

  • Editorial Practices: Exemplar

    Ostensively defended as protecting the unborn fetus, United States anti-abortion / pro-life movements opportunistically conflate that issue with other issues aligned with Christian Right and socially conservative movements. These include the following, generally meticulously planned and well-coordinated strategies.

  • Erosion of women's rights and attacks on feminist movements (rights to self-determination).

  • Erosion of the separation of church and state (e.g. introducing religious doctrine in schools).

  • Anti-LGBT agendae (homophobia; transphobia; same-sex marriage; rights to self-determination).

  • Attacks on the transgender community, largely based on pseudoscience, stereotypes, ignorance, prejudice, and disinformation.

  • Conscientious objections or moral objections to providing services (healthcare, etc.) based on religious convictions.

  • Whenever and wherever anti-abortion activity take hold, erosions of women's rights and anti-LGBT attacks (particularly on the relatively smaller, more stigmatized and vulnerable transgender community) invariably follow.

    In that regard, this 2021-11-04 Thomson Reuters Foundation news item, OPINION: LGBT+ rights in Poland are at a tipping point, contains the following paragraph.

    As of 2021-11-04 - despite international condemnation  [local copy] of the nearly absolute abolition of abortion and LGBT rights in Poland - the lengthy Wikipedia entry for Poland does not mention any of the following terms.

  • "gay";

  • "gender" (hence, no mention of "gender identity");

  • "LBGT";

  • "LGBT"; or,

  • "trans" (hence, no mention of "transgender", etc.)".

  • The sole mentions of "abortion" or "sexuality" in Wikipedia's article on Poland are in the following paragraph (at the end of the Law subsection).

    Absence of discussion of anti-abortion and anti-LGBT issues (affecting millions of people directly and indirectly) in Wikipedia's Poland article reflect censorship by omission. Accordingly, while Wikipedia is an important source of information, per Editorial Practices at Persagen,  content sourced from Wikipedia is:

    1. scrutinized for content, errors, and omissions; and,

    2. supplemented with additional content relevant to that content.

    As a further example, as of 2021-11-04 neither of the Wikipedia articles Google or Censorship by Google mention former employee Timnit Gebru. In December 2020, Timnit Gebru's employment with Google as technical co-lead of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team ended after higher Google managers asked her to either withdraw an as-yet-unpublished paper, or remove the names of all the Google employees from that paper. That issue received wide coverage in the popular and technical press, yet the aforementioned Wikipedia articles on Google (even the Censorship by Google) fail to mention Timnit Gebru.

    Editorial Practices: Other Practices

  • To aid the reader in discerning adjacent yet distinct internet links, compounded URLs are separated by double spaces; e.g.:


  • Fact Checking Resources

    Comment on Independence of Fact-Checking Websites (Persagen.com)

  • [πŸ“Œ pinned article] Comment (Persagen.com).

  • Regarding sources of information for Persagen.com, this file annotates web sites that are regularly encountered by Persagen or other users. All sources need to be carefully and continually scrutinized for accuracy and bias. Informational sources requiring additional inspection are flagged as follows.

  • ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to ownership by ...

  • Suggestions for assessing ⚠️ yellow-flagged sites include examining the author(s), author affiliations, explicit and implicit biases, etc.

    Note: due to it's breadth of coverage, depth of analyses, and categorization of bias and ranking of credibility I rely extensively on Media Bias/Fact Check as a first line of analysis regarding suitability of informational sources for inclusion on Persagen.com. HOWEVER, even Media Bias/Fact Check is biased; accordingly, their reviews and conclusions must be studied, analytically. As an example, as of 2021-10-30 Media Bias/Fact Check assigned a "HIGH CREDIBILITY' rating to National Review, despite stated failed fact checks and sourcing of information from known disinformation sources. Hence, I ⚠️ -flag Media Bias/Fact Check, for increased scrutiny of it's content, analyses, and ratings.

    Challenges to sourcing and distributing newsworthy information include attacks on journalists / journalism, the decline of local journalism, monopolization of news domains, misinformation and disinformation, and disproportionate influence of extreme wealth.

    Regarding the influence of wealth, wealthy corporations and billionaires - in addition to owing major news sources such as Bloomberg News (Michael Bloomberg) and The Washington Post (Jeff Bezos) - fund charitable organizations such as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation,   the MacArthur Foundation,   The Ford Foundation,  the Carnegie Corporation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Foundation to Promote Open Society  [billionaire George Soros' Open Society Foundations, ...

    In the worst cases, Machiavellian billionaires such as Charles Koch have funded otherwise reputable fact-checking sites such as Poynter Institute - which despite claims of independence must be closely scrutinized for neoliberal biases that benefit the Koch plutocracy. The Poynter Institute has also received funding left-wing billionaire George Soros. Of note regarding this discussion, the Poynter Institute also established the highly-regarded and used International Fact-Checking Network  (IFCN).

    As a further example, the fact-checking The Trust Project from highly influential and questionable entities Google,   the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the Markkula Foundation, and Facebook. The Markkula Foundation is a nebulous entity lacking a Wikipedia entry - which given its influence, is a "yellow flag." Likewise eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's Wikipedia page does not mention the Democracy Fund - a charitable foundation created by Pierre Omidyar which partially funds The Trust Project. Although not without some controversies, the highly-regarded and influential investigative journalism site The Intercept is partially funded by Pierre Omidyar's media company, , a non-profit media organization focused on entertainment studios, consumer businesses, and journalism. Omidyar initially committed $250 million and continues to support it through First Look Media.

    We now live in a post-truth society - fueled by misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories propagated on mass media sites such as Fox News and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. With recent advances in artificial intelligence including machine learning and natural language processing, hyper-realistic fake content is easily and abundantly generated by specialists and novices alike. Neural networks can effortlessly generate deepfake videos, while deep contextualized language models such as BERT,   GPT-3, and other natural language processing language models. Furthermore, even well-engineered neural networks are prone to algorithmic bias. Recognizing, appreciating and understanding those phenomena requires expert knowledge of the rapidly evolving artificial intelligence and mass media domains.

    Ultimately - even given fact-checking services (such as IFCN and curated informational sources such as Persagen.com - you must ultimately use your experience and common sense to partition fact from fiction, and truth from non-truth. While there is no perfect solution, recommendations  [local copy, 2021-10-21] from the Library at the University of California - Merced) provide a reasonable approach.

    General Recommendations

  • [πŸ“Œ pinned article] Ultimately, selection and fact-checking of sources and information is an individual responsibility. These recommendations  [local copy, 2021-10-21] from the Library at the University of California - Merced) provide a reasonable approach.


  • Ballotpedia.org

  • Ballotpedia, an online encyclopedia about U.S. political and judicial systems, published by the Lucy Burns Institute.

  • FactCheck.org

  • FactCheck.org (Wikipedia).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: overall, Factcheck.org is a least biased credible fact-checker that is Very High for factual reporting due to impeccable sourcing of information.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: VERY-HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Factcheck.org is a nonprofit website that describes itself as a non-partisan "consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics." It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Factcheck.org has won four Webby Awards in the Politics category in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Annenberg Foundation owns and funds Factcheck.org. The Annenberg Foundation receives grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Analysis / Bias

    Factcheck.org provides well-sourced unbiased fact-checking. Quite simply, Factcheck.org can be trusted to provide accurate fact checks with minimal bias. Factcheck.org is used by Media Bias Fact Check as a resource to check claims when reviewing sources. They are on our Top 10 Fact Checker list.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None. They are an IFCN Fact Checker.

    ICANN

  • ICANN (domain name registry; check, verify domain ownership, ...)

  • Wikipedia entry (2021-10-22):

  • List of Fact-Checking Websites (Wikipedia)

  • Wikipedia:  List of fact-checking websites  (bookmarked at "North America" subsection).

  • Media Bias/Fact Check

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

    Media Bias/Fact Check (stylized Media Bias/Fact Check)  |  MBFC  |  MediaBiasFactCheck.com

    Comment. Due to it's breadth of coverage, depth of analyses, and categorization of bias and ranking of credibility I rely extensively on Media Bias/Fact Check as a first line of analysis regarding suitability of informational sources for inclusion on Persagen.com. HOWEVER, even Media Bias/Fact Check is biased; accordingly, their reviews and conclusions must be studied, analytically. As an example, as of 2021-10-30 Media Bias/Fact Check assigned a "HIGH CREDIBILITY' rating to National Review, despite stated failed fact checks and sourcing of information from known disinformation sources. Hence, I ⚠️ -flag Media Bias/Fact Check, for increased scrutiny of it's content, analyses, and ratings.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com

  • Wikipedia: Media Bias/Fact Check, 2021-10-21

  • NewsGuard

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources over concerns of funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  (which holds disproportionate wealth and influence), associations of co-founder Gordon Crovitz with The Wall Street Journal (owned by the disreputable ownership by Rupert Murdoch), revenue sourced from advertisers, other concerns.

  • Type: browser extension; mobile application.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate NewsGuard Least Biased based on neutral wording and the use of a credible methodology. We also rate them High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing of all information.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

  • History

    Founded in 2018, NewsGuard is a browser extension that displays the credibility and transparency of media sources. Steven Brill and Louis "L." Gordon Crovitz are the Co-Founders. Brill founded The American Lawyer, Court TV, and the Yale Journalism Initiative. L. Gordon Crovitz was the publisher and columnist of The Wall Street Journal.

    Funded by / Ownership

    NewsGuard is a for-profit company that began with $6 million dollars of seed funding. Investors include the two co-founders, as well as notable groups such as the Knight Foundation and Cox Investment Holdings. A full list of the seed donors can be found hereNewsGuard generates revenue through licensing of its ratings to advertisers, who use these ratings when determining what sites are safe to place their advertising. They have also formed a partnership with Microsoft Corporation by having their extension built into the Microsoft EdgeNewsGuard is currently seeking more partnerships and licensing agreements.

    Analysis / Bias

    NewsGuard reviews and rates media and information sources using a 100 point scale. Each source is rated on 9 different criteria and with each criterion having a different weight that totals 100 for a perfect score. Any source that scores a 60 or above will be given a green shield and those below 60 will receive a red shield. NewsGuard also provides, what it calls a "Nutrition Label", to explain how they came to their conclusions. The nutrition label is well-sourced and provides examples to support their claims.

    In review, NewsGuard reviews media websites and rates them according to the criteria listed above. The information provided on their nutrition labels is thorough and sourced properly. They also do not use loaded words and maintain a neutral tone in their reviews. We found that there are many sources given a green shield rating, that we rate Mixed for factual reporting. This simply indicates that they have a different standard in their ratings. Perhaps a yellow shield would be appropriate for sources that are transparent, but occasionally publish misleading information, or as we rate them "Factually Mixed." NewsGuard does not factor bias into their ratings, though they will mention it on their nutrition label. The primary focus of the ratings is on transparency and lack of deception, such as labeling advertising and separating opinion from news pieces.

    NewsGuard has faced both criticism and praise. The number one criticism of NewsGuard, is that some sites that many perceive as being untrustworthy, were given a green shield and some sources that people find trustworthy were given a red shield (Al Jazeera).  NewsGuard has been criticized by Breitbart News  [notorious disinformation source; note also past associations with Steve Bannon] as "the establishment media's latest effort to blacklist alternative media sites" NewsGuard denies this claim.

    In general, NewsGuard provides evidence-based information that is well-sourced and adheres to established criteria.

    OpenSecrets.org

  • See main entry (below).

  • PolitiFact.com

  • See main entry (below).

  • RationalWiki

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources; RationalWiki is a combative (trolling) wiki-styled website presenting highly-biased points of view that - despite being ideologically opposed to conspiratorial / alternative medicine / fundamentalist Christian / ... content favored at self-described American conservative and fundamentalist ChristianConservapedia - diminishes readers' confidence in RationalWiki content.  [Comment: As a general recommendation, it is probably best to avoid highly-biased, combative sources of information.]

  • RationalWiki main page:

  • Wikipedia entry (2021-10-22):

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate RationalWiki Left-Center biased based on the use of loaded language against conservatives and High for factual reporting due to pro-science reporting coupled with proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

  • History

    Founded in April 2007 by Peter Lipson, a doctor of internal medicine, RationalWiki analyzes and refutes pseudoscience and the anti-science movement, documenting the full range of crank ideas, explorations of authoritarianism and fundamentalism, analysis and criticism of how these subjects are handled in the media.

    From a historical perspective, RationalWiki was created as a response to Conservapedia, which is routinely critical of liberals and atheists. MBFC lists Conservapedia as a Questionable source based on the publication of right-wing Christian Propaganda, as well as false reports.

    Funded by / Ownership

    RationalWiki is owned by the RationalMedia Foundation and is funded through donations.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, RationalWiki is a wiki site that is open source and editable by anyone. RationalWiki is different from Wikipedia in that they openly use loaded language to describe conservatives and those who promote conspiracies and pseudoscience. In general, RationalWiki does not attempt to hide their bias as they routinely poke fun at conservatives. This has led to them being labeled leftists. Perhaps RationalWiki leans left, but in the end, they are a pro-Science source. In general, all information is sourced to credible sources of evidence, much like Wikipedia.

    A factual search reveals RationalWiki has not failed a fact check.

    Snopes.com

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to past issues of plagiarism by Snopes owner David Mikkelson and other senior management issues, associations with Facebook, ...

  • Snopes

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  we rate Snopes Left-Center biased based on news story selection that slightly favors a liberal perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to an investigation that indicates a co-founding editor engaged in plagiarism. The plagiarism was not related to Fact-Checks and they remain credible for fact-checking.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1994 by Barbara Mikkelson and David MikkelsonSnopes.com, also known as the Urban Legends Reference Pages, was one of the first online fact-checking websites. It is a resource for validating and debunking such stories in American popular culture. Snopes ownership has said that the site receives more complaints of liberal bias than conservative bias but insists that the same debunking standards are applied to all political claims and urban legends.

    On 8/13/2021, a BuzzFeed investigation revealed that co-founder David Mikkelson plagiarized over 50 news stories between 2015 and 2019.

    Plagiarism by Snopes Co-founder David Mikkelson

    On 2021-08-13, BuzzFeed News published an investigation by reporter Dean Sterling Jones that showed David Mikkelson had used plagiarized material from different news sources in 54 articles between 2015 and 2019 in an effort to increase website traffic. Mikkelson also published plagiarized material under a pseudonym, "Jeff Zarronandia". The BuzzFeed inquiry prompted Snopes to launch an internal review of Mikkelson's articles and retracted 60 of them the day the Buzzfeed story appeared. Mikkelson admitted to committing "multiple serious copyright violations" and apologized for "serious lapses in judgment." He was suspended from editorial duties during the investigation, but remains an officer and stakeholder in the company. [Source; Wikipedia: Snopes: Plagiarism by co-founder David Mikkelson, 2021-10-22.]

    Funded by / Ownership

    According to their about page, Snopes.com is an independent publication owned by Snopes Media Group. They derive funding from online advertising as well as donations. They fully disclose funding and expenses, as well as listing any donation over $10,000. For example, they list that Facebook paid them $100,000, and the James Randi Educational Foundation awarded them $75,000 in the past. In 2020, they received a donation of $10,030 from Wei-Hwa Huang and Trisha Brooke Huang. Snopes offers full transparency with funding.

    Analysis

    In 2012, FactCheck.org reviewed a sample of Snopes' responses to political rumors regarding George W. Bush,   Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama and found them free from bias in all cases. Critics of the site have made the false claim  [Comment: note: The New York Times article] that the website is funded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, which has been debunked many times as they are funded through advertising and donations, which they disclose.

    Snopes was previously  a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) that the Poynter Institute runs. Snopes was independently verified by the IFCN, which lists its core principles as: "non-partisanship and fairness, transparency of sources, transparency of funding and organization, transparency of methodology, and open and honest corrections policy." They met these criteria, along with 80+ other fact-checkers worldwide. However, in 2019 they left the IFCN.

    Further, Snopes always openly source their information and avoid emotional wording, though they occasionally publish news stories that offer some opinions. Snopes is frequently accused of liberal bias by some on the right. For example, the Daily Express of the U.K. [see Daily Mail entry] and the Daily Caller  [Daily Caller] have criticized them for fact checks they felt were wrong or biased against the right.

    Bias

    According to research performed by Real Clear Politics in the article: "Snopes and Editorializing Fact Checks," they determined that out of the six fact-checkers working with Facebook, "that Snopes is the least likely to fact-check matters of opinion." This is important because opinion is something that cannot be fact-checked. The article went on to say, "We have found that since we started our project, Snopes has fact-checked opinions only 2 percent of the time. In other words, 98 percent of the time, it sticks to matters of verifiable fact. Such an achievement is even more remarkable given that during this period, they produced the second-most articles of the six fact-checking outfits."

    In 2021, Snopes' fact-checks remain properly sourced and factual. We have also found a reasonable balance between fact checks on the right and left as a new Democratic administration makes statements subject to fact-checking.

    Finally, the Snopes website also features news reports from other sources such as The Associated Press. From an editorial perspective, the news stories they choose to publish are slightly more favorable to the left, such as this: "Founders: Removal from office is not the only purpose of impeachment." This story is republished from The Conversation. Original reporting such as this: "Is Trump Withdrawing Deportation Protections for Families of Active Troops?" is low biased, factual, and properly sourced to left-leaning sources such as NPR and The New York Times, as well as government sources. In general, Snopes' original reporting and news curation hold a left-of-center bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    Snopes.com is a Fact-Checker.

    Trust Project, The

  • Trust Project  |  Wikipedia entry


  • News aggregators

    In computing, a news aggregator, also termed a feed aggregator, feed reader, news reader, RSS reader or simply an aggregator, is client software or a web application that aggregates syndicated web content such as online newspapers, blogs, podcasts, and video blogs (vlogs) in one location for easy viewing. The updates distributed may include journal tables of contents, podcasts, videos, and news items.

  • Benefits.  Depending on how they are configured, news aggregators can scrape a large swaths of the internet for information, countering the filter bubble state of intellectual isolation.

  • Concerns.  Depending on how they are configured, news aggregators generally provide unsupervised content, that must be carefully scrutinized for errors. omissions and facts.

  • RECOMMENDATION. The use of news aggregators is discouraged in favor of the pursuit of knowledge from a cross-section of reputable sources - ideally, primary sources.

  • News aggregation websites include: Facebook News,   Google NewsDrudge ReportHuffPostFarkZero HedgeNewslookupNewsvineTwitchy (a Twitter aggregator), World News Network, and The Daily Beast.


  • 19th, The

  • Wikipedia entry

  • website:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2021-03-29: overall, we rate The 19th News Left Biased based on editorial positions and advocacy for progressive causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to full transparency, proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Agence France Presse (AFP)

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize due to ties to and funding from the French government.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate AFP Least Biased based on balanced story selection and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1835, Agence France Presse (AFP) is an international French news agency headquartered in Paris, France. French writer and translator Charles-Louis Havas founded Agence France Presse (AFP) as Agency Havas. In the early days, Charles-Louis Havas translated articles from foreign papers, selling the translations to bankers, traders, and politicians using carrier pigeons to dispatch news. Agence Havas was the first to start using the Morse Telegraph, which enabled them to transmit news quickly and became a primary means of distribution throughout France and Europe. Subsequently, Charles-Louis Havas transformed his company into a multinational advertising and public relations company.

    Two of his employees, Paul Julius Reuter and Bernard Wolff, later founded their own news agencies, Reuters in London and Wolff in Germany. Following the liberation of Paris in 1944, Journalists of the French Resistance established AFP (Agence France Presse) as a wire service. The French government gave AFP the assets of Agence Havas, including the Paris building that became its headquarters.

    As of April 2018, The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer is Fabrice Fries. Agence France Presse's Global Editor in Chief is Philip Chetwynd  [local copy].

    Funded by / Ownership

    In 1981, the New Internationalist published an article called "The Big Four" (referring to the 'big four' news agencies United Press InternationalThe Associated Press,   Reuters, and Agence France Presse) in which they described Agence France Presse as "AFP is the only one which depends on subsidy from the government of its company - usually through official subscriptions by government offices. As a result, it is often regarded as the voice of the French government."

    Currently, Agence France Presse (AFP) is still supported financially by the French state and gets up to 40 percent of its funding from the French government but maintains its editorial independence by parliament. In April 2018, AFP's chairman and CEO Emmanuel Hoog stepped down after failing to secure government support. The French state only controls three of the 18 seats on AFP's board; however, a CEO can't operate without its confidence since the French government, through its various agencies, is AFP's principal source of revenue.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, AFP delivers news in video, text, photographs, multimedia, graphics, and video graphics. Agence France Presse (AFP) utilizes neutral headlines such as "Poland's Supreme Court top judge defies retirement law," and "Waves of strikes pound south Syria after talks fail." All information contained in news articles is sourced through quotations, links, and the use of field journalists covering stories. A factual search reveals that AFP has not failed any fact checks. In fact, AFP is considered a credible fact-checker in itself.

    According to a Slate Magazine article, AFP first distributed and then tried to retract an unflattering photo of French President Francois Hollande, but this caused criticism as Slate states, "AFP had bowed to political pressure, thus causing some people to call into question the agency's credibility." Further, some organizations, such as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), claim that AFP has an anti-Israel bias. However, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is a powerful Boston-based lobby group that tries to curb criticism of Israel in U.S. media. In other words, CAMERA has a strong pro-Israel bias.

    Although we did not find substantial evidence of State bias in our review, it must be considered that 40% of their funding comes from the French government, which may influence reporting.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date. They are an IFCN fact-checker.


    AlterNet

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources. AlterNet.org often lifts articles from Daily Kos and The New Civil Rights Movement - which due to questionable content is excluded from sources. Alternet also frequently lifts articles from Salon (and sometimes vice versa). While MediaBiasFactCheck.com rates Salon.com as "mostly factual," due to the overlap between content posted, shared, and reposted on DailyKos.com, AlterNet.org, The New Civil Rights Movement, Salon.com, ... I am excluding these three sources.

  • AlterNet.org landing page.

  • Wikipedia entry:


  • Clarification:


  • See also:


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: left bias; Factual Reporting: mixed
  • AlterNet has received $25,000 from the Bauman Foundation, which has donated millions of dollars to left-of-center causes over the past decade. The Bauman Family Foundation also has ties to the Democracy Alliance.


  • American Conservative, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: donor / funding information not disclosed; concerns over conservatism bias; Advisory Board includes the reprehensible Tucker Carlson  [FOX News shill, conspiracy theorist, disinformationist]; ...

  • Wikipedia entry.
  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The American Conservative Right-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the Right and does not hesitate to criticize Republicans (Trump) when not adhering to conservative policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2002 and published by the American Ideas InstituteThe American Conservative is a bi-monthly journal of right-leaning opinion. According to their About page, they state "The American Conservative exists to promote a "Main Street" conservatism that opposes unchecked power in government and business; promotes the flourishing of families and communities through vibrant markets and free people; and embraces realism and restraint in foreign affairs based on America's vital national interests."

    The American Conservative was founded by Pat Buchanan,   Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos in 2002 in opposition to the Iraq War. The current editor is W. James Antle III.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The American Conservative is owned by the American Ideas Institute, a nonprofit organization that advances political conservationism. Sponsored content, advertising, and subscription fees generate revenue. The website does not disclose donor information.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The American Conservative has argued against American interventionism, against a debt-based fiscal policy, and against the intrusions on Americans' private lives by the institutions and mores that exist and the wisdom that underlies them. The American Conservative is a very well-written source with a libertarian perspective.

    The American Conservative presents news and opinions with moderately loaded language: "What Happens When Kim Stands Trump Up at the Altar?" This story is very well sourced to Reuters and the National Interest. Although they are always opposed to Democratic Socialism, they also frequently report negatively on President Trump, especially as it relates to foreign policy. When it comes to science, The American Conservative supports the consensus of science with articles such as this: "A Judgement By Fire."

    While they do not support the progressive agenda of a New Green Deal, they do acknowledge that action must be taken, albeit with a more free-market approach. Regardless of solutions, The American Conservative supports the consensus of science. However, during the 2020 United States presidential election, they have promoted election fraud information contrary to the findings of election experts. The article "Memorandum: How The 2020 Election Could Have Been Stolen" does not produce a single link to outside sources to verify the author's opinions.

    Editorially, they support limited government, limited military presence in other countries, and general nationalism. In other words, this is a libertarian / paleoconservative organization. In general, they publish mostly opinion-based content that is mostly factual but sometimes uses poor sourcing techniques.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    American Prospect, The

  • Wikipedia

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The American Prospect Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1990, The American Prospect is a quarterly American political magazine and website dedicated to American liberalism. Based in Washington, D.C., The American Prospect says it aims "to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate about today's realities and tomorrow's possibilities." The magazine was founded by Robert Kuttner,   Robert Reich, and Paul Starr, with Kuttner and Starr currently serving as editors.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The nonprofit The American Prospect Inc. owns The American Prospect. Donations, advertising, and subscription fees generate revenue. The website does not disclose donors.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The American Prospect reports original political news from a liberal perspective. Stories are well written, and headlines contain moderately loaded language that favors the left, such as this: ...

    Editorially, The American Prospect favors liberal positions; however, they present factual and evidence-based information.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    American Public Media

  • Homepage: APMReports.org

  • Wikipedia (2022-01-20): American Public Media

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com (2021-12-25): American Public Media:  overall, American Public Media is Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left but is always well-sourced and factually accurate.


  • Associated Press, The (AP)

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Associated Press borderline Left-Center Biased due to left-leaning editorializing, but Least Biased on the whole due to balanced story selection. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Associated Press (AP) is a nonprofit news cooperative with a profit of $1.6 million in 2016. It also sells content to other media organizations. According to an article titled "AP reports loss on one-time accounting charges,"  The Associated Press lost $74 million in 2017, and it states the reason as "mostly due to one-time accounting charges related to the federal tax overhaul passed late last year." AP's Chief Financial Officer is Ken Dale.

    Analysis / Bias

    AP utilizes moderate-loaded language in their headlines in their political coverage, such as "AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin." However, the articles are always well-sourced. When it comes to their economic coverage, they maintain neutral language and least biased coverage: "U.S.-China tariffs: What's behind them, who stands to be hurt?" The AP also publishes well-researched and sourced articles such as "Science Says: How family separation may affect kids' brains," utilizing pro-science sources such as the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    When it comes to reporting on the Trump administration, The Associated Press usually maintains a neutral voice. However, in some articles, the author demonstrates bias through loaded emotional language such as this: "PUSHED Ukrainian officials to investigate BASELESS corruption allegations against the Bidens." While this statement is factual, using "Pushed" and "Baseless" conveys Rudy Giuliani's negative emotions. In general, The Associated Press publishes low-biased, highly factual news and, in some cases, left-biased editorializing by their authors.

    Failed Fact Checks

    They are a certified IFCN fact-checker.


    Association of Alternative Newsmedia

  • Source: Wikipedia, 2021-10-15.
  • The Association of Alternative Newsmedia (ANN), formerly known as the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, is a trade association of alternative weekly newspapers in North America. It was founded in 1978 in Seattle, Washington, with 30 newspapers from America's largest cities. Today, it provides services to many generally liberal or progressive weekly newspapers across the United States and in Canada. The association is made up of 131 newspapers which are published in 42 states, Washington D.C., and four Canadian provinces. States not represented are Alaska, Delaware, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

    In July 2011, the organization's name was changed from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies to the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, by a vote of members attending the group's annual meeting.

    The Association of Alternative Newsmedia also operates AltWeeklies.com  [2021: now redirects to main landing page AAN.org] - a Web portal that highlights the best news stories, features, arts criticism and political commentary from its member newspapers.

    Members

  • See Wikipedia entry.  2021-10-15: AlterNet is not listed;  The Raw Story is listed.


  • Independent Media Institute

  • Landing page  |  Mission ("About")

  • Clarification:

  • Source: Wikipedia, 2021-10-15.


  • Atlantic, The

  • Wikipedia, 2021-09-27:

  • The Atlantic legal journalist Andrew Cohen is a Senior Editor at The Marshall Project, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice  [local copy].

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2021-09-27:  overall, we rate The Atlantic Left-Center Biased due to editorial positions and High for factual reporting based on excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.


  • Axios

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to tampering of associated Wikipedia entry, founders' associations with { BuzzFeed  |  The Huffington Post  |  ... }, financial controversies; paid advertisers from neoliberal disinformationists { ExxonMobil  |  Koch Industries  |  ... }; ...

  • See also: Politico.

  • Wikipedia, 2021-12-16:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Axios just Left of Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left. They are High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and zero failed fact checks.


  • BBC

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the BBC Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. Although they have failed a fact-check, they appropriately issued a correction.


  • Bloomberg News

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize. The main concern - like Jeff Bezos' ownership of the The Washington Post - is ownership of influential news /mass media by multibillionaires.

  • Wikipedia

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Bloomberg News Left-Center biased due to story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to not covering Michael Bloomberg and his Democratic presidential rivals during the primaries.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Bloomberg or Bloomberg News was founded in 1981 by businessman and the former three-term (2002-2013) mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg. It is a business-focused news organization headquartered in New York City. Bloomberg News is a division of Bloomberg L.P., including a global television network (Bloomberg Television), digital websites, radio stations (Bloomberg Radio), subscription-only newsletters, and three magazines: Bloomberg Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Bloomberg Markets.

    Bloomberg News delivers business and markets news, data, and analysis to its readers. Further, they also have a section under politics called "Trump Tracker," which tracks the latest news and reports on Donald Trump. Former editor of The Economist,   John Micklethwait is the editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News since 2015. Michael R. Bloomberg is the President & CEO.

    On November 24, 2019, majority owner Michael Bloomberg announced he is running for President of the United States as a Democratic Party Candidate. We will monitor Bloomberg News for changes in reporting and editorial bias based on this decision. Further, they announced they would not cover Michael Bloomberg or his Democratic rivals because the primary Bloomberg News will not investigate Mike Bloomberg or his Democratic rivals during the primary.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP (the parent company of Bloomberg News). According to Investopedia, Bloomberg Terminal (remote software used to access financial information) is the most expensive among financial data providers. Bloomberg News started to charge visitors for its content with a metered paywall in 2018, limiting users to view 10 articles per month and 30 minutes of Bloomberg TV Livestream daily. After 10 articles, readers have to become digital subscribers to have full access.

    Analysis / Bias

    Michael R. Bloomberg Philanthropies' five focus areas are public health, arts and culture, the environment, education, and government innovation. As a philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg has given over $3.3 billion in support of education, public health, government innovation, the arts, and the environment. Michael R. Bloomberg is the president of the C40 Climate Leadership Group. Further, Michael R. Bloomberg endorsed Hillary Clinton for the 2020 United States presidential election.

    In review, Bloomberg News publishes stories with moderately loaded emotional headlines such as this editorial: ...

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Boston Globe, The

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Boston Globe Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a reasonable fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH.  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1872, The Boston Globe is an American daily broadsheet newspaper based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Globe has been awarded 23 Pulitzer Prizes since 1966. The current editor is Brain McGrory. The Boston Globe is one of the largest newspapers in the USA.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Boston Globe is owned by Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC and is funded through a subscription and advertising model.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The Boston Globe covers local news via journalists in the greater Boston area. The national news is also derived from journalists and republished from other sources such as the The Associated Press. There is minimal use of loaded language in headlines such as this: "Trump says he will end birthright citizenship via executive order." Editorially, The Boston Globe favors the left in both story selection and consistent Democratic Party candidate endorsements.

    Failed Fact Checks

  • Climate projections using models based on it [the water vapor feedback] have consistently failed - UNSUPPORTED


  • Breitbart  |  Breitbart News

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: founded by Andrew Breitbart (Founder of Breitbart News: note association with Steve Bannon), ...

  • See also:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Breitbart Questionable based on extreme right-wing bias, the publication of conspiracy theories and propaganda as well as numerous false claims.


  • BuzzFeed (web)  |  BuzzFeed News (investigative reporting)

  • See also: HuffPost (formerly; The Huffington Post), currently owned by Verizon Media [2017+: Yahoo].

  • πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources. Concerns include the following items (chiefly: news aggregation rather than investigative journalism; preoccupation with wealth, growth and acquisition; focus on digital arts and trending / viral content; questionable business practices (staff terminations; anti-union stance; native advertising; ...); associations with known disinformationists; self-promotion; promotion of consumerism; ...

    Ownership { Jonah H. Peretti  |  John Seward Johnson III } and Associations

  • Founders Jonah H. Peretti and John Seward Johnson III are entrepreneurs involved in creating and promoting digital arts projects.

  • For example, Eyebeam is a not-for-profit art and technology center in New York City, founded in 1998 by filmmaker / philanthropist John Seward Johnson III, with co-founders David S. Johnson and Roderic R. Richardson. Originally conceived as a digital effects and coding atelier and center for youth education, Eyebeam has become a center for the research, development, and curation of new media works of art and open source technology.

  • In 2003, John Seward Johnson III hired Jonah H. Peretti as Director of Research and Development at Eyebeam, with the purpose of establishing the web as a place for art experiments.

  • In 2005 Jonah Peretti co-founded The Huffington Post - a news aggregator and blog - along with Kenneth Lerer,   Andrew Breitbart and Arianna Huffington in 2005. Jonah Peretti left The Huffington Post in 2011 after it was bought by AOL for $315 million.

  • In 2006, John Seward Johnson III co-founded the website BuzzFeed with entrepreneur Jonah H. Peretti. BuzzFeed is an online media company that detects and accelerates traction of trending news and entertainment. It was initially conceived of as a media analytics company to track viral content. BuzzFeed has grown into a global media and technology company, providing coverage on a variety of topics including politics, do-it-yourself, animals, and business.

  • BuzzFeed's business model relies primarily on native advertising in the form of quizzes and videos sponsored by companies, which also goes by the name sponsored content or advertorial - which is advertising content that looks like an editorial. Native advertising is a strategy that helps with increasing the likelihood of viewers read through the content of advertisements. BuzzFeed News also solicits membership fees.

  • The statement "BuzzFeed News is completely different from their parent site [BuzzFeed], which generally produces clickbait-type stores shared on Social Media." raises concern over the independence of the two entities (BuzzFeed: social media; BuzzFeed News: original investigative reporting. [In 2016, BuzzFeed split the news operation off from the BuzzFeed Entertainment Group.]

  • Despite BuzzFeed's entrance into serious journalism, a 2014 Pew Research Center survey found that in the United States, BuzzFeed was viewed as an unreliable source by the majority of respondents, regardless of age or political affiliation.

  • On 2019-01-23, BuzzFeed notified all employees via memo that there would be an upcoming 15% reduction in workforce affecting the international, web content, and news divisions of the company. The layoffs would affect approximately 200 employees. In 2020 BuzzFeed signed a deal with Universal Television to produce content based on its stories.

  • On 2020-11-19 BuzzFeed Inc. acquired the The Huffington Post from Verizon Media [2017+: Yahoo], making Verizon Media / Yahoo a minority stakeholder in BuzzFeed.

  • On 2021-03-09 the CEO of BuzzFeed, Jonah Peretti, said that the company had lost "around $20 million" during the previous year [2020]. The same day, it was announced that HuffPost Canada would be shut down, and immediately ceased publishing. BuzzFeed laid off 47 HuffPost staff in the U.S. (mostly journalists) and closed down HuffPost Canada, laying off 23 staff working for the Canadian and Quebec divisions of the company.

  • HuffPost has been criticized for providing a platform for alternative medicine and supporters of vaccine hesitancy.

  • In June 2021, BuzzFeed announced its plans to go public via a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and planned to acquire Complex Networks.

  • [LATimes.com, 2021-12-02] As BuzzFeed nears SPAC deal, news employees stage walkout.

  • Sources (all via Wikipedia) for the statements above:

  • BuzzFeed - Recent News

  • [Vox.com, 2021-12-06] BuzzFeed's a public company. Now what?  The fate of BuzzFeed is going to determine the fortunes of a lot of other companies.

  • Potential BuzzFeed - Vox Media Connections (Ken Lerer, son Ben Lerer, ...)

    Background

  • Group Nine Media, Inc. was founded 2016-10 by Ben Lerer  [cited / main article], the son of Kenneth "Ken" Lerer. Group Nine Media is an American digital media   holding company based in New York City. In 2020-12, Group Nine formed its own corporate special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) to use the public funding for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination.

  • [Vox.com, 2021-12-13] Why is Vox Media buying Group Nine?  The Vox Media-Group Nine deal - and all the other digital media deals - explained.


  • Comment:: the following MediaBiasFactCheck.com is superseded by the comments, above.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate BuzzFeed News Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to past stories that either were not verified or ultimately were retracted.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2006 and headquartered in New York, BuzzFeed is a media news company delivering social news and entertainment. They provide a mix of breaking news, entertainment, and shareable content. Jonah Peretti and John Johnson are the founders of BuzzFeed, and the editor-in-chief was Ben Smith. In 2016, BuzzFeed split the news operation off from the BuzzFeed Entertainment Group, focusing more on BuzzFeed's video unit.

    In 2018, BuzzFeed.com became a separate website, with Mark Schoofs serving as editor-in-chief. BuzzFeed News has been nominated for several Pulitzer Prizes and Webby Awards.

    [Comment: Mark Schoofs' entry on Wikipedia indicates a thorough, Pulitzer Prize-winning accomplishment.]

    Funded by / Ownership

    Numerous investors funded BuzzFeed. New Enterprise Associates, New York-based venture capital firm RRE Ventures and Hearst Ventures were the early investors of BuzzFeed. In 2015, NBC (owned by Comcast Corporation; see also Vox) invested $200 million in BuzzFeed, and in 2016 they invested another $200 million. BuzzFeed also raised 50 million dollars from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. BuzzFeed is privately owned and does not disclose financial results to the public. However, BuzzFeed missed its revenue target in 2017 by 15%-20%. According to a New York Times article by Edmund Lee, founder Jonah Peretti says his company could eventually merge with rival online publishers to negotiate better terms with Facebook.

    BuzzFeed's business model relies primarily on native advertising in the form of quizzes and videos sponsored by companies, which also goes by the name sponsored content or advertorial - which is advertising content that looks like an editorial. BuzzFeed News also solicits membership fees.

    BuzzFeed News is currently owned by Verizon Media [now Yahoo], who recently acquired HuffPost.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, BuzzFeed News primarily publishes original reported news and investigations. News is broken down into sections such as Arts & Entertainment, Inequality, LGBTQ, Opinion, and Politics. BuzzFeed News is completely different from their parent site, which generally produces clickbait-type stores shared on Social Media. On the other hand, BuzzFeed News produces quality news reporting that is often investigative such as ...

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)  |  CBC News  |  CBC.ca [Canada]

    Wikipedia: the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, branded as CBC/Radio-Canada, is a Canadian federal Crown corporation funded by the Government of Canada that serves as the national public broadcaster for both radio and television. ...  |  Controversies

  • CBC News is the division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation responsible for the news gathering and production of news programs on the corporation's English-language operations, namely CBC Television, CBC Radio, CBC News Network, and CBC.ca. Founded in 1941, CBC News is the largest news broadcaster in Canada and has local, regional, and national broadcasts and stations. ... The CBC follows the which provides the policy framework within which CBC journalism seeks to meet the expectations and obligations it faces from the public. ...  |  Allegations of bias

  • Ombudsman

    The CBC sets out to maintain its accuracy, integrity and fairness in its journalism. As a Canadian institution and a press undertaking, CBC set out the Journalistic Standards and Practices and works in compliance with these principles. Balanced viewpoints must be presented through on-the-air discussions. As it is with other public and private journalistic undertakings, credibility in the eyes of the general population is seen as the corporation's most valuable asset. The CBC Ombudsman is completely independent of CBC program staff and management, reporting directly to the President of the CBC and, through the President, to the corporation's board of directors.


  • [2020-09-18] Editor's Blog:  What trusted journalism looks like in the age of disinformation, polarization. A look at how CBC News uses confidential sources and how it deals with allegations of political bias.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate CBC Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that lean slightly left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1936 by an Act of Parliament, Canada's public broadcaster, CBC is a division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which replaced the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission. CBC presents news, talk, music, and entertainment programs in English, French, and Aboriginal languages. The CBC is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    In 2009, CBC's Television News, Radio News, and Digital News departments merged with CBC News. Michael Goldbloom is the Chairman, and Catherine Tait is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The CBC Board of Directors previously consisted of 12 members, all appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada. For example, former conservative prime minister Stephen Harper was accused of appointing the board with members that were also conservative donors. In 2016, Brian Mitchell (who was appointed to the CBC board by then prime minister Stephen Harper in 2008) resigned to seek the Conservative Party of Canada's presidency. However, recently this structure has changed, and now the non-partisan Independent Advisory Committee makes "merit-based" appointments. According to a The Globe and Mail article, "A government source said the board would comprise nine 'experts in broadcasting and digital technology, representatives of cultural sectors from across Canada,' as well as 'Indigenous peoples, official-language communities and youth,' who will be charged with compiling a list of candidates whose names will be submitted to the government."

    Management

    As a crown corporation, the CBC operates at arm's length (autonomously) from the government in its day-to-day business. The corporation is governed by the Broadcasting Act of 1991, under a board of directors and is directly responsible to the Parliament of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. General management of the organization is in the hands of a president, who is appointed by the Governor General of Canada   in Council, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

    According to The Hill Times, a clause in Bill C-60 - an omnibus budget implementation bill introduced by the government of Stephen Joseph Harper in 2013 - "appears to contradict a longstanding arm's-length relationship between the independent CBC and any government in power." The clause allows the "prime minister's cabinet to approve salaries, working conditions and collective bargaining positions for the CBC."

    The CBC's main revenue comes from government funding (66%); other sources of revenue include advertising revenue (18%), subscriber fees (8%), and other sources. You can also view CBC business model details here.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, when it comes to world news, CBC re-publishes stories from credible sources such as The Associated Press and Reuters: "U.S. stock markets flirt with end of historic rise," and "Indonesian rescuers struggle against heavy rain to reach tsunami-hit villages."

    CBC reports Canadian national news with neutral headlines such as: "The 5 most dramatic moments of the year in Ontario politics". When it comes to sourcing, the CBC typically sources other CBC articles. This is acceptable as CBC produces and reports its own national news.

    CBC's straight news reporting is consistently low biased, factual, and covers both sides of issues. Editorially, the opinion pages tend to be balanced with some stories slightly left-leaning such as this: "Doug Ford's 'efficiencies' seem to be costing taxpayers an awful lot of money: Robyn Urback and right-leaning: Why low-income earners should actually welcome Ontario's reversal on rent control." Opinion pieces have also been critical of liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On the whole, slightly more opinion pieces favor the left. Further, the right-leaning National Post has accused the CBC of liberal bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Comment: Although I regard the CBC as being generally trustworthy, I nonetheless have some significant concerns and criticisms with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - a Canadian federal Crown corporation that serves ostensively as the national public broadcaster for both radio and television.

  • While the CBC provides competent news coverage, there is a heavy reliance on externally sourced information, often presenting rather superficial articles that lack links (URLs) to key source material.

  • On occasion, the CBC has presented divisive and damaging "guest commentary / opinion" essays. For example, the CBC has published transphobic opinion pieces by Meghan Murphy. Despite numerous well-publicized controversies and clashes between Megan Murphy and transgender rights and gender identity rights activists, the CBC.ca   continues [2021-10-12] to include a bio landing page for Murphy, and link to Murphy's trans-exclusionary radical feminist feminist website.


  • Rex Murphy

    The CBC is a longtime supporter | employer | enabler of Rex Murphy, a notable climate change denialist.

  • [CBC Media Centre] Rex Murphy → Appears on The National; Role: Correspondent  |  local copy [html; captured 2021-04-22]

  • [NationalPost.com, 2021-02-18] Rex Murphy: As Texas winter storm shows, hurling public money at renewable energy is pure folly


  • [Straight.com, 2022-01-03] Ex-CBC journalist Tara Henley declares on Substack that she quit her job due to the public broadcaster's shifting politics.


  • Canadian Dimension

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Canadian Dimension Left Biased based on pro-socialist, anti-capitalism advocacy. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to a lack of hyperlinked sourcing and publishing slightly misleading information regarding GMOs.

  • Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL.

    History

    Founded in 1963, Canadian Dimension is described as a magazine "for people who want to change the world," Canadian Dimension is a forum for left-wing political thought that ranges from New Democratic Party-style social democracy to libertarian socialism. According to their about page "Canadian Dimension is the longest-standing voice of the left in Canada. For more than half a century, Canadian Dimension has provided a forum for lively and radical debate where red meets green, socialists take on social democrats, Indigenous voices are heard, activists report from every corner of the country, and the latest books and films are critically reviewed."

    Funded by / Ownership

    Canadian Dimension is owned by Dimension Publishing LLC. Revenue is generated through advertising, donations, and subscription fees.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Canadian Dimension publishes news from an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist perspective such as this: "Red Flags: Reflections on racism and radicalism." A quote from the article reads "Capitalism lives and breathes racism. It can't survive without it. It picks it up, cultivates it, and injects it into everything." Canadian Dimension focuses on topics that are associated with the political left such as climate change, Feminism, Labour, and LGBTQ rights. However, many stories do not contain hyperlinked sourcing. When it comes to science, Canadian Dimension typically aligns with the consensus, though when it comes to GMOs they offer more negative reporting. Editorially, Canadian Dimension is far left in support of socialism as they often criticize liberal politicians such as Justin Trudeau for their pro-corporate policies.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Canadian Press

  • Wikipedia

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Canadian Press Least Biased based on being a news agency that directly reports news. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.


  • Capital Research Center  |  InfluenceWatch.org

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  See also (this file):

  • InfluenceWatch.org  (website produced by Capital Research Centre)
  • SourceWatch.org  (website diametrically opposed to / competing with InfluenceWatch.org).

  • While providing detailed reports with apparently factual financial data (spot fact-checked, e.g., against IRS Form 990 filings), content from Capital Research Center is strongly biased against left-wing ideology (politics and policies).

    The Capital Research Center (CRC) was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson, former senior vice president of The Heritage Foundation. Donors to the Capital Research Center have included foundations run by the Koch family, the Scaife Foundations, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. As of 2017, CRC had received more than $265,000 from ExxonMobil.

    In 2017, the CRC launched the website "Influence Watch" [InfluenceWatch.org], which focuses on identifying funding sources of progressive organizations and initiatives. In Wikipedia, a search for "InfluenceWatch" redirects to the Capital Research Center.

  • Wikipedia: Capital Research Center


  • CNN

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to biases and multiple failed fact checks.

  • Wikipedia  |  Trump presidency, AT&T ownership

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com;  overall, we rate CNN left biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor the left, while straight news reporting falls left-center through bias by omission. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to several failed fact checks by TV hosts. However, news reporting on the website tends to be properly sourced with minimal failed fact checks.

  • CNN Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Cable News Network is owned by WarnerMedia, which is a multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate corporation owned by AT&T. CNN's television stations and website are funded through cable subscriptions and an advertising model.


    CommonDreams.org

  • Wikipedia:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: overall, we rate Common Dreams Left Biased based on story selection and op-eds that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Chronicle Herald, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly sources.

  • See also: SaltWire Network

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Chronicle Herald as Right-Center biased in reporting and Mixed factually due to publishing an unverified claim and poor sourcing.

  • Factual Reporting: MIXED.

    History

    Founded in 1874 as The Morning Herald, The Chronicle Herald is a newspaper published in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The paper is owned by a Canadian newspaper publishing company, SaltWire Network, and is funded through subscriptions and advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    The Chronicle Herald delivers breaking news, opinion, sports, lifestyles, and more. In review, The Chronicle Herald has a right-center bias in reporting as many stories slightly favor the right. When reporting world news they typically use The Associated Press and with national news, they use the Canadian Press, which is similar to The Associated Press. Opinion and editorial pieces also slightly favor the right and typically are light on sourcing. The Chronicle Herald also had to apologize and retract a story about immigrants that was unverified and subsequently picked up by numerous far-right websites and reported as factual news.

    Overall, we rate The Chronicle Herald as Right-Center biased in reporting and Mixed factually due to publishing an unverified claim and poor sourcing. (M. Huitsing 9/15/2017) Updated (9/14/2018)


    Conversation, The

  • Wikipedia

  • Operating model

    Format

    The Conversation articles are written by academics, based on their area of research. The Conversation's editors commission and edit these articles, with stated aims of no jargon and accessibility to a wide audience. Topics include politics, culture, health, science, and the environment. All stories are published under a Creative Commons Attribution/No derivatives licence. The site operates as a not-for-profit, supported by collaborative frameworks for academic institutions.

    FactCheck

    In 2016, the FactCheck unit of The Conversation became the first fact-checking team in Australia and one of only two worldwide units accredited by the International Fact-Checking Network, which is an alliance of fact-checkers hosted at the Poynter Institute in the United States. The assessment criteria require non-partisanship, fairness, transparency of funding, sources, and methods, and a commitment to open and honest corrections.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Conversation Least Biased based on covering both the right-center and left-center politically, as well as covering evidence-based topics. We also rate them Very High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. In fact, The Conversation is an IFCN fact-checker.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.


    Carbon Brief

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Carbon Brief left-Center Biased and Pro-Science based on adherence to science consensus with climate change. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2010, Carbon Brief describes itself as a "U.K.-based website" that publishes articles on the latest developments about climate science and climate policy. According to their "About Page," Carbon Brief, specializes in "clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response."

    Carbon Brief's Editor and Director is journalist Leo Hickman. All staff can be found on their about page.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Carbon Brief states that European Climate Foundation provides their funding. They report on their about page funding totaled Β£597,888 for the financial year of 2019.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Carbon Brief publishes articles related to climate change, including fact-checking articles in which headlines are generally low-biased "Factcheck: Did climate change contribute to India's catastrophic 'glacial flood'?" Information is usually properly sourced to credible media outlets such as the BBC,   Reuters,   The Associated Press,   CNN,   The New York Times, IPCC, and always factual.

    Carbon Brief leans left politically in their concern for climate change, as evidenced by this article "U.S. election: Climate experts react to Joe Biden's victory." A quote from the article concerning the general reaction of scientists is positive as the former president had a climate skeptic view and acted accordingly, the quote reads "I find myself filled with relief and hope after what has been a nightmarish four years of the Trump administration reversing or halting numerous federal climate policies, sidelining and silencing scientists and trying to tamper with scientific reports." In general, they are pro-science in their publications and approach and hold a left-leaning political bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date. Carbon Brief is a resource for IFCN fact-checker Climate Feedback.


    C-SPAN

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com;  overall, we rate C-SPAN Least Biased and Very-High for factual reporting based on unfiltered coverage of congress.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Launched in 1979, C-SPAN offers live, unfiltered access to the congress and straightforward government news. C-SPAN also offers a morning call-in talk show called Washington Journal that discusses government and political issues. The C-SPAN network includes three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, and C-SPAN3), one radio station (WCSP-FM), and a group of websites that provide streaming media and archives of C-SPAN programs.

    According to the website, the mission is to "provide C-SPAN's audience access to the live gavel-to-gavel proceedings of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and to other forums where public policy is discussed, debated and decided--all without editing, commentary or analysis and with a balanced presentation of points of view."

    Funded by / Ownership

    C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit organization owned by the National Cable Satellite Corporation, "funded by a 6Β’ per subscriber affiliate fee paid by its cable and satellite affiliates, and does not have advertisements on any of its networks, radio stations, or websites, nor does it ever solicit donations or pledges. The network operates independently, and neither the cable industry nor Congress has control of the content of its programming."

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, C-SPAN programming is quite literally a camera pointed at congressional events. Headlines on the website using straightforward, non-biased language such as this: "Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Testifies on President's 2020 Budget Request." The website also provides video clips and transcripts from the morning call-in show, Washington Journal, which we have rated as Least Biased. In general, C-SPAN is unfiltered and minimally biased.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    CTV News [Canada]

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate CTV News Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal use of emotional language. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • Trust Project and CTV News  |  The Trust Project

  • Wikipedia

  • MediaBiasFactCheck:  "Overall, we rate CTV News Least Biased based on balanced story selection and minimal use of emotional language. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record." (7/28/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 6/24/2019)

  • History

    Established in 1961 and based in Canada, CTV News is the news division of CTV Television Network. The CTV News website features Canada and world news, politics, sports, entertainment, and more. CTV News's parent company BCE Inc. (formerly: Bell Canada Enterprises), was founded by Charles Fleetford Sise in 1880. Charles Fleetford Sise was the second president of Bell Canada (formerly: The Bell Telephone Company of Canada).

    Funded by / Ownership

    CTV Inc. owns CTV News, a subdivision of Bell Media Inc., a subsidiary of BCE Inc. (formerly: Bell Canada Enterprises), a holding company for Bell Canada.   Bell Media is headquartered in East Toronto, Ontario. Gordon M. Nixon is Chair of the Board of both BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. George Cope is the President & Chief Executive Officer of BCE Inc. and bell canada

    CTV News revenue is based on advertising and can find financial reports here.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, CTV News republishes articles from The Associated Press,   Agence France-Presse, and their national news agency, the Canadian Press.

    Further, CTV News publishes its own articles written by journalists such as "Truth Tracker: No, Justin Trudeau isn't converting from Christianity to Islam." Justin Trudeau is the current Prime Minister of Canada. He is also the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada (Center-Left). When publishing articles regarding conservative Doug Ford, there is slightly loaded language such as this: "Doug Ford's chief of staff resigns one day after appointment controversy." This story is sourced from the right-leaning   The Globe and Mail.

    Editorially, CTV News does not endorse political candidates. Further, they do not publish opinion content; however, the website does publish the political blog of Don Martin, who tends to lean right with his posts.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Daily Beast, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to controversies and multiple failed fact checks.

  • Type: news aggregation website.

  • Wikipedia  |  Controversies.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Daily Beast Left-Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for reporting due to failed fact checks.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    According to its about page, The Daily Beast is a news and opinion website focusing on politics, power, and pop culture headquartered in New York City. The Daily Beast was founded in 2008 by magazine editor, columnist, and talk-show host Tina Brown. In 2010, The Daily Beast and Newsweek merged in a joint venture named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which lasted for 2 years. In 2013, Editor-in-Chief and founder Tina Brown announced her departure. John Avlon then became Editor-in-Chief. He was the former associate editor for The New York Sun and speechwriter for former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani. In May of 2018, Avlon announced his departure from The Daily BeastNoah Shachtman, co-founder and editor of Wired magazine's national security blog Danger Room serves as the new Editor-in-Chief. Heather Dietrick serves as the CEO. You can view the masthead here.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Daily Beast's parent company is IAC (InterActiveCorp). which is run by Barry Diller, who had led the creation of the Fox network. IAC's CEO is Joey Levin. IAC (InterActiveCorp) is a media and internet company comprised of some of the world's well-known brands such as HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, About.com, Dictionary.com, Investopedia, and more. The Daily Beast is primarily funded through online advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    According to a Washington Post article, Editor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman describes how he will improve the The Daily Beast. He states, "I want us to lean harder into who we are," explaining further, "That means that if The Daily Beast is in the business of scoops - more scoops. "If we're painting in bright colors now, I want to paint even brighter."

    In review, The Daily Beast tends to publish left-leaning stories utilizing sensationalized headlines with emotionally loaded words such as ...

    Failed Fact Checks

    Fact Check: Was A 'Huge Percentage' of Deported Salvadorans Killed or Harmed Upon Return To El Salvador? - False

    "Stephen Paddock used guns that are more powerful and accurate than what Marine infantry carry - and they're totally legal to buy," - False

    Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner expressed genuine concern over "tracking devices" when he asked a health official about their potential presence in COVID-19 vaccines during a county board meeting. - False


    Daily Caller

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to founding and association with disinformationist Tucker Carlson.

  • DailyCaller.com: About Us: Founded in 2010 by Tucker Carlson, ...

  • Wikipedia entry.


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Daily Caller strongly right biased based on story selection that almost always favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks. The Daily Caller is a source that needs to be fact-checked on a per-article basis.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2010, the Daily Caller is an American news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C. It was founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a paleoconservative political pundit, and Neil Patel  [disambiguation: not Nilay Patel, a former adviser to former Vice President Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney. The current editor-in-chief is Geoff Ingersol.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Daily Caller is owned by the Daily Caller, Inc., which does not list its owners or members. The website was initially launched after raising $3 million in funding from businessman Foster Friess. Currently, the Daily Caller is funded through native online advertising, averaging 30 million+ page views per month.  [Aside: BuzzFeed's business model also relies primarily on native advertising.]

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the Daily Caller is a strongly conservative news and opinion website involved in publishing controversial stories and false stories. For example, they routinely publish misleading or false information regarding climate change [i.e.; climate change] that goes against the consensus of science  [anthropogenic climate change]. The Daily Caller has also published articles by Jason Kessler, a white supremacist who organized a rally of hundreds of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia  [Unite the Right rally, 2017-08-{11-12}]. The Daily Caller subsequently scrubbed those articles after the Charlottesville vehicular homicide incident.

    The Daily Caller frequently uses loaded emotional language that favors the right: "DEM NOMINEE FOR FLORIDA GOVERNOR IS PROGRESSIVE MAYOR WITH CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION SWIRLING AROUND HIM." The Daily Caller usually sources their information to credible media outlets. Still, sometimes they utilize factually mixed sources, such as The Daily Wire, and questionable sources, such as Judicial Watch. In reviewing story content, virtually all content favored the right in story selection and wording, while denigrating the left. The Daily Caller also promotes a favorable view of former President Donald Trump by promoting his policies.

    Failed Fact Checks

  • "Former President Bill Clinton and his Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) distributed 'watered-down' HIV/AIDS drugs to patients in sub-Saharan Africa." - FALSE
  • "Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama's political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election" - FALSE
  • "George Soros-controlled Smartmatic manufactures the voting machines used in 16 crucial states, and those states will be rigged in favor of Hillary Clinton." - FALSE
  • "Indiana Muslims are appalled by a billboard displaying a list of deeds by the Prophet Muhammad even though it is accurate." - MOSTLY FALSE
  • "Washington state has updated their curriculum standards to include teaching "transgenderism" to Kindergarteners." - MOSTLY FALSE
  • "Says Nancy Pelosi was 'caught trying to include abortion funding in bill to combat coronavirus'." - FALSE

  • Daily Dot, The

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Daily Dot Left Biased based on editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 2011 by Nicholas White, who is also the current editor, The Daily Dot is a digital media company covering internet culture, politics, and life on the web. According to their about page "In 2011, he launched The Daily Dot as a paper of record for the Web, utilizing little more than Google docs, a newsletter, and a small editorial team."

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Daily Dot is owned by Daily Dot, LLC, which is based in Austin, Texas. Revenue is primarily derived from advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The Daily Dot mostly covers technology news but also covers culture and politics. For the purpose of this review we will focus on politics. The Daily Dot, at worst uses moderately loaded language in headlines with most being minimal such as this: "MAGA bomber sentenced to 20 years in prison." This story is properly sourced. When reporting on President Trump The Daily Dot does not have a favorable view, with articles such as this: "WTF was Donald Trump doing with his hand at last night's rally?" and this: "The latest terrifying deepfake combines Donald Trump and Mr. Bean." This story is also appropriately sourced to credible left-leaning sources such as Vox and The Washington Post.

    When it comes to science, they support the consensus across the board such as this on GMOs: "Nobel laureates urge Greenpeace to drop its crusade against GMOs." In general, The Daily Dot holds a strong left-leaning editorial position, while reporting news factually and with evidence.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Daily Kos

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • Daily Kos is a group blog and internet forum focused on the Democratic Party and liberal American politics. The site includes glossaries and other content. It is sometimes considered an example of "netroots" activism. Daily Kos was founded in 2002 by Markos Moulitsas and takes the name Kos from the last syllable of his first name, his nickname while in the military.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com

  • Overall, we rate the Daily Kos strongly Left Biased based on story selection that almost exclusively favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to non-vetted content and a few failed fact check and misleading claims.

    Factual Reporting: MIXED.


    Daily Mail

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to tabloid journalism, and other concerns (below).

  • Wikipedia entry.


  • MediaBiasFactCheck: "QUESTIONABLE SOURCE. Overall, we rate the Daily Mail Right Biased and Questionable due to numerous failed fact checks and poor information sourcing."


  • [BBC News, 2021-04-21] Daily Mail owner sues Google over search results.  The owner of the Daily Mail newspaper and MailOnline website is suing Google over allegations the search engine manipulates search results.  |  Hacker News [2021-04-21]


  • Daily Telegraph, The ["The Telegraph"]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to tabloid journalism, and other concerns (below).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Telegraph Right Biased based on story selection that strongly favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing of information and some failed fact checks.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    ... in 1969, it became The Daily Telegraph, sometimes referred to as The TelegraphThe Telegraph covers news, politics, sports, technology, business, money, opinion, lifestyle, and travel. Chris Evans is the editor, Nick Hugh is the CEO of The Telegraph, and David King is the Executive Director at Telegraph Media Group (TMG).

    Funded by / Ownership

    Telegraph Media Group (TMG) owns The Telegraph, which is owned by Press Acquisitions Ltd., which in turn is owned by Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. In 2004, Twin Brothers Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay acquired The Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph from the Canadian media company Hollinger Inc.  [Conrad Black] for Β£665 million. For a complete list of Board members, see here. The Telegraph Media Group's 2017 Financial results can be found here. The Telegraph is subscription-based, and only subscribers have unlimited access to Premium articles. They also rely on advertising to generate revenue.

    Analysis / Bias

    According to the Financial Times, in 2015, The Telegraph urged its readers to vote Conservative via email from its editor Chris Evans. As a result, the paper was fined Β£30,000 by the data regulator, the independent office that regulates the organization's data use. Further, The Telegraph is strongly biased in favor of the Conservative party, earning the nickname "Daily Torygraph."

    During the 2017 elections, The Telegraph backed Theresa May ( Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2016): "Vote Conservative for an independent, prosperous Britain." Here is a quote from the article demonstrating conservative bias "Only Theresa May has the attitude and the experience necessary to get the job done - and to get it done in the cleanest, most comprehensive way. Jeremy Corbyn is not only incompetent and wrongheaded but dangerous." They also publish articles strongly biased against the Labor party such as this: "A Corbyn government would be a calamity - everything else is just noise."

    The Telegraph also republishes stories from credible news media such as Reuters and The Associated Press.

    The Telegraph regularly utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines and source poorly, either through quotations or self-referral sourcing to themselves. They also routinely publish clickbait tabloid-style news such as "Is this workout the secret to Jennifer Aniston's youthful physique at 50?" and crime stories in their News section: "Libby Squire suspect charged with stealing sex toys and knickers from other women months before the disappearance of student."

    Recently, The Telegraph issued an apology letter to Melania Trump for publishing false statements regarding her family and her modeling career and also agreed to pay substantial damages' over the article they published about the First Lady.

    Failed Fact Checks

    The U.K's independent fact-checker, Full Fact, has found several false claims by The Telegraph. Climate Feedback has also found misleading information regarding human-influenced climate change [i.e.; climate change].


    Daily Wire, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • Wikipedia entry


  • The Daily Wire MediaBiasFactcheck entry: QUESTIONABLE SOURCE


  • The Daily Wire's About page [captured 2021-04-23].


  • DCReport.org

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate DCReport at the end of left-center bias and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.


  • DeBrief, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize. Concerns include the continual shilling of the U.S. Navy / TTSA / Luis Elizondo / Chris Mellon / ... Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) "threat" trope. The Debrief cofounder MJ Banias  [local copy] is an author and freelance journalist who specializes in paranormal culture and other pseudoscientific interests.

  • Homepage: theDebrief.com:  About, 2022-03-14:


  • Democracy Now!  |  DemocracyNow.org

  • Wikipedia, Democracy_Now!:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Democracy Now! Left biased based on story selection that consistently favors the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.


  • DeSmog [DeSmog.com  |  formerly: DeSmogBlog]

  • Website: DeSmog.com

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate DeSmogBlog Left Biased based on advocacy for fighting climate change. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Disclose TV  |  Disclose.tv

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: conspiracy-driven disinformation website.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Disclose TV a Tin Foil Hat conspiracy website that is low in factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks and a lack of transparency.

  • [Logically.ai, 2022-01-12] Disclose.tv: Conspiracy Forum Turned Disinformation Factory.


  • Economist, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • Wikipedia

  • COMMENT (Persagen). The neoliberal, conservative stance of The Economist - cloaked in anonymity, as discussed in the Wikipedia article, above - raises significant concern regarding unstated intentions and aims of The Economist and its contributors.


  • MediaBiasFactCheck: "Overall, we rate The Economist Least Biased based on balanced reporting and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record."


  • [Economist.com, 2020-10-17] The pandemic has eroded democracy and respect for human rights. Strongmen have taken advantage of COVID-19 in numerous ways.


  • Engadget

  • Website: Engadget.com

  • Wikipedia, 2022-01-14:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2021-02-16:  overall, we rate Engadget Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.
  • History

    Founded in 2004, Engadget is a multilingual technology blog network with daily coverage of gadgets and consumer electronics. The current editor-in-chief is Dana Wollman.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Formerly owned by Verizon MediaEngadget has been operated by Yahoo since 2021-09 and generates revenue through advertising..

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Engadget publishes news, reviews, and information related to technology, science, gaming, entertainment, and business. Articles and headlines are not typically sensationalized such as this: "Microsoft's unified Office experience comes to iPad" - and this, "Extreme cold snap causes T-Mobile outages in Texas and other parts of the U.S.." All stories reviewed were sourced from credible media outlets.

    Editorially, Engadget does not have a section dedicated to opinions, but they do report on politics as it relates to their genre such as this" "Huawei suppliers push to reverse Trump's last minute blows." This story is negative toward the Trump administration while this story is favorable for the Biden admin, "How Biden and Harris could refocus the White House on science." In general, Engadget is a reliable and low-biased source for tech information, but they lean left when reporting on political issues.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    Epoch Media Group

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • See main entries: The Epoch Times  |  New Tang Dynasty Television:


  • Epoch Times, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

    Falun Gong operates a questionable "news" organization - The Epoch Times - and allied organizations such as the China Tribunal and its affiliates are similarly biased viz-a-viz China and it's dissidents.

  • Source for the following summary: Wikipedia.

  • The Epoch Times is a far-right international multi-language newspaper and media company affiliated with the Falun Gong new religious movement. The newspaper, based in New York City, is part of the Epoch Media Group, which also operates New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television. The Epoch Times has websites in 35 countries but is blocked in mainland China.

    The Epoch Times opposes the Chinese Communist Party, promotes far-right politicians in Europe, and has backed President Donald Trump in the U.S.; a 2019 report by NBC News showed it to be the second-largest funder of pro-Trump Facebook advertising after the Trump campaign. The Epoch Media Group's news sites and YouTube channels have spread conspiracy theories such as QAnon and anti-vaccine misinformation. In 2020, The New York Times called The Epoch Times a "global-scale misinformation machine". The Epoch Times frequently promotes other Falun Gong affiliated groups, such as the performing arts company Shen Yun.

    ... According to NBC News, "little is publicly known about the precise ownership, origins or influences of The Epoch Times," and it is loosely organized into several regional tax free non-profits, under the umbrella of the Epoch Media Group, together with New Tang Dynasty Television. ...

    ... The Epoch Times is an ardent opponent of the Chinese Communist Party. Since a shift in the newspaper's approach in 2016, the newspaper received significant attention for its favorable coverage of the Trump administration, the German far-right, and the French far-right ... Since 2016, according to NBC NewsThe Epoch Times has promoted favorable coverage of Trump's campaign and presidency, and emphasized issues such as "Islamic terrorism and illegal immigration to the United States." It has also emphasized "what the publication claims is a labyrinthian, global conspiracy led by Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama to tear down Trump." ...

    ... The Epoch Times has spread misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic in print and via social media including Facebook and YouTube. ... The misinformation tracker NewsGuard called the French page of The Epoch Times one of the "super-spreaders" of COVID-19 misinformation on Facebook, citing an Epoch Times article that suggested the virus was artificially created. NewsGuard later changed the rating of the English edition of The Epoch Times from green to red. ...

    ... The Epoch Times publishes a web series with the conservative commentator Lawrence Allen "Larry" Elder, a candidate in the 2021 recall election against California governor Gavin Newsom. ...

    ... In December 2019, the English Wikipedia deprecated the English and Chinese online versions of The Epoch Times as an "unreliable source" to use as a reference in Wikipedia, with editors describing it as "an advocacy group for the Falun Gong, and... a biased or opinionated source that frequently publishes conspiracy theories."


  • [theGuardian.com, 2021-09-16] Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation - but critics say effort falls short.  New efforts will let vast amounts of false material slip through the cracks, according to climate advocates.  |  Almost all of the climate misinformation about the 2021 power outages in Texas went unchecked, one study found.  |  "We cannot solve social media disinformation by playing an endless game of Whac-a-Mole with known liars."


  • Facebook News

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: notorious disinformation source.

  • Type: news aggregation website.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Facebook News strongly Left-Center Biased based on 76% of the news sources falling in the Left or Left-Center category. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to the use of some sources that have failed fact checks. This does not mean the story is not true. It simply means that the source does have at least one verified failed fact check in the past.


  • Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) Left-Center biased based on slightly favoring the left politically and High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing of information.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 1986, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) is a media criticism organization based in New York City. The organization was founded by Jeff Cohen and Martin A. Lee. FAIR monitors the U.S. news media for "inaccuracy, bias, and censorship" and advocates for a greater diversity of perspectives in news reporting. It is opposed to corporate ownership of media entities and calls for the break-up of media conglomerates. In other words, it holds a progressive stance.

    Funded by / Ownership

    FAIR is a nonprofit that is funded through donations and a store that sells products.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, articles generally use moderate to low biased words in both headlines and articles such as: 'The Rule Is Designed to Deter People From Reporting'. This story is very well sourced to credible media that we rate High for factual reporting. Although FAIR stories tend to favor the left politically they are all sourced properly and written in a mostly neutral tone.

    A factual search reveals that FAIR has not failed a fact check.


    Federalist, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2021-08-28: overall, we rate The Federalist Questionable and far-Right biased based on story selection and editorial positions that always favor the right and promotion of propaganda, conspiracy theories, and numerous failed fact checks.

  • Wikipedia, The Federalist (website), 2022-02-24.


  • Financial Post, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to Postmedia Network's history of anti-transgender bias   [transphobia], American part-ownership, declining financials, ties to United States Republican Party and support of Donald Trump [Trumpism], ...


    Financial Times

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Financial Times Least Biased based on balanced reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1888, the Financial Times is an English-language international broadsheet daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news. The paper originates from London, U.K. The current editor is Lionel Barber.

    According to the Global Capital Markets Survey, which measures readership habits amongst most senior financial decision-makers in the world's largest financial institutions, the Financial Times is considered the most important business read, reaching 36% of the sample population, 11% more than The Wall Street Journal, its main rival.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Financial Times is owned by The Nikkei, a Japanese news and financial information company that publishes the leading financial paper The Nikkei. The Financial Times generates revenue through subscriptions, a hard paywall, and advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the Financial Times primarily reports economic news with a minimally biased tone such as this: "Trump calls on China to drop levies on U.S. farm products." This story, like all others on the website, is properly sourced. Editorially, the Financial Times sticks to economics and how politics impacts it. There is, again, minimal bias in reporting. In general, Financial Times reports straight news with minimal bias and proper sourcing.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    FiveThirtyEight

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate FiveThirtyEight (538) Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left but does not favor the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information, a solid record with poll analysis, and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Five Thirty-Eight, sometimes referred to as 538, focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics, economics, and sports blogging. The website, which takes its name from the number of electors in the United States electoral college, was founded on March 7, 2008, as a polling aggregation website with a blog created by analyst Nate Silver.

    In 2013, ESPN became the owner of FiveThirtyEight, and in April 2018, the site was acquired by ABC News.

    Funded by / Ownership

    FiveThirtyEight is owned by ABC News, which in turn is owned by The Walt Disney Company

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, FiveThirtyEight is different from other polling sources in that they do not conduct the polls but rather deeply analyze other polls and apply a strict methodology to determine accuracy. For example, Real Clear Politics takes all polls averages to develop a score, whereas 538 uses weights on each poll based on demographics and much more. One can argue this is more accurate and 538's early track record proved it was. However, in 2016 they gave President Trump a 29% chance of winning. This does not mean they were wrong because they still had a 29% chance of being correct, but they clearly were not very close on this one with their methods.

    538 also reports news on their website that tends to lean left; however, they have been criticized as opposed to the progressive left. News articles typically utilize moderate to minimally loaded language, such as "How Amy Klobuchar Could Win The 2020 Democratic nomination." This article relies on proper sourcing from the likes of ABC News, Monmouth University, and Senate.gov. A review of news stories reveals a more positive tone toward the left, such as this: "Trump Is Wrong. When The Opposition Party Runs The House, The President Gets Investigated."

    In general, 538 tends to stick to poll-related news, but they usually slightly favor the left through story selection and wording when discussing politics.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Forbes

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: ownership with ties to China; concerns re: neoliberal ideology; notably, a history of climate change denial.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com;  overall, we rate Forbes Right-Center biased based on story selection that favors the right and the political affiliation of its ownership. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to some misleading or false stories related to climate science.


  • Fortune Magazine

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize; given the statement (below) "[Fortune Magazine] always have a favorable view of business interests and limited government," there is some concern regarding neoliberal and libertarian ideologies.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Fortune Magazine Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor business and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1929 by Henry Luce, Fortune Magazine is an American multinational business magazine headquartered in New York City, United States. The magazine regularly publishes ranked lists, including the Fortune 500, a ranking of companies by revenue published annually since 1955. The current editor is Clifton Leaf.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Fortune Magazine is published by Fortune Media Group Holdings and owned by Thai businessman Chatchaval Jiaravanon. Fortune generates revenue through advertising and subscription fees.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Fortune Magazine reports on business news with a clear distinction between straight news and opinion pieces. Articles do not use loaded language such as "How Bill and Melinda Gates Are Transforming Life for Billions in the 21st Century." This story, like all on Fortune Magazine, is properly sourced to credible media. While Fortune Magazine does not always have a favorable view of President Trump, they always have a favorable view of business interests and limited government. When it comes to science, Fortune Magazine supports the consensus of scientists on issues such as climate change.

    Failed Fact Checks

    Overall, we rate Fortune Magazine Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor business and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/6/2016) Updated (2/14/2021)


    Fox News

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources (notoriously egregious disinformation source).

    Refer here:  Fox News [Rupert Murdoch]

  • See also Rupert Murdoch's Media Holdings, which disambiguates and clarifies Rupert Murdoch's media empire (past and present).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  we rate Fox News strongly Right-Biased due to editorial positions and story selection that favors the right. We also rate them Mixed factually and borderline Questionable based on poor sourcing and the spreading of conspiracy theories.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    ... In 2018-10, Fox News added to their terms of use that they are an entertainment company. ...

    Funded by / Ownership

    Rupert Murdoch is the owner and a board member of News Corp  [21st Century Fox (2013-2019), the legal successor to the original News Corporation]. According to Reuters, James Murdoch (son) is chief executive of 21st Century Fox and recently left in May 2018. Lachlan (the other son of Murdoch) and Rupert Murdoch will serve as the new Fox co-chairman. Revenue analysis can be found at Investopedia and income reports here.


    Rupert Murdoch owns the notorious (reprehensible) disinformation source, stridently pro-Trump Fox News network. Accordingly, any information spawned by that sprawling network (including the sources below) must be scrutinized with extreme care, as potential (probable) disinformation sources.

    This is exemplary re: the Fox News disinformation universe.


    Georgia Straight, The [Straight  |  Straight.com]

  • The Georgia Straight - Wikipedia entry, 2021-11-13:


  • Global News

  • Wikipedia, 2022-02-14:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com (2020-12-23):  overall, we rate Global News Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • GlobalResearch.ca

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck:


  • Globe and Mail, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize over concern regarding potential neoliberal and libertarian ideologies.

  • Wikipedia entry  |  Controversies

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Globe and Mail slightly Right-Center biased due to editorial positions and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing.

  • History

    Founded in 1844, The Globe and Mail is a nationally distributed Canadian broadsheet newspaper based in Toronto and printed in six cities across the country. With a weekly readership of 2,018,923 in 2015.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Globe and Mail is owned by The Woodbridge Company Limited, a Canadian private holding company based in Toronto and the principal and controlling shareholder (62.35% of common shares) of Thomson Reuters. Subscriptions and advertising fund the newspaper.

    Analysis / Bias

    The Globe and Mail report local news through field journalists, while world news is primarily syndicated via The Associated Press and Reuters. News headlines and articles contain minimal loaded words and are well-sourced. However, editorials do utilize sensational headlines: "No Justin Trudeau Shouldn't go Grovelling to Saudi Arabia." Editorially, The Globe and Mail have a history of endorsing slightly more conservative candidates than liberal. In general, they report news factually and with a right-leaning political bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Go.com

  • Go.com.  Owned by Disney Parks; hosts ABCNews.go.com/ and https://ESPN.go.com  (redirects to ESPN.com).


  • Google News

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize - due in part to ownership by Google, a deeply-entrenched, hyper-wealthy advertising platform - and concerns regarding algorithmic bias.

  • Type: news aggregation website.

  • Google News  website.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Google News strongly Left-Center biased with the majority of stories coming from Left-Center sources. We also rate them High for factual reporting because the majority of sources used are credible media outlets.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Google News is a news aggregator developed by Google LLC. It presents a continuous, customizable flow of articles organized from thousands of publishers and magazines. A beta version was launched in September 2002, and released officially in January 2006. The Google News homepage breaks news into categories such as World, US, Business, Technology, Science, etc. They also offer a search feature to search for news by keyword. The news that appears on the homepage and in searches is derived from Google's search algorithm. Google News is available in 35 languages.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Google News is owned by Google, Inc. News<  [former name; now: Google LLC].

    Analysis / Bias

    Determining the bias of a news aggregator is different than from a single source that produces original content. The wording on Google News comes from other sources, so we will not even look at that as a factor. The most logical way to determine the bias of a news aggregator is to look at the sources they use for their news content. Another way to look, since Google is a search engine, is to see where sources rank when searching for news. We did a limited test of this by searching a variety of keywords such as Migrant, Trump, Clinton, NATO, Mueller, Obama, etc and the results indicate that in 9 out of 10 (90%) searches, left-leaning sources ranked 1st and ahead of the first right-leaning source. Usually, the right-leaning sources were much lower in the rank.

    Another method we used was to look at what sources were being used in the categories of "U.S. News" and "World News." Over the course of three days, we looked at the top 25 sources in each category for a total of 150 sources calculated. We then compared these sources to our bias ratings and calculated what percentage comes from each bias category. Overall, the majority of stories on Google News come from Left-Center sources (58%) and only 7% from least biased sources. Further, Right-Center sources only made up 5% of the news and Right biased less than 1%, while on the other hand, 28% of stories come from the left-biased category. When looking at purely left-leaning vs right-leaning sources, the numbers greatly favor the left. See the charts below: ...

    It should be noted that we are not stating Google News is willfully biased, we are pointing out that the sources used have a strong preference for the left according to our ratings. This could be due to how the algorithm works and also that there simply are more mainstream news media that leans left. Further, on 6/6/2019, The Economist published a that shows Google presents news that is factual and less reliant on bias.

    A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 37% of Google News' audience is consistently or mostly liberal, 43% Mixed and 20% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that Google News is preferred by a more liberal audience.

    Overall, we rate Google News strongly Left-Center biased with the majority of stories coming from Left-Center sources. We also rate them High for factual reporting because the majority of sources used are credible media outlets. (D. Van Zandt 11/28/2018) Updated (10/7/2019).


    Gray Zone | theGrayZone.com

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

    Max Blumenthal established and writes for theGrayZone.com - which purports to be an independent investigative journalism site, but is tainted by Blumenthal and his associations (e.g.) with RT.com, and other questionable journalistic practices (e.g.: anti-Zionism).

    Max Blumenthal has broadcast on RT.com (RT, formerly known as Russia Today) on many occasions. In December 2015, during an all-expenses paid trip to Moscow, Blumenthal attended RT's "10 Years On Air" anniversary party attended by President Vladimir Putin, then-Lieutenant General Michael Flynn of the United States, and English politician Ken Livingstone.

    In an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News in November 2017, Max Blumenthal defended RT against "the charge that it's Kremlin propaganda." Blumenthal has also contributed on multiple occasions to the Sputnik news agency.

    Max Blumenthal founded The Grayzone website a month after his visit to Moscow. Gilbert Achcar wrote in an October 2019 article for New Politics magazine that along with the World Socialist Web Site, Blumenthal's Grayzone has "the habit of demonizing all left-wing critics of Putin and the likes of Assad by describing them as 'agents of imperialism' or some equivalent."

    Autobiographical statements on theGrayZone.com (founded by Max Blumenthal) paint a glowing self-tribute,

    However, even a cursory internet search reveals Max Blumenthal to be an infamous anti-Zionist, disinformation-spewing troll.


    Grist

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com;  overall, we rate Grist Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that align with the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing, a clean fact check record, and adherence to scientific consensus.

  • History

    Grist (originally Grist Magazine; also referred to as Grist.org) is an American non-profit online magazine publishing environmental news and commentary since 1999. Grist is a Pro-Science magazine that focuses on environmental issues. According to their about page, "Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future."

    Funded by / Ownership

    Grist Magazine Inc. owns the website. Advertising, grants, and donations fund Grist.

    Analysis / Bias

    Grist publishes original articles and republishes from other sources primarily covering the environment and climate change. Original articles and headlines often contain loaded emotional wording that emphasizes the consequences of climate change, such as: As Arctic broils, world leaders convene in Iceland to talk climate change. This article, like most, is properly sourced to credible media outlets such as VOA News,   CBS News, and The New York Times.

    Editorially, Grist holds left-leaning positions on the environment and equity, frequently reporting negatively on conservatives such as this: "After a Trump-length pause, the EPA is relaunching a major climate change report." When reporting on Democrats, they tend to hold a favorable view Biden wants to balance infrastructure and conservation goals. But it won't be easy. In general, they report news factual and support the consensus of science while holding left-leaning viewpoints.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Guardian, The | theGuardian.com

  • See also: The Observer.

  • πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to tabloid journalism, and multiple failed fact checks.

  • Wikipedia (2021-09-27): The Guardian:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: The Guardian:  overall, we rate The Guardian Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks over the last five years.


  • Hill, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to staffing of known conspiracy theorist / The Hill columnist John Solomon.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Hill Least Biased based on balanced editorial positions and news reporting that is low biased. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to previous opinion columns promoting unproven claims.


  • Hill Reporter

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: nebulous origin and individuals; non-original content.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Hill Reporter Left biased based on story selection and wording that routinely favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.


  • HuffPost (The Huffington Post)

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources: founded by Andrew Breitbart (founder of Breitbart News: note association with Steve Bannon); news aggregator; ownership by BuzzFeed News; ...

  • Type: news aggregation website.

  • See also: BuzzFeed News, currently owned by Verizon Media [now Yahoo], who recently acquired HuffPost.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate HuffPost Left-Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to failed fact checks and the promotion of pseudoscience.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  | Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2005, HuffPost, also known as The Huffington Post, is a news and commentary site headquartered in New York City. The Huffington Post was founded by Andrew Breitbart (Founder of Breitbart News: note association with Steve Bannon), Arianna Huffington (Former Executive Vice President of AOL Time Warner and Chairman of Betaworks and BuzzFeed), Kenneth Lerer (Chairman of BuzzFeed), and Jonah Peretti (CEO of BuzzFeed).

    In March 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for $315 million. Arianna Huffington was named president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included AOL properties, Engadget, and MapQuest. In 2015, Verizon Communications bought AOL, and The Huffington Post became part of Verizon. Then, in 2016, Arianna Huffington resigned as editor-in-chief, and former New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief Lydia Polgreen became editor-in-chief. In 2017, The Huffington Post name was shortened to HuffPost.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The HuffPost is currently owned by Oath Inc., which is a subsidiary of Verizon Communications. In November 2020, BuzzFeed acquired the HuffPost; however, they will maintain separate newsrooms. The website generates revenue through advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    Politico reports that during the 2016 presidential elections, every article related to Donald Trump included a note at the bottom indicating Trump as being "racist," "xenophobe," "Misogynist"; however, after the election, HuffPost dropped the note.

    In review, HuffPost publishes stories with strong emotionally loaded headlines such as "Comey Flips: 'Vote for Democrats This Fall'," and "Trump Calls Female Reporter 'So Obnoxious,' Tells Her To Be Quiet." They utilize credible sources such as CBS News,   New York Times,   Politico, and blogs that are unknown to us, such as queensjewelvault.blogspot.com. Furthermore, HuffPost sources The Associated Press when covering world news, such as "Mass Graves Suggest Systematic Killing Of Rohingya In Myanmar." Finally, Science-Based Medicine has criticized HuffPost for promoting dangerous, implausible pseudo-medicine.

    A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 59% of HuffPost's audience is consistently or primarily liberal, 23% Mixed, and 17% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that a more liberal audience prefers HuffPost. In general, a review of articles shows that more favor the left than the right. While HuffPost primarily relies on credible sources of information, they have failed fact checks and promoted pseudoscience earning a Mixed factual reporting rating.

    Failed Fact Checks

    When meeting President Donald Trump in July 2018, Queen Elizabeth wore a brooch given to her by former president Barack Obama. - FALSE.

    "More Than 4,000 Died Within Six Weeks - FALSE.

    "The Senate is constitutionally required to review and vote on a president's nominees, regardless of party," - FALSE.


    Human Events

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  web site formerly owned by Salem Media Group.

  • See: Salem Media Group subentry, this page.

  • See also main article: Regnery Publishing.


  • Independent, The (U.K.)

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to political bias, tabloid journalism

  • Wikipedia entry, 2021-12-12.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com;  overall we rate The Independent Left-Center Biased due to story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them Mixed in factual reporting due to several failed fact checks.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1986, by Newspaper Publishing, The Independent is a daily newspaper from London, United Kingdom. The Independent was launched by former The Daily Telegraph staffers Andreas Whittam Smith,   Matthew Symonds, and Stephen Glover. In 1990, The Independent on Sunday was launched and edited by Stephen Glover. In 1994, the founders left the paper and Ian Hargreaves became the editor of the paper. A year later Newspaper Publishing was restructured, with Mirror Group  [Reach plc, known as Trinity Mirror between 1999 and 2018] and Tony O'Reilly's   Independent News & Media (INM) becoming joint owners of Newspaper Publishing.

    In 1998, Independent News & Media took complete control of The Independent. Tony O'Reilly bought out the company for Β£30m and in 2010 and then Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny Lebedev acquired The Independent. In 2016, The Independent moved to a digital-only format. Simon Kelner is currently the editor-in-chief of The Independent titles. Andreas Whittam Smith, The Independent's founder, has also joined the board of Independent Print Limited. In 2017, Saudi Businessman Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel bought a 30% stake in The Independent online newspaper.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Independent is owned by Independent Print Limited, a company owned by the Lebedev family (Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny Lebedev). In 2017, Saudi Businessman Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel bought a 30% stake in The Independent online newspaper. Advertising and subscription generate revenue for the paper.

    Analysis / Bias

    The Independent recently joined up with a media group with close links to the Saudi royal family [House of Saud] to launch websites across the Middle EastThe Guardian has criticized The Guardian's partnering with a publisher with strong ties to the Saudi government.

    In review, The Independent tends to publish stories utilizing minimally loaded language in their headlines such as: "Theresa May insists Brexit deal is not dead despite EU leaders refusing to make further concessions," and "US news 'Mueller investigation: Special counsel attacks Flynn criticism of FBI interview'." The Independent also republishes news from other credible sources such as The Associated Press: "Five things you didn't know about Germany's diesel ban." Most stories favor the left and tend to be appropriately sourced utilizing credible sources such as USA Today and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

    According to a 2017 survey conducted by YouGov (U.K.), The Independent is viewed as having a center-left bias in reporting, with 79% saying it was either Center or Left and only 21% saying it leaned right. In general, The Independent a left-leaning editorial bias. Further, they produce a high content volume; therefore, the number of failed fact checks is low compared to the number of stories published. Consequently, they are classified as factually Mixed rather than questionable.

    Failed Fact Checks

  • "Analysis 'Climate change might be worse than thought after scientists find major mistake in water temperature readings'" - LOW SCIENTIFIC CREDIBILITY

  • "New antibody tests are 100% accurate." - FALSE

  • "Sir David King, who chairs the Independent SAGE group of scientists, has claimed that 27,000 people will die by next April if current levels of COVID-19 infection continue." - FALSE

  • "915 children admitted with malnutrition Cambridge hospitals between 2015 and 2020. There were 656 similar admissions at Newcastle hospitals and 656 at the Royal Free London hospitals." - FALSE

  • "Online conspiracy theories and misinformation relating to COVID-19 have resulted in at least 800 deaths from coronavirus." - FALSE

  • "Donald Trump said, 'undocumented immigrants are not people; they are animals.'" - FALSE


  • InfluenceWatch.org

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  See also (this file):

  • Capital Research Center  (produces InfluenceWatch.org website)
  • SourceWatch.org  (website diametrically opposed to / competing with InfluenceWatch.org).

  • While providing detailed reports with apparently factual financial data (spot fact-checked, e.g., against IRS Form 990 filings), content from Capital Research Center is strongly biased against left-wing ideology (politics and policies).

    The Capital Research Center (CRC) was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson, former senior vice president of The Heritage Foundation. Donors to the Capital Research Center have included foundations run by the Koch family, the Scaife Foundations, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. As of 2017, CRC had received more than $265,000 from ExxonMobil.

    In 2017, the CRC launched the website "Influence Watch" [InfluenceWatch.org], which focuses on identifying funding sources of progressive organizations and initiatives. In Wikipedia, a search for "InfluenceWatch" redirects to the Capital Research Center.


    Insider  |  Business Insider

  • In 2021-02, Business Insider Inc.  was renamed  Insider.

  • πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, including:

  • potentially questionable content;

  • Board of Directors member association with The Huffington Post;

  • media ownership by Axel Springer, which has minority stakeholder ownership of Group Nine Media, Inc. - thus associated with the Vox Media ecosystem via Vox Media's of 2021-12 purchase of Group Nine.

  • failed climate change fact checks:

  • part ownership by billionaire Jeff Bezos;

  • concern over neoliberal ideology and climate change denial;
  • majority ownership by KKR & Co. Inc.  [co-founded by Republican Trump supporter Henry R. Kravis - see New York Magazine description];

  • ...


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Business Insider Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Launched in 2007, Business Insider is a business news site concentrating on finance, industry, and tech news. Its headquarters is located in New York City, USA. Business Insider was founded by former Wall Street analyst Henry Blodget and DoubleClick's co-founder Dwight Merriman and CEO Kevin Ryan. It is published by Insider, Inc.  Business Insider's board of directors includes The Huffington Post co-founder Kenneth "Ken" Lerer, and the president and chief operating officer are Julie Hansen. Henry Blodget is also CEO and editor-in-chief of Business Insider.

    Funded by / Ownership

    In 2015, German publishing company Axel Springer - owner of BildDie Welt, and Fakt - acquired Business Insider for $442 million, which brought their share to approximately 97 percent. Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, will hold further shares according to the purchase details. The website is funded through online advertising.

  • Harvard University: The Future of Media ProjectIndex of US Mainstream Media Ownership (2021-11-30).

  • Wikipedia entry, 2021-11-30.

  • Failed Fact Checks

    Amazon Doesn't Produce 20% of Earth's Oxygen - FALSE.


    International Consortium of Investigative Journalists [ICIJ]

    Excellent reporting, via the Center for Public Integrity (CPI)  |  main page.

    In 1997, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) launched the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). This international network, based in Washington, D.C., includes over 200 investigative reporters in over 90 countries and territories. Gerard Ryle is the director of ICIJ. Its website publishes The Global Muckraker. ICIJ is focused on issues such as "cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power". In 2013, the consortium reported having 160 member journalists from 60 countries. The ICIJ brings together teams of international journalists for different investigations (over 80 for Offshore leaks). It organized the bi-annual Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. ICIJ staff members include Michael Hudson, while the Advisory Committee in 2013 included Bill Kovach, Phillip Knightley, Gwen Lister, and Goenawan Mohamad.

  • Praise  |  Criticism


  • International Fact-Checking Network [IFCN; Poynter Institute]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly sources due to concern over funding to the Poynter Institute from the notoriously neoliberal billionaire Charles Koch and left-wing billionaire George Soros. Poynter also established the International Fact-Checking Network  (IFCN).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com - Factual Reporting: HIGH
  • International Fact-Checking Network's code of principles

  • Website: Poynter.org/IFCN  |  Poynter.org/media-news/fact-checking
  • In 2015, the Poynter Institute launched the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), which sets a code of ethics for fact-checking organizations. The IFCN reviews fact-checkers for compliance with its code, and issues a certification to publishers who pass the audit. The certification lasts for one year, and fact-checkers must be re-examined annually to retain their certifications.

    Google,   Facebook, and other technology companies use the IFCN's certification to vet publishers for fact-checking contracts.

    The IFCN and the American Press Institute jointly publish Factually, a newsletter on fact-checking and journalism ethics.


    Inter Press Service

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Inter Press Service (IPS) high in factual reporting due to credible sourcing and Left-Center biased based on story selection that usually favors the left.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 1964, Inter Press Service or IPS news agency is a global news agency based in Rome, Italy. Roberto Savio and Pablo Piacentini are the founders of Inter Press Service) and Thalif Deen is Senior Consulting Editor.

    Inter Press Service (IPS) focuses on providing news and analysis of sustainable development, events on the Global South, civil society, and globalization.

    According to their about page, Inter Press Service states its mission as "giving a voice to the voiceless - acting as a communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability, and participation around development, promoting a new international information order between the South and the North."


    In the Public Interest  |  InThePublicInterest.org

  • Wikipedia, 2021-10-05

  • In the Public Interest (ITPI) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization based in Oakland, California, that studies public education, infrastructure, social services, and other public goods. According to its website, ITPI "helps community organizations, advocacy groups, public officials, researchers, and the general public understand how the privatization of public goods impacts service quality, democracy, equity, and government budgets." The organization also "advocates for responsible contracting" and "reclaiming and building popular support for public institutions that work for all of us".

    ITPI is a fiscal project of the Partnership for Working Families (PWF), a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in Oakland, California.

    History

    History

    ITPI was founded in 2009 by its current executive director, Donald Cohen. The organization is funded through grants from a variety of foundations and non-corporate organizations, as well as private donations from individuals.

    In 2016, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, then a presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, renewed calls to ban private prisons after seeing a report from ITPI that estimated the top two private prison operators made $361 million in profits in 2015.

    In 2018, Cohen advised Pittsburgh Bill Peduto on engaging in a potential public-private partnership for the city's municipal water system.

    In 2020, author and activist Naomi Klein said, "ITPI is an essential organization that we all count on as we fight the assault on public goods and the commons."


    In These Times

  • website

  • Wikipedia, 2021-12-09:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate In These Times far-Left Biased based on editorial positions that align with Democratic Socialism. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to a significant imbalance in story selection, as well as the use of frequent emotional language which can be misleading.

  • Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL.

    History

    Founded in 1976, In These Times is an American politically progressive monthly magazine of news and opinion published in Chicago, Illinois. According to In These Times's about page, they are "an independent, nonprofit magazine, is dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future."

    Funded by / Ownership

    In These Times is a nonprofit that is owned and published by the Institute for Public Affairs (U.S.). Revenue is derived through advertising and donations.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, In These Times publishes news and opinion articles from a Democratic socialist perspective. There is the frequent use of emotionally loaded language that favors the left such as this: "To Save Species from Extinction, We Must Consider More than Just Numbers." Although biased in wording this story is properly sourced to scientific studies as well as The Conversation. Story selection always favors the progressive left and often denigrates the right and establishment Democrats such as this: "Joe Biden Lied His Face Off About the Iraq War."

    Editorially, In These Times always favors the progressive left and denigrates corporations and those who support them. They often report favorably on Democratic socialist candidates such as Bernie Sanders as evidenced by this: "Want More Proof of Corporate Media's Anti-Bernie Bias? Look at MSNBC's Democratic Debate." In general, In These Times aligns with what would today be considered the far-left: pro-environment, pro-choice, pro-feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-militarism, and pro-civil rights. While these may not seem like extreme issues, in our current political climate they are considered on the far end of left. In general, In These Times sources information correctly and is factual, while holding a far-left editorial bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    A factual search reveals In These Times has not failed a fact check.


    iPolitics | iPolitics.ca

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize (due in part to ownership by Torstar).

  • iPolitics.ca: coverage of Canadian politics, policy and the business of government.

  • Wikipedia: iPolitics.ca is a Canadian digital newspaper, which covers stories in Canadian politics. The site was launched in 2010 by founding editor and publisher James Baxter, and offers daily coverage of political news, a quarterly print magazine, political analysis podcasts and specialized parliamentary monitoring services. Since October 2018, it has been owned by Torstar.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:


  • Intercept, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to funding by billionaire owner Pierre Omidyar,   left-wing political bias, and numerous controversies. [Changed from no flag to red flag 2022-01-02.]

  • Wikipedia  |  Resignation of Glenn Greenwald

  • MediaBiasFactCheck: overall, we rate The Intercept progressive Left Biased based on story selection that routinely favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to previous fabricated work and censorship of writers. "Mostly factual"

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Launched in 2014 by , The Intercept is a news organization covering national security, digital privacy, government secrets, politics, civil liberties, the environment, international affairs, technology, and more. The Intercept was founded by former The Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, and former Nation writer Jeremy Scahill.

    The editors are Betsy Reed and Jeremy Scahill. Glenn Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights litigator known for obtaining and publishing Edward Snowden's leaks about NSA surveillance while working for The Guardian.

    On 10/29/20, Glenn Greenwald resigned from The Intercept, citing censorship of his reporting on Joe Biden.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Intercept is funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's media company, , a non-profit media organization focused on entertainment studios, consumer businesses, and journalism. Omidyar initially committed $250 million and continues to support it through First Look MediaFirst Look Media's other brands include TopicField of Vision, and the Nib. The Intercept also receives reader donations.

  • [Glenn Greenwald, 2020-10-30] My Resignation From The Intercept. The same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.  |  Hacker News (2020-10-29)


  • Kaiser Health News (KHN.org)

  • website

  • [Wikipedia, captured 2021-05-09] Kaiser Family Foundation

  • [KHN.org, 2021-05-06] Salesforce,   Google,   Facebook. How Big Tech Undermines California's Public Health System.


  • Jacobin  |  Jacobin Magazine

  • Wikipedia:


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Jacobin Magazine, Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that always favor the Democratic Socialist Left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2011, Jacobin is a democratic socialist quarterly magazine based in New York offering American leftist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. Bhaskar Sunkara is the founder and editor. You can find a complete list of staff on their about page.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Jacobin is owned by Bhaskar Sunkara and generates revenue through subscription fees and advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Jacobin is a well-written quarterly magazine and website that publishes news from a strongly left-leaning perspective. There is moderate to the strong use of loaded emotional language such as this: "Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Pick a Fight With the Loan Sharks." This article, like most on Jacobin, is properly sourced to a variety of High factual sources. Although Jacobin harshly criticizes President Trump, they also frequently criticize centrist Democrats often described as corporate and establishment "Democrats: Trump's Sadism - and Democrats' Accomodationism." Again, this article may contain loaded language, but it is properly sourced to only High factual sources. Editorially, all stories favor the Democratic Socialist left.

    Jacobin has received praise from notable figures such as Noam Chomsky, who states they are "a bright light in dark times." They have also faced criticism from libertarian free-market advocates, Reason Magazine.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    LA Times (Los Angeles Times)

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the LA Times, Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    ... In June 2000, Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Tribune, acquired Times Mirror Company, the parent company of the LA Times, which ended "100 years of local ownership of the Los Angeles Times by the Otis and Chandler families."

    In 2018, Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong acquired LA Times for $500m from the Tribune Publishing Company (formerly Tronc) and became the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times. Former Vice Chairman of Time Inc.,   Norman Pearlstine is the Executive Editor.

    The LA Times covers local/national news, business, entertainment, political analysis, and sports news. The LA Times is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is the owner of LA Times. The paper is funded through advertising, subscriptions, and newsstand sales.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the LA Times (Los Angeles Times) uses moderately emotionally loaded headlines such as this ...

    Editorially, the LA Times has endorsed Democratic presidential candidates in the last three elections and during the 2016 General Election the LA Times stated that "Hillary Clinton would make a sober, smart and pragmatic president. Donald Trump would be a catastrophe."

    In a 2018 Interview, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong told NPR "We'll be as competitive vis-Γ -vis The New York Times and The Washington Post."

    Failed Fact Check

    None to date.


    LA Weekly

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate LA Weekly as strongly left biased based on story selection that routinely favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency with ownership, not disclosing their political bias, and poor sourcing on some articles.

  • Factual Reporting: MIXED.

    Funded by / Ownership

    LA Weekly lacks transparency as they do not openly disclose ownership. The paper and website is owned by Semanal Media LLC, which is owned by "David Welch, a Los Angeles-based attorney with ties to the cannabis industry; philanthropist Kevin Xu, an investor with biotech firm Mebo International; attorney Steve Mehr; boutique hotelier Paul Makarechian; real estate developer Mike Mugel; and Southern California investor Andy Bequer." Revenue is derived through advertising.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Law & Crime

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Law & Crime Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Law & Crime (formerly Law Newz) is founded and run by Dan Abrams, who is currently the Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News. According to their about page, "LawandCrime.com is the only site and OTT Network that covers live court video, high-profile criminal trials, crazy crime, celebrity justice, and smart legal analysis. The site's team of journalists and lawyers provide real-time news updates along with live courtroom coverage of the most fascinating trials and legal stories." The current editor-in-chief is Rachel Stockman.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Law & Crime is owned by the Abrams Media Network, which also owns the left-leaning Mediaite and The Mary Sue. In 2017, A+E Network invested in Law & Crime and will provide trial coverage for its video streams. The website generates revenue through advertising and subscription fees.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the website features links to watch live streams of ongoing court cases as well as a link that directs you to all the places you can watch, such as Pluto TV. The Law & Crime website also publishes news about court cases with occasionally sensational wording, such as this: "'Hollywood Ripper' Michael Gargiulo Found Guilty of Horrific Murders." They also report news related to law such as this: "AOC Using Similar Argument to Trump to Insist She Can Block People on Twitter." This story, like most, is properly sourced to credible media outlets. Editorially, Law & Crime frequently report negatively on the Trump administration: Sorry, Trump: New York's 'Red Flag' Law Doesn't Let You Take Chris Cuomo's Guns. The clearly labeled opinion piece is properly sourced to Cornell Law. In general, the news is factual and minimally biased; however, editorially, there is moderate left-leaning bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Logically.ai

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Logically.ai Least Biased based on low biased fact-checking and commentary. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of claims.

  • Logically.ai/

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Based in the United Kingdom and launched in 2019, Logically.ai is a Fact-Checking service that uses artificial intelligence to rate news articles. Logically.ai also has a browser extension that will scan the article you are presently reading and give basic information about the credibility based on the wording and the source. According to their about page, "Logically.ai employs one of the world's largest dedicated fact-checking teams, working together with AI to provide rigorous, evidence-based fact checks."

    The website is fully transparent, listing Lyric Jain as the CEO and Dr. Al Baker as the managing editor. Logically.ai is a certified fact-checker of the International Fact-Checking Network.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Logically Ltd., which is registered in London and has offices in India and the U.K., is the company's owner. Logically.ai discloses funding, "Logically.ai is funded by a combination of Lyric's personal investment in the company (using personal savings and money from family business Eliza Tinsley), by venture capital investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, managed by Mercia Asset Management, and investment from XTX Ventures. Lyric Jain remains the only person with significant control of Logically.ai." The website does not make it clear how they monetize.

    Analysis / Bias

    Logically.ai offers a browser extension, mobile apps and publishes fact checks on the website. The fact checks use a combination of their proprietary AI and human interface. Logically.ai performs fact-checks by scanning the internet for credible media sources who either supports or refutes the claim. For example, in this fact check: "Gun manufacturers are exempt from being sued in the U.S." the AI scanned and found three sources that confirm the claims are false, CNN,   New York Times, and Giffords Law Center [Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence]. In reviewing numerous fact checks, they all appear to be credible and accurate. However, human only fact-checking is more rigorous.

    The browser extension, on the other hand, is a different story. When you view a news story, you can click the extension icon to get information about the news story. The extension will estimate the source's credibility and reliability and the tone of the wording. It will provide links to related stories, a good indicator of validity if other sources are reporting the same. It also offers a search for fact checks on the claim. This is all good. However, we found that if it does not recognize a source, and it has words such as "killed" in it, it rates it as negative. The word killed in a news story is not necessarily negative. The context is important. Further, they also label lesser known sources as "Toxicity". We are unable to determine why.

    WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE EXTENSION, but their fact checks are reasonable.

    Editorially, they produce commentary on conspiracy theories and misinformation such as this: "How the Hegelian Dialectic Became a Far-Right Conspiracy Theory." We found editorials written with minimal bias and proper sourcing. All in all, Logically.ai does what it says and delivers the information with low bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date. Logically.ai is an IFCN fact-checker.


    Lowy Institute [Australia]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

    The Lowy Institute is an independent think tank founded in April 2003 by Sir Frank LowyAC  [AC: Order of Australia]  to conduct original, policy-relevant research about international political, strategic and economic issues from an Australian perspective. It is based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

    While the Lowy Institute has alternatively been described as "neoliberal," "centre-right"-leaning or "reactionary, officially, its research and analysis aim to be non-partisan, and its active program of conferences, seminars and other events are designed to inform and deepen the debate about international policy in Australia and to help shape the broader international discussion of these issues.

  • COMMENT (Persagen).  Australia has been sparring with China over China's influence in that region of the globe. Hence, many of the articles from the Lowy Institute have a terse, anti-China sentiment.


  • Maclean's | MacLeans.ca

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • MacLeans.ca  |  Wikipedia entry  |  Controversies


  • While Maclean's magazine is generally well-regarded in Canada, lately [ca. 2020] I am much less trusting of this news magazine / website. In particular, note the following entries viz-a-viz disinformation troll Mark Steyn.


    Markup, The | theMarkup.org

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

    Despite the links to Propublica (former staff; funding), I've marked The Markup with a caution / yellow flag ⚠️ due to issues with staffing and funding (below).

  • See also: Propublica.

  • Wikipedia, 2021-10-05


  • Metabunk

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Metabunk a Pro-Science source based on providing evidence-based information to debunk pseudoscience and conspiracy theories.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    Pro-science

    These sources consist of legitimate science or are evidence based through the use of credible scientific sourcing. Legitimate science follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words. These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. Some sources in this category may have a slight political bias, but adhere to scientific principles. See all Pro-Science sources.


    Miami Herald

  • Wikipedia:


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Miami Herald Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1903, the Miami Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper headquartered in Doral, Florida, a city in western Miami-Dade County several miles west of Miami. The Miami Herald is the second-largest newspaper in South Florida, serving Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Monroe County. The Miami Herald also circulates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. A former publisher of the Miami Herald, Aminda MarquΓ©s GonzΓ‘lez, was demoted in 2020-09, and departed the Miami Herald in 2020-10 to become vice president and executive editor at book publisher Simon & Schuster.

    The Miami Herald has been awarded 22 Pulitzer Prizes since beginning publication in 1903.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Miami Herald is owned by The McClatchy Company, which owns 29 newspapers across 14 states [including The News & Observer and The Fresno Bee]. The Miami Herald generates revenue through an advertising and subscription model.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the Miami Herald covers South Florida news through journalists and with minimal bias in wording such as this: "The price of gas in Florida may go down this week. Here's why." National and international news is derived primarily from The Associated Press and The New York Times. Editorially, the Miami Herald has endorsed Democratic Presidential candidates since 2000. Further, most editorials favor the political left and sometimes utilize loaded emotional language such as these: "The Invading Sea: Democrats in debate must focus on solutions to climate change," and "Reprehensible immigrant round-ups in Miami postponed - for now, | Editorial." In general, straight news reporting is low biased and factual, while editorially, there is a moderate liberal bias in story selection and policy preferences.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    Mint Press News | MintPress_News.com

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  MintPressNews.com  |  Wikipedia entry  |  MediaBiasFactCheck entry

  • These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED Country: USA  |  source

  • [WikipediaFrequent contributors include Eva Bartlett [who also contributes to the RT (Russia Today) propaganda / disinformation network], and more alarmingly (?) disinformation conspiracist / anti-Zionist / troll Max Blumenthal; ...


  • MIT Technology Review

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate MIT Technology Review Pro-Science based on the strong sourcing of information and promoting consensus in scientific matters.


  • Montreal Gazette [formerly: The Gazette]

  • Wikipedia: Montreal Gazette, 2022-03-01:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2020-04-10:  overall, we rate the Montreal Gazette Right-Center biased based on a slight right-leaning editorial bias. We also rate them high for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Mother Jones

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content (note "Controversies" in Wikipedia entry); carefully scrutinize.

  • Wikipedia  |  Controversies

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Mother Jones strongly Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to thorough sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Nation, The

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Nation Left Biased due to story choices and wording that favor the left and factually high based on proper sourcing.


  • Narwhal, The

  • website:


  • Nation of Change

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Nation of Change far-Left Biased based on editorial positions that always favor the progressive left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to not always aligning with the consensus of science when it comes to GMOs.

  • Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL.

    History

    Nation of Change is a news and activism organization founded in 2011 and based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nation of Change provides a free daily newsletter with articles from progressive writers and initiates activist calls to action. According to their about page, the mission is to "help people create a more compassionate, responsible, and value-driven world, powered by communities that focus on positive solutions to social and economic problems. We strive to accomplish this mission through fearless journalism combined with boots-on-the-ground activism in order to create real-world, actionable strategies for change."

    Funded by / Ownership

    Nation of Change is a 501(c) nonprofit that is funded through donations.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Nation of Change provides a daily newsletter written from a progressive liberal perspective. The website features news stories that always favor the left and often uses moderately loaded language in their headlines and articles such as this: "The Trump administration's latest attempt to undermine science - and how to stop it." This story is sourced properly to The New York Times, Congress.gov, and the National Academy of Sciences.

    Nation of Change frequently reports on the environment and takes a pro-science position regarding human-influenced climate change. However, reporting on GMOs is always negative and does not always align with the consensus of science.

    Editorially, Nation of Change favors left-leaning causes such as combating climate change, feminism, anti-corporate fascism, and social justice. They frequently report negatively on conservatives such as this: "The 4 biggest conservative lies about inequality and positively for socialism, 'Socialism' made America great." In general, Nation of Change reports news factually from a far-left progressive perspective.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    National Observer

  • See also: The Vancouver Observer  (superseded by the National Observer).

  • Wikipedia: National Observer:


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the National Observer Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • National Post

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to Postmedia Network's history of anti-transgender  [transphobia] bias, American part-ownership, declining financials, ties to United States Republican Party and support of Donald Trump, ...

  • See also; The Financial Post: The Financial Post is part of the National Post newspaper and website serving as their business section.


  • New Statesman

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the New Statesman Left Biased based on story selection that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, it was connected with Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society. The New Statesman has, according to its present self-description, holds a liberal, skeptical political position.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The New Statesman is owned by GlobalData Plc, a data analytics and media company established in 1999 and has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2000. It was previously called Progressive Digital Media and, before that, the TMN Group. Advertising and subscription fees generate revenue.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The New Statesman reports news and opinions with a left-leaning bias in story selection and wording such as this: "It is getting harder and harder for Nancy Pelosi to resist calls to impeach Trump." Like most on the New Statesman, this story utilizes credible sources such as Roll Call and The Washington Post. For the most part, stories are opposed to Conservatives, whether it be the U.S. version of the New Statesman or the U.K. version such as this: "Rory Stewart has said what many Conservative moderates are thinking about Boris Johnson." When it comes to U.K. politics, the New Statesman does not support Brexit, and when it comes to U.S. politics, they do not support President Trump. In general, most stories favor the left and denigrate the right.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    National Review

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to failed fact checks, political biases, associations with known disinformation sources (Michelle Malkin;   Daily Mail; ...). National Review is owned by the National Review Institute, which has received funding from the notorious dark money groups / influencers Koch Family Foundations and the right-wing Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation  [Bradley Foundation: climate change denial, ...].

    The National Review magazine and website are both owned by the National Review Institute. William F. Buckley Jr. founded the National Review Institute as a nonprofit, and according to an article from The Nation, the "National Review's biggest financial supporter, Roger Milliken was a Birch Society member. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the John Birch Society as a conspiracist group, whereas the National Review describes Roger Milliken as one of the "Right's funding fathers." According to SourceWatch, The National Review Institute has received funding from the Charles G. Koch Foundation as well as grants from the right-wing Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Bradley Foundation helps fund groups opposing climate regulation [climate change denial].

  • Wikipedia entry  |  website

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the National Review Right Biased based on story selection that always favors the right and Mostly Factual in reporting due to a few misleading claims and occasional use of poor sources, and one failed fact check.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY   << Comment: Given my comments (above) and Media Bias/Fact Check's own analyses (below), this credibility rating is mystifying. My recommendation: πŸ›‘-flagged, i.e. removed as as informational source.

  • History

    The National Review was founded in 1955 by the conservative editor, columnist, author, and commentator William F. Buckley Jr. (1925-2008). According to their about page, the print magazine and website are corporately known as National Review, Inc. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Review Institute (NRI) based in New York City. The magazine's website covers articles, blogs, videos, podcasts, opinion pieces, conservative news, and commentary in addition to the content published in its print version.

    William F. Buckley Jr. appeared in a series of televised debates with Gore Vidal during the 1968 Republican National Convention, and this resulted in him suing Vidal and Esquire Magazine due to Vidal calling Buckley "racist, anti-black, anti-semitic and a pro-crypto Nazi." Buckley eventually settled with Esquire receiving a $115,000 payment, and dropped his suit against Vidal.

    The National Review promoted Barry Goldwater during the early 1960s and Reagan during the '80s. E. Garrett Bewkes IV is the publisher of the National Review. Richard Lowry is the Editor-in-Chief of National Review Magazine, and the online Editor is Charles C.W. Cooke. The chairman is John Hillen, and Lindsay Young Craig is the president.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The National Review magazine and website are both owned by the National Review Institute. William F. Buckley Jr. founded the National Review Institute as a nonprofit, and according to an article from The Nation, the "National Review's biggest financial supporter, Roger Milliken was a Birch Society member. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the John Birch Society as a conspiracist group, whereas the National Review describes Milliken as one of the "Right's funding fathers." According to SourceWatch, The National Review Institute has received funding from the Charles G. Koch Foundation as well as grants from the right-wing Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports the Bradley Foundation helps fund groups opposing climate regulation [climate change denial].

    Analysis / Bias

    The National Review Online describes itself as "America's most widely read and influential magazine and web site for conservative news, commentary, and opinion."

    In review, the National Review Online frequently uses loaded emotional wording in headlines that favor the right such as "Weapons of Mass Manipulation." This article was written by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin  [Fox News contributor] who has made false claims according to fact-checkers. When reporting on President Trump, the National Review offers a reasonable balance of pro-Trump and anti-Trump articles, slightly favoring the President and his policies. National Review typically sources their information to known right-leaning sources but sometimes links to factually mixed sources such as PJ Media and the Daily Mail. Editorially, they endorse conservative policy and politicians, such as Ted Cruz's endorsement during the 2016 United States presidential election. Finally, story selection always favors the right while painting liberal policy negatively.

    A factual search reveals that in this article, the National Review sourced the Daily Mail who falsely reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) manipulated climate data. This was later debunked by the person they were quoting (Dr. John Bates). Further, the National Review did not include the actual statements that Dr. Bates made, which refute the Daily Mail and National Review's claims of unverified and corrected data. Dr. John Bates said there was "no data tampering, no data changing, nothing malicious." "It's really a story of not disclosing what you did," Bates said in the interview. "It's not trumped up data in any way, shape or form," FactCheck.org concluded that the National Review's article was misleading.

    Failed Fact Checks

  • "Supreme Court has ruled 13 times that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority" - FALSE

  • "Woman Who Blamed Trump after Giving Her Husband Fish-Tank Cleaner Now Under Investigation for Murder" - FALSE (Corrected)


  • News & Observer, The [Raleigh, N.C.]

  • website

  • Wikipedia, 2021-12-09:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The News and Observer Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 1865, The News & Observer is a regional daily newspaper that serves the greater Research Triangle area based In Raleigh,   North Carolina. The News & Observer is the second largest newspaper in North Carolina after The Charlotte Observer  [Wikipedia; The Charlotte Observer]. The News & Observer has also been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes. The current editor is Robyn Tomlin.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The News & Observer is owned by The McClatchy Company, which owns numerous papers across the United States, including The Fresno Bee and The Kansas City Star and the Miami Herald. Revenue is derived from advertising and subscription fees.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The News & Observer covers local news through journalists with minimal bias such as this: "3 men face charges in heroin bust as suspect escapes, causes wrecks in Chapel Hill". National and world news often comes from The Associated Press.

    Editorially, The News & Observer moderately favor the left through presidential endorsements that have always picked Democrats since at least 1980. Further, op-eds tend to favor the left as well such as this: "Trump's callous food aid cuts? NC is already there" - though there are right-leaning opinions present within The News & Observer.

    Failed Fact Checks

    A factual search reveals The News & Observer have not failed a fact check.


    New Civil Rights Movement, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: overall, we rate The New Civil Rights Movement far-Left Biased based on the use of loaded emotional language and editorial positions that favor the progressive left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the use of poor sources as well as a few failed fact checks.

  • Factual Reporting: MIXED.


    New Republic, The

  • Wikipedia

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The New Republic Left biased based on story selection and editorial positions that frequently favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.


  • News Corp

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

    Rupert Murdoch owns the notorious (reprehensible) disinformation source, stridently pro-Trump Fox News network. Accordingly, any information spawned by that sprawling network (including the sources below) must be scrutinized with extreme care, as potential (probable) disinformation sources.

    This is exemplary re: the Fox News disinformation universe.


  • [washingtonpost.com, 2020-03-16] On Fox News, suddenly a very different tune about the coronavirus. For weeks, some of Fox News's most popular hosts downplayed the threat of the coronavirus, characterizing it as a conspiracy by media organizations and Democrats to undermine President Trump.

  • [BusinessInsider.com, 2020-10-11] James Murdoch, son of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch, says he walked away from family media empire because it legitimizes disinformation and obscures facts.


  • See also Rupert Murdoch's Media Holdings, which disambiguates and clarifies Rupert Murdoch's media empire (past and present).

  • News Corporation (1980-2013), an American multinational mass media corporation operated and owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch
  • 21st Century Fox (2013-2019), the legal successor to the original News Corporation
  • Fox Corporation (2019-present), the legal successor to the 21st Century Fox
  • News Corp (2013-present), a new company spun off from the original News Corporation

  • Newsmax

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2021-12-021: we rate Newsmax Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and pseudoscience, as well as numerous failed fact checks.

  • Wikipedia: Newsmax, 2022-02-24.


  • Newsweek

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize (financial irregularities among former executives noted, as well as past association with The Daily Beast).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Newsweek Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and timely correction of errors.


  • New Yorker, The

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The New Yorker Left Biased based on story selection and editorial position that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    The New Yorker magazine was founded in 1925 by Harold Ross and his wife, Jane Grant, and Raoul Fleischmann backed them. The magazine initially focused on social and cultural life in New York City; however, it later transformed into publishing short stories, cartoons, satire, poetry, essays, art reviews, fiction, and in-depth journalism. The New Yorker has had many famous contributors, including Dorothy Parker,   Robert Benchley,   Alexander Woollcott,   James Thurber,   Sidney J. "S.J." Perelman,   Janet Flanner,   Wolcott Gibbs, and St. Clair McKelway.

    The New Yorker is divided into sections such as News, Culture, Books, BusinessTech, Humor, Cartoons, Magazine, and more. Currently, David Remnick is the Editor.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The New Yorker is published by CondΓ© Nast. and is a subsidiary of Advance Publications Inc..   Samuel Irving Newhouse Sr. acquired The New Yorker in 1985 for "$200 a share for the magazine's common stock, an investment of about $142 million." The Newhouse family owns Advance Publications, and currently, the third and fourth generations of the Newhouse family are involved in the management. The New Yorker,   Vogue,   Vanity Fair,   Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ), Architectural Digest,   CondΓ© Nast Traveler, and Wired.com are all published by CondΓ© Nast.

    Advertising, subscriptions, and newsstand sales fund the magazine. The New Yorker also has an online store where cartoons, iconic magazine covers, and more can be purchased.

    Analysis / Bias

    The New York Times   reports that "The CondΓ© Nast philosophy, according to Newhouse, is to let the editors run free."

    In review, The New Yorker uses strong emotionally loaded headlines such as "Don't Underestimate Elizabeth Warren and Her Populist Message," and "Is Fraud Part of the Trump Organization's Business Model?" The New Yorker also publishes satirical articles from satirist Andy Borowitz through his The Borowitz Report, such as "Trump Offers to Station Pence at Border with Binoculars in Lieu of Wall." The Borowitz Report always favors the left and mocks the right. Further, The New Yorker provides original, in-depth journalistic reporting such as this: "Four Women Accuse New York's Attorney General of Physical Abuse." The result of this investigation led to the Attorney General resigning just hours after The New Yorker published the story. In general, both wording and story selection tends to favor the left mostly.

    When it comes to sourcing, they typically utilize credible sources such as The New York TimesBoston.com,   The New Republic,   Vox,   Vanity Fair,   New York Daily News, and The Boston Globe.

    Editorially, The New Yorker usually endorses Democrats, such as Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election.

    A 2014 Pew Research Survey found that 77% of The New Yorker's audience is consistently or mostly liberal, 16% Mixed, and 6% consistently or mostly conservative. This indicates that a more liberal audience strongly prefers The New Yorker.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    New York Magazine

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize due to failed (albeit corrected) fact checks, ownership by Vox (also ⚠️ yellow-flagged due to a failed fact check), and past (albeit distant) ownership by the notorious disinformationist Rupert Murdoch, and former ownership by Henry R. Kravis.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate New York Magazine Left Biased based on wording and story selection that mostly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and correcting a known failed fact check.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1968, New York Magazine is an American bi-weekly magazine featuring politics, New York City life, culture, finance, entertainment, fashion, and food. New York Magazine is based in New York City. The parent company, New York Media, features digital brands including Vulture (movies, TV, music), The Cut (style-and-culture), Grub Street (food and restaurants), The Strategist (shopping), and New York (news and politics). NYmag.com serves as a portal for these websites, with some having their own independent URLs.

    Graphic Artists Milton Glaser and journalist Clay Felker founded New York Magazine, which Rupert Murdoch eventually acquired in 1976. In 2003, the Wall Street investment banker Bruce Wasserstein acquired New York Magazine for $55 million and brought Adam Moss in as its editor. New York Magazine has earned many National Magazine Awards under his leadership. In 2009, after Bruce Wasserstein's death, his daughter Pamela Wasserstein became the company's chief executive officer and ran it through a family trust. In January 2019, Pam Wasserstein announced that David Haskell would succeed Adam Mossas editor-in-chief of the company; also, New York Media has named Avi Zimak as its new chief revenue officer and publisher. Avi Zimak takes over for Larry Burstein.

    Funded by / Ownership

  • [NYTimes.com, 2019-09-24] Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine, Chronicler of the Highbrow and Lowbrow.

  • New York Magazine is owned by Vox, a digital publishing network founded by Jerome Armstrong,   Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas and based in Washington, D.C. According to a Nieman Foundation for Journalism article,  Vox Media had eight editorial brands and a custom advertising division. These are (sports-focused) SB Nation, (tech site) The Verge, (real estate blog) Curbed, (food and nightlife) Eater, (technology news) Racked, (news hub) Vox.com, and (technology business) Recode. However, in 2019 they merged with New York Media, adding The Cut,   Vulture, and others. Further, a The New York Time article dated 2015 states that NBC Universal, which Comcast Corporation owns, invested $200 Million in Vox MediaNew York Magazine is subscription-based and serves online advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, New York Magazine publishes articles with emotionally loaded headlines such as ","  "The Green New Deal Is a Bad Idea, Not Just a Botched Rollout," and "AOC Thinks Concentrated Wealth Is Incompatible With Democracy. So Did Our Founders."  New York Magazine typically utilizes credible sources such as The Washington Post,   Bloomberg News,   The New York Time,   MarketWatch,   The Hill, and Politico.

    Editorially, New York Magazine does not publish many political op-eds; however, when they do, they almost always favor the left, such as this: "Limbaugh Pretty Sure That The Late Show's New Hire Means Civil War." Further, New York Magazine does not endorse political candidates.

    Failed Fact Checks

    A factual search reveals that New York Magazine has failed two fact checks by an IFCN Fact Checker. However, they corrected both articles, which complies with High factual standards.


    New York Post

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources - due to associations with Rupert Murdoch [Fox News, etc.] and disreputable content (fake news).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall we rate the New York Post on the far end of Right-Center Biased due to story selection that typically favors the Right and Mixed (borderline questionable) for factual reporting based on several failed fact checks.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER  | Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    ... In 1976, Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corp, acquired the New York Post, and in 1988, Murdoch sold the paper to Real estate developer Peter S. Kalikow. When Kalikow lost the paper to bankruptcy in 1993, Rupert Murdoch again purchased the paper and continues to own it today. Since Murdoch took over the paper, The New York Post has been known for its over-the-top sensational headlines.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The New York Post is currently owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, which owns many conservative/sensational media outlets around the world. The paper is funded through advertising, subscriptions, and newsstand sales.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the New York Post tends to publish stories utilizing sensationalized headlines with emotionally loaded wording such as "Cop cold-cocks unarmed man 'acting irate' at restaurant," and "It's time for Bill Clinton to take a walk in the Chappaqua woods." The New York Post also republishes news from other sources, such as the least biased The Associated Press. More stories favor the right, but the New York Post does not shy away from reporting negative coverage of the right if it is a big story. They also tend to source their information properly; however, many times, the headline misleadingly exaggerates the actual story they are reporting.

    Editorially, The New York Post has endorsed the Republican Party Presidential Candidate in every race since 1980. However, in 2016 they did not offer an endorsement for the Presidential election to either candidate.

    According to an LA Times article, the New York Post is reported to be U.S. President Donald Trump's preferred newspaper, which maintains frequent contact with Rupert Murdoch. The New York Post, According to a survey conducted by Pace University in 2004, was rated the least credible major news outlet in New York. The New York Post has been criticized since the beginning of Murdoch's ownership for "sensationalism, blatant advocacy, and conservative bias."

    Failed Fact Checks

    Mostly FALSE: Ted Cruz 'same senator who once supported a ban on sex toys' - Mostly False

    Newly Discovered Planet Could Destroy Earth Any Day Now - FALSE

    Hillary Clinton Regularly Had Her Maid Print Classified Documents - UNPROVEN

    PS 169 Pledge of Allegiance and Holiday Ban Controversy - Mostly FALSE

    'New York Post' op-ed rebuts starving children claim that was never made - PANTS ON FIRE [liar]

    Hours after signing an executive order on Jan. 20, 2021, U.S. President Joe Biden violated his own mask mandate. - FALSE

    Migrant children being sheltered in Long Beach, California, were each given a copy of Vice President Kamala Harris' children's book by the Biden administration. - FALSE


    New York Times, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • Wikipedia

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The New York Times Left-Center biased based on word and story selection that moderately favors the left but highly factual and considered one of the most reliable sources for news information due to proper sourcing and well-respected journalists/editors. The failed fact checks that occurred were on Op-Ed's and not straight news reporting.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • [CBC.ca, 2022-01-06] The New York Times to purchase sports news site The Athletic for $US550M.  Deal expected to close in 1st quarter of 2022; sports outlet to operate seperately.

  • Steven Donziger:

  • [Salon.com, 2020-10-23] New York Times nailed for publishing Republican propaganda - yet again. Two supposedly "average" voters in a Times story turn out to be hardcore Republican<<. And it's happened before.


  • New Tang Dynasty Television  |  NTD  |  NTD.com

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD).  New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD, Chinese: 新唐人電視臺) is a multilingual American television broadcaster, founded by Falun Gong practitioners, based in New York City. The station [NTD] was founded in 2001 as a Chinese-language broadcaster, but has since expanded its language offerings. NTD retains a focus on mainland China in its news broadcasts.


  • NNDB [defunct]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

    NNDB  |  Wikipedia  [owner, Soylent Communications, redirects here]

    NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)

    NNDB mostly exists to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious. A person's otherwise inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining the crowd that person has been associating with.

    The Adobe Flash-based "NNDB Mapper " [mapper.nndb.com (dead link, 2020-09-01)] is a visual tool for exploring the connections between people in NNDB, linking them together through family relations, corporate boards, movies and TV, political alliances, and shadowy conspiracy groups. Maps can be saved and shared for others to explore.


    North99.org

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  Potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • See main article:  North99.org.

  • North99 is an independent political movement that supports and opposes candidates based on their commitment or opposition to progressive principles

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate North99 Left Biased for story selection that always favors the left, and Mixed for factual reporting due to a few failed fact checks and misleading context of article headlines."

  • Factual Reporting: MIXED

  • History

    According to their About page "North99 is a progressive media network for the many, not the few. Our contributors and supporters include progressive people across Canada united by a concern about rising inequality and the increasing influence of the far-right." A whois search reveals the domain was purchased in August of 2017.

    Funded by / Ownership

    North99 is a non-profit funded through individual donations. The website claims they do not accept donations from corporations, but rather only from individual donors. The website does not list who owns North99, however, the non-profit registration lists Geoff Sharpe as the Director.

    Analysis / Bias

    North99 is a combination between a media source and an activist portal. The news reported always favors the left and uses loaded language such as this: "Voter Fraud, Illegal Fundraising, Racism - A Timeline of Every Doug Ford Ontario Election Controversy." Essentially, the sole purpose of the website is to discredit right-wing politicians and policy in Canada. News articles are reasonably sourced to mainstream media outlets.

    Failed Fact Checks

    A factual search reveals that North99 has failed a few fact checks. However, they corrected some errors when discovered. Further, on 7/23/2019, the CBC published an article demonstrating North99 using misleading online petitions, and again on 12/5/2019, they published another false claim resulting in a downgrade to "Mixed factual."


    NPR (National Public Radio)

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate NPR (National Public Radio) Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans slightly left and Very High for factual reporting due to thorough sourcing and very accurate news reporting.


  • Observer, The

  • See also; The Guardian.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Observer UK Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to several failed fact checks.


  • One America News Network [OAA | OANN]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  One America News Network is a notorious far-right cable channel prominent for promoting falsehoods and conspiracy theories.


    Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • Disambiguation: not to be confused with Centre for Economic Policy Research (British registered charity).

  • Wikipedia

  • Project: Revolving Door Project

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) Left-Center biased based on political policy that favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH


    Center for Media and Democracy (CMD)

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; funding controversies; ... - carefully scrutinize.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a progressive nonprofit watchdog and advocacy organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. The CMD publishes PR Watch  (PRWatch.org),  SourceWatch.org, and ALECexposed.org  [see also:  American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)].

    History

    The CMD was founded in 1993 by progressive writer John Stauber in Madison, Wisconsin. Lisa Graves is the former President of CMD. Author Sheldon Rampton was formerly an editor of PR Watch (CMD's investigative reporting website).

  • Lisa Graves is a progressive activist who is senior fellow and former executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Lisa Graves served in this role from 2009 to 2017, when she became President of True North Research, and co-Director of DocumentedInvestigations.org. Graves also serves on the advisory board of "UnKoch" [UnKochMyCampus.org  |  see also: Charles Koch,   Koch Family Foundations].

  • Note also Lisa Graves' Koch Docs project.

  • CMD has investigated and reported on donor-advised funds, referring to such donations as a form of "dark money". According to the Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin, CMD is a recipient of donor-advised funds via the Schwab Charitable Fund.

  • See also, re: donor-advised funds:  DonorsTrust  |  Fidelity Charitable  |  Philanthropy Roundtable  |  Tides Foundation  |  ...

  • [ ... snip ... ]

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  o verall, we rate the Center for Media and Democracy Left Biased based on editorial positions that always favor the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

  • History

    Founded in 1993 by John Stauber, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a non-partisan progressive watchdog group led by Lisa Graves. CMD manages this website and SourceWatch.org [>> πŸ›‘-flagged]. As noted on 's sister site, PR Watch, CMD "strengthens participatory democracy by investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda such as corporate greenwashing, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism." CMD also manages the BanksterUSA website. Some contend that CMD is not neutral. CMD has been criticized for having an anti-corporate viewpoint.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Center for Media and Democracy is a nonprofit that is funded through donations. They claim on their About page that "We accept no funding from for-profit corporations or grants from administrative agencies." However, they do list funding from numerous left-leaning foundations such as George Soros'   Open Society Foundations,   The Ford Foundation, and the Tides Foundation.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the CMD website covers news with a strong left-leaning bias. Headlines and articles contain loaded emotional wording such as this: Massachusetts Law Could Blunt the Effect of Janus's Attack on Unions. Though biased, this story is properly sourced to The Boston Globe,   SourceWatch.org and United States .gov websites. Story selection often favors workers rights and fighting climate change with again proper sourcing of information. In general, story selection and op-eds favor the progressive left.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Center for Public Integrity

  • See also: International Consortium of Investigative Journalists  (ICIJ;  entry below). In 1997, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) launched the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (main page). This international network, based in Washington, D.C., includes over 200 investigative reporters in over 90 countries and territories.

  • Wikipedia entry, 2021-12-17.


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) Left-Center Biased based on story selection and advocacy that favors mostly liberal positions. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is one of the country's oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations with a mission "to serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism." With over 50 staff members, the CPI is one of the largest nonprofit investigative centers in America. The Center for Public Integrity releases its reports via its website to media outlets throughout the U.S. and around the globe. The Center for Public Integrity won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative ReportingPulitzer Prize in 2014.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Center for Public Integrity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded through donations and grants from foundations such as the Carnegie Corporation,   Leonardo Di Caprio Foundation   [redirects to / now: Re:Wild  (ReWild.org), and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. CPI discloses their largest donors here.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the Center for Public Integrity publishes in-depth journalistic research into corruption involving social and political issues. Topics tend to lean left with a focus on campaign finance, support for immigration, and workers' rights. The website reports news with moderate to minimally loaded language such as this: "A PATCHWORK OF ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS DON'T PROTECT LGBTQ WORKERS." This story is appropriately sourced to Supreme Court of the United States documents and Politico. When it comes to reporting on the current administration, the Center for Public Integrity have a negative tone regarding the Trump administration as evidenced by this: "NUMBER OF ICE DETAINEES WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD RISES SHARPLY, DEFYING TRUMP RHETORIC." This story is also perfectly sourced.

    Editorially, the CPI favors liberal policies and denigrates the conservative agenda. For example, the left-leaning Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting has described CPI as "progressive" - as has the Los Angeles Times, who have described the Center for Public Integrity as "Liberal."

    Failed Fact Checks

    A factual search reveals the Center for Public Integrity has not failed a fact check.


    OpenSecrets.org [The Center for Responsive Politics]

    Superb!

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets) Least Biased and Very High for fact factual reporting due to excellent sourcing of information and being an official source for fact-checkers.


  • Ottawa Citizen

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to Postmedia Network's history of anti-transgender bias, American part-ownership, declining financials, ties to United States Republican Party and support of Donald Trump, ...

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Ottawa Citizen Right-Center biased based on some favoritism toward right-leaning politics and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.


  • Penske Media Corporation

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to ownership by the Penske Media Corporation- noting particularly this report:

  • Wikipedia


  • PolitiFact.com [Poynter Institute]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly sources due to concern over funding to the Poynter Institute from the notoriously neoliberal billionaire Charles Koch and left-wing billionaire George Soros. PolitiFact was founded by the Tampa Bay Times, which is a for-profit new organization owned by the non-profit Poynter Institute, a preeminent journalism training organization.

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Politifact Left-Center Biased based on fact checks that tend to be more favorable for the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting and a credible fact-checker that is not without bias.


  • Politico

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to Politico's content partnership with the South China Morning Post. Of additional concern, Politico was acquired by Axel Springer SE in 2021-10. Axel Springer SE is majority owned by KKR & Co. Inc. - which was co-founded by Republican Donald Trump supporter Henry Kravis. When KKR owned New York Magazine [now owned by Vox Media], Henry Kravis interfered in the editorial operation of that magazine (New York Magazine).  Axel Springer SE / Henry Kravis also owns Business Insider.

  • Additional concern: media ownership by Axel Springer, which has minority stakeholder ownership of Group Nine Media, Inc. - thus associated with the Vox Media ecosystem via Vox Media's of 2021-12 purchase of Group Nine.

  • See also: Axios.


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Politico Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Popular Information [Popular.info]

  • Wikipedia entry, 2021-10-27.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Popular Information Left Biased based on story selection and editorial content that routinely favors liberal causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Postmedia Network [Canada]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to Postmedia Network's history of anti-transgender bias, American part-ownership, declining financials, ties to United States Republican Party and support of Donald Trump, ...

  • EXCLUDED πŸ›‘ POSTMEDIA NETWORK PUBLICATIONS:


  • Wikipedia, 2020-09-18:

  • [CBC.ca, 2022-02-18] Telegraph-Journal, other Irving-owned N.B. newspapers to be sold to PostmediaBrunswick News Inc. is being sold for $7.5M in cash and $8.6M in variable voting shares of Postmedia Network.


  • Poynter Institute for Media Studies ["Poynter Institute"]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly sources due to concern over funding from the notoriously neoliberal billionaire Charles Koch and left-wing billionaire George Soros.

  • See also:

  • Main article.

  • The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a non-profit journalism school and research organization located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The school is the owner of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and the International Fact-Checking Network  (IFCN).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Poynter Institute Least Biased based on low emotional reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    The Poynter Institute for Media Studies  [Poynter] is a non-profit school for journalism located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The school is the owner of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. The school began on May 29, 1975, and offers courses for journalists and students. The website was launched in 1999.

    In 2015, the institute launched the International Fact-Checking Network  (IFCN) dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide to support the growing number of initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in the field. The current President is Neil Brown.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The website is owned by the non-profit Poynter Institute for Media Studies. They are funded through tuition and donations. The website discloses donors who give over $50,000, including a diversified list such as the right-leaning Charles Koch Foundation and the left-leaning George Soros-backed Open Society Foundations.

    Poynter's Top Funding Sources

  • Source for the following section: Poynter.org/major-funders/, 2021-09  |  local copy, 2021-10-20

  • Last Updated: Sept. 2021

    The Poynter Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit global leader in journalism, serving democracy through the teaching, practice, promotion and advocacy of ethical, independent reporting for all. We are the home of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, as well as three fact-checking enterprises - the International Fact-Checking Network, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, and MediaWise [Poynter InstitutePoynter Institute description, Wikipedia].

    We rely on support from several funding sources who value the essential role of the free press in our society, including corporate partners, philanthropic foundations, government agencies and individual donors. We prize our reputation for teaching and journalistic excellence, developed over more than four decades. To protect that reputation, we retain complete independent control over our editorial content, and teaching programs. Regardless of the funding model, Poynter's faculty and staff have final authority over our work, as outlined in our Ethics Policy.

    While all gifts, no matter the size, help us fulfill our mission, we consider contributions of $50,000 or more as significant funding sources that should be revealed to the public. Sources are organized by area of support and listed alphabetically.

    Gifts & Grants to Support Quality Journalism

    Gifts help advance and preserve journalism's role in democracy by supporting relevant programs that set the standards for the industry's future. Together, we are improving the quality of journalism by investing in our programs that strengthen and sustain local news, elevate diverse voices in newsrooms and connect journalists and the citizens they serve.

  • Charles Koch Institute. Accelerating the careers of emerging journalists across the country through yearlong programs including Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship, and Poynter College Media Project.

  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Elevating discourse and fact-based expression while battling disinformation and bias at The Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership

  • Gannett Foundation. Transforming the careers of hundreds of women in news media and tech through the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Media.

  • Gill Foundation. Providing unrestricted support to make good journalism better.

  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Expanding fact-checking training worldwide with the International Fact-Checking Network, serving more than 20 countries including Tunisia, Chile, Sri Lanka, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Fiji, Pakistan and Myanmar.

  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Providing local newsrooms with transformational change consulting.

  • Lumina Foundation. Helping journalists tell more impactful stories through topical training.

  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Teaching journalists how to improve jails and policing coverage.

  • Newton & Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust. Supporting journalistic excellence in a democratic society.

  • Rays Baseball Foundation. Providing sponsorship support at our annual gala for innovative programs that strengthen reporting.

  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Improving diversity and inclusion in news organizations to better serve audiences nationwide.

  • TEGNA Foundation. Providing access and resources to our high school journalism programs.

  • The Washington Post. Training journalists of color working in digital media to thrive, professionally and personally, through the Leadership Academy for Diversity in Media.

  • Organizational Training & Newsroom Consulting Clients

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    Support for Content & Training to Strengthen Media Literacy

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  • 2019 IRS Form 990

  • 2018 IRS Form 990

  • Analysis / Bias

    In review, the Poynter website features news related to the press and news industry. Headlines utilize mild to moderate loaded emotional language such as this: "Across the world, politicians promote conspiracy theories to get ahead." This story is properly sourced to scientific studies as well as the Least Biased ReutersPoynter also established the International Fact-Checking Networksp (IFCN), which established a code of principles for fact-checking. In order to be a signatory of the IFCN, a media source must apply and adhere to its guidelines. Further, Poynter owns the fact-checker Politifact, which is also a part of the IFCN. In general, Poynter reports news with low bias and proper sourcing.

    Failed Fact Checks

    A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check. However, in May of 2019, Poynter published an article called UnNews, which listed 515 media sources deemed unreliable. This article was met with criticism due to the list containing some biased but credible sources. Within two days, Poynter  retracted the article and issued an apology. Media Bias Fact Check covered this story, which you can read here.


    Post Millennial, The [Canada]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

    The Post Millennial publishes national and local news and has a large amount of opinion content. The Post Millennial has been criticized for releasing misinformation and articles written by fake personas, for past employment of an editor with ties to white supremacist-platforming and pro-Kremlin media outlets, and for opaque funding and political connections.

    DESPITE the conclusions from MediaBiasFactCheck.com, given the highly disconcerting Wikipedia entry and other media (web) reports, it is concluded that "The Post Millennial" is an internet trolling, disinformation site.

  • [FreshDaily.ca, 2020-09-08] Here's what you need to know about the "Hugs Over Masks" groups in Canada.  |  local copy (html, captured 2020-10-19)


  • PressProgress | PressProgress.ca [Canada]

  • Wikipedia, 2022-02-07:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Press Progress Left Biased based on story selection and wording that consistently favors the left and High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH

    History

    Founded in 2013, Press Progress is an online news and analysis website, which is a project of the Broadbent Institute that seeks to provide an online Progressive Political news source. According to their about page "Our work focuses on investigative reporting, fact-checking and keeping tabs on issues that don't get enough attention. We aim to break original stories that Canada's big news outlets miss and advance stories on issues that matter to our progressive readership."

    Funded by / Ownership

    Press Progress is owned by the Broadbent Institute, which a Canadian progressive and social democratic think tank. It was founded by Ed Broadbent in 2011. Press Progress is funded through donations.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Press Progress reports news and opinions that are favorable to the left. There is the frequent use of loaded language that favors the left such as this: "10 Cruel and Unusual Ways Doug Ford Has Made Life Worse 'For the People' of Ontario Since Last Year's Election." This story is appropriately sourced to credible outlets such as the Toronto Star,   CBC, and the National Post. In general, story selection always favors the left and denigrates the right through the use of emotional language such as this: "Conservative Witness for 'Online Hate' Hearing Was a Recent Guest on a White Nationalist's YouTube Channel." This story is also properly sourced to credible media outlets, though the wording is emotional.

    A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.


  • PressProgress.ca:

  • About PressProgress

    Organizational Structure

    Broadbent Institute

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:


  • [PressProgress.ca, 2022-07-14] PressProgress Joins Canada's National NewsMedia Council.  'This is another step that proves PressProgress takes its commitment to accuracy and responsible journalistic practices seriously'.


  • PR Newswire

  • Wikipedia, 2022-01-05:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2022-01-05:  overall, we rate PR Newswire Least Biased based on publishing press releases from various outfits. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    PR Newswire is a distributor of press releases based in New York City. PR Newswire was created in 1954 to allow companies to send press releases to news organizations electronically. According to PR Newswire's about page, their network reaches nearly 3,000 newsrooms, like The New York Times,   ABC News,   BuzzFeed, and more. PR Newswire sends content to more than 550 news content systems like Moody's  [Moody's Investors Service], SmartBrief  [In 2019-07 Future plc acquired SmartBrief - a digital media publisher of targeted business news and information - for an initial sum of $45 million.],  LexisNexis, and McGraw-Hill  [McGraw Hill Education].

    Funded by / Ownership

    Platinum Equity, LLC owns PR Newswire after purchasing Cision Ltd. (though Cision is still listed on the website as of this Media Bias Fact Check review in 2021). Revenue is derived through subscriptions to the service to publish press releases.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, primarily, PR Newswire collects press releases from companies and organizations and then republishes them without alteration. Although they publish press releases from left-biased and right-biased organizations, they do not select or favor releases. Besides publishing press releases, PR Newswire publishes content geared toward helping companies market their brands. In general, PR Newswire remains neutral and publishes press releases without bias. While the press releases may be questionable, PR Newswire is a credible source for press releases without alteration.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    ProPublica

  • See also: The Markup.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Propublica Left-Center biased based on story selection that favors the left and factually High due to proper sourcing and evidence-based reporting.


  • Project Veritas

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  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Project Veritas Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of misleading videos and several failed fact checks.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2010, Project Veritas was created by James Edward O'Keefe III, an American conservative political activist. He produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters, some selectively edited to imply its subjects said things they did not, with figures and workers in academic, governmental, and social service organizations, purporting to show abusive or allegedly illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. Project Veritas primarily targets liberals and liberal organizations.

    In April 2021, Project Veritas was permanently suspended by Twitter for violating its "platform manipulation and spam policy," suggesting he was operating multiple accounts in an unsanctioned way. O'Keefe has already announced that he will sue the company for defamation as he claims to have only one account.

    History

    Founded in 2010, Project Veritas was created by James Edward O'Keefe III, an American conservative political activist. He produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters, some selectively edited to imply its subjects said things they did not, with figures and workers in academic, governmental, and social service organizations, purporting to show abusive or allegedly illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. Project Veritas primarily targets liberals and liberal organizations.

    In April 2021, Project Veritas was permanently suspended by Twitter for violating its "platform manipulation and spam policy," suggesting he was operating multiple accounts in an unsanctioned way. O'Keefe has already announced that he will sue the company for defamation as he claims to have only one account.

    Funded by / Ownership

    James O'Keefe owns project Veritas. Funding primarily comes from donations. However, most of these donations come from the DonorsTrust. The purpose of the Donor's Trust Fund is to "safeguard the intent of libertarian and conservative donors." In other words, it allows the source to receive funds without disclosing who they come from ["dark money"]. Needless to say, most funding for Project Veritas comes from conservative and libertarian organizations.

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    Quanta Magazine

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Quanta Magazine a low-biased Pro-Science source that is Very High in factual reporting.

  • Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE  |  Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2012, Quanta Magazine is a hard science news site founded by the Simons Foundation and focused on recent advances in physics, mathematics, biology, and computer science. As their About page states, "Illuminating basic science and math research through public service journalism."

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Simons Foundation owns and publishes Quanta Magazine. Advertising and an online store generate revenue.

    Analysis / Bias

    Quanta Magazine takes complex subjects and presents them so that laypeople can understand without simplifying the subject matter or sacrificing the basic content. The articles on Quanta Magazine are well written, factual, well-sourced, and authored by experts in their respective fields. Headlines are presented with minimal bias and explain the content of the articles, such as this: "Turing Patterns Turn Up in a Tiny Crystal."

    Editorially, they rarely publish anything political and stick to science.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Quillette [Australia]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  Homophobia; transphobia; anti-theism; misogyny; pseudo-science (climate change denial); racism; ...

  • See also main article: Quillette

  • Quillette is favored by several homophobic British Columbia Liberal Party members, as well as neoliberal luddites in Alberta, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's  United Conservative Party; e.g.:

  • Transphobe Jonathan Kay, the Canadian editor for Quillette, was formerly a blogger for the National Post. Transphobic collusion among { National Post | Quillette | Jonathan Kay } manifests in the following disingenuous "debate" - which somehow involves Jonathan Kay defending Meghan Murphy.

  • Transphobic trolls Meghan Murphy, and Jordan Peterson have both written for Quillette


  • rabble.ca [Canada]

  • See main entry:  rabble.ca

  • Raw Story, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to tabloid journalism, and other concerns (below).

  • Website: RawStory.com
  • Wikipedia
  • See also:  AlterNet

  • Salon republishes some content from: AlterNet  |  Raw Story  |  ...

  • The Raw Story (also stylized as RawStory) is an American online tabloid founded in 2004 by John K. Byrne. It covers current national and international political events and publishes its own editorials which tend to advocate for progressive positions. The Raw Story is a news site, bringing attention to stories that it sees as downplayed or ignored by other media outlets. It is owned by Raw Story Media, Inc.

    Citation in other media

    The Raw Story has been reported on and featured in The New York Times, The Guardian,   LA Weekly, the New York Post, the The Toronto StarThe Hill,   Rolling Stone, The Advocate, Roll Call, and Mother Jones. With an average 10.7 million readers per month (2015), the site is described by Newsweek as, "Muck, raked: If you're looking for alleged GOP malfeasance, the folks at RawStory.com are frequently scooping the mainstream media."

    On August 4, 2008, the Online News Association announced that RawStory.com was a finalist in the 2008 Online Journalism awards in the "Investigative, Small Site" category for the story, "The permanent Republican majority," about improper partisan influence in the prosecution of former Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama.

    The website's original reporting has also been referenced by MSNBC's Ed Schultz and Lawrence O'Donnell, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. It was also referenced in 2011 by The Telegraph [The Daily Telegraph] newspaper, as being the news website that first revealed a contract had been awarded to Ntrepid by United States Central Command as part of Operation Earnest Voice, intended to deploy operatives to create fake online personas abroad.

    Management

    According to the site's masthead, as of July 2018, the editor and publisher is Roxanne Cooper. Other editors include Eric W. Dolan, managing editor, and senior editors David Edwards, Travis Gettys, Martin Cizmar, Tana Ganeva and Sarah Burris.

    Raw Story Media, Inc.

    Raw Story is wholly owned by Raw Story Media, Inc.

  • John K. Byrne - founder, chairman and CEO, partner; and,

  • Michael Rogers - vice chairman and managing director, partner.

  • Raw Story partners John K. Byrne and Michael Rogers announced on April 2, 2018, that they had acquired AlterNet via a newly created company "AlterNet Media." Byrne stated, "AlterNet will continue to carry content from the Independent Media Institute, its prior owner, and former AlterNet writers may appear with Independent Media Institute bylines.


    On 2018-04-09, it was announced that AlterNet was acquired by owners of Raw Story, an online news organization, under the newly created company AlterNet Media. In an online statement, Raw Story founder John K. Byrne stated, "AlterNet will continue to carry content from the Independent Media Institute, its prior owner. Thus, much of the content you expect will remain the same. You will see articles by former AlterNet writers appearing with the  Independent Media Institute byline."  [Source: Wikipedia, 2021-10-15.]



    MediaBiasFactCheck, captured 2020-09-09.  Factual Reporting: MIXED


    Real News Network

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Real News Network (TRNN) Left biased based on story selection that favors the left but with minimally loaded wording. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.


    Rebel News [Canada]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  Notorious conspiracy, disinformation and troll site similar to Breitbart News.

  • See:  Rebel News

  • Notable associations:


  • The Register

  • website  |  Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: overall, we rate The Register Least Biased based on minimal editorializing. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1994, The Register is a British Technology news and opinion site based in London, U.K. The Register was founded by Mike Magee, John Lettice, and Ross Alderson and published by Situation Publishing Ltd. The Register provides news coverage related to software, hardware, networking, science, tech culture, and IT.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Situation Publishing Ltd. owns and publishes The Register. Advertising generates revenue.

    Analysis / Bias

    The Register publishes news related to software, hardware, networking, science, tech culture, and IT. They utilize minimally loaded words in their articles, and they do present low biased coverage of science news and source verifiable credible sources.

    Editorially, they have regular columnists who produce opinion pieces that usually stay away from politics. In general, they are considered least biased and could also fit into the pro-science category.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Regnery Publishing

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  Notorious conspiracy theory, disinformation site, owned by Salem Media Group.

  • See: Salem Media Group subentry, this page.

  • See also main article: Regnery Publishing.


  • Responsible Statecraft

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to funding of Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, launched 2019-11 with funding that included half a million dollars each from the Open Society Foundations  (George Soros) and the Koch Foundation  (Charles Koch).

  • ResponsibleStatecraft.org: About;  "Responsible Statecraft is the online magazine of the Quincy Institute for Responsible StatecraftResponsible Statecraft publishes outside contributors and reporters as well as staff analysis, opinion, and news to promote a positive, non-partisan vision of U.S. foreign policy - and the ideologies and interests behind them - that have mired the United States in counterproductive and endless wars and made the world less secure. ..."

  • Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

  • Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft

  • Formation: 2019  |  Type: 501(c)(3) organization  |  Tax ID no.: 84-2285143  |  Website; QuincyInst.org

  • The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft is a U.S. think tank founded in 2019 and located in Washington, D.C., named after former U.S. president   John Quincy Adams. It has been described as " realist" and advocating for "restraint" in U.S. foreign policy.

    History

    Initial funding for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, in November 2019-11, includes half a million dollars each from the Open Society Foundations  (George Soros) and the Koch Foundation  (Charles Koch).

    The think tank (Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft) is named after U.S. President John Quincy Adams, who as Secretary of State said, in a speech on 1821-07-04, that the U.S. "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy." The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft has been described as " realist" and advocating for "restraint" in orientation.

    David Klion writes: "Quincy's founding members say again and again that 9/11 and the Iraq War were turning points in their careers."

    The Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft has been described as having significant agreements with the foreign policy of the Trump administration.

    Criticism

    Writing in Survival - the journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies - international relations experts Daniel Deudney and John Ikenberry criticized the "restraints" that the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft advocates for as "outdated" and "misplaced." They find that the Quincy Institute is unaware of great power competition, and how it has changed since the early 2000s post-Cold War moment. Daniel Deudney and John Ikenberry argue that the Quincy Institute discards liberal internationalism, even though it would offer a more historically effective basis for institution-based restraint, than transactional agreements between states supported by the geopolitical restraint school [restraint of trade, a common law doctrine relating to the enforceability of contractual restrictions on freedom to conduct business. It is a precursor of modern competition law.].

    In 2020-01, Republican   U.S. Senator   Tom Cotton accused the Quincy Institute of antisemitism, describing the Quincy Institute as an "isolationist, blame America First money pit for so-called scholars who've written that American foreign policy could be fixed if only it were rid of the malign influence of Jewish money." Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft president Andrew Bacevich described Tom Cotton's claim as "absurd."

    The Jerusalem Post identified a number of fellows of the Quincy Institute who have been controversial due to their comments on Israel and Jews, including Lawrence Wilkerson,   Stephen Walt, and John MearsheimerEugene Kontorovich has said many Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft scholars singled out Jews and Israel for "special opprobrium" [opprobrium: disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct].

    According to an 2021-04 Tablet article, Quincy Institute fellows have taken public positions denying the Uyghur genocide.

    Co-founders

    According to the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, its co-founding leaders include:

  • Andrew Bacevich, President

  • Eli Clifton  [local copy], Senior Advisor

  • Suzanne DiMaggio  [local copy  |  spouse: Ben Allison, American double bassist, composer, producer, bandleader, educator], Chairman

  • Trita Parsi, Executive Vice President

  • Stephen Wertheim  [local copy]


  • Reuters

  • Wikipedia  |  Controversies

  • See also:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Reuters Least Biased based on objective reporting and Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information with minimal bias and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    Funded by / Ownership

    In April 2008, the British company Reuters Group was acquired by Thomson Corporation and formed Thomson Reuters. Reuters is the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, which is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals and is owned by The Woodbridge Company Limited - a Canadian private holding company based in Toronto and the principal and controlling shareholder (62.35% of common shares) of Thomson Reuters, and is the principal and controlling shareholder of Reuters - see Fact Book 2017 (pg 83) and Annual Report 2017. The chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters is James (Jim) C. Smith, and the chairman is David Thomson, who is also a Chairman of The Woodbridge Company Limited.

    Analysis / Bias

    In 2018, Reuters was named the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes on international reporting for exposing the methods of police killing squads in Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and for feature photography documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh. ...

    Failed Fact Checks

    Reuters is a certified IFCN Fact-Checker.


    Revolving Door Project

  • Project of: The Center for Economic and Policy Research

  • theRevolvingDoorProject.org

  • "The Revolving Door Project (RDP), a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), scrutinizes executive branch appointees to ensure they use their office to serve the broad public interest, rather than to entrench corporate power or seek personal advancement.

    "Many of the deep rules that govern our rigged economy are written within the executive branch and outside the purview of most of civil society. From the semi-independent bureaus of the Treasury Department (the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the IRS) to the Federal Reserve, OMB, FTC, and beyond, executive branch personnel play a significant role in determining the fundamental rules that govern our economy.

    "The Revolving Door Project educates civil society in order to counteract the advantage that Wall Street and corporate America have in this rule writing process. We do this by alerting and educating the media and activists when hardworking people are being taken advantage of and clarifying by whom. If we want the executive branch to write rules that structure the economy away from rent extraction and in the direction of greater economic equality, we need to ensure the right people hold key executive branch positions like the Treasury Secretary and SEC Commissioner. The executive branch needs to empower dedicated civil servants rather than self-interested people rotating between relatively short stints in government and longer stints in the very industries they're supposed to regulate."


    Rewire News Group

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Rewire News Group Left Biased based on reporting and policy positions that almost always favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Rewire News Group is a website focused on reproductive and sexual health from a pro-reproductive rights perspective. The website began as a UN Foundation blog in 2006 and became its own nonprofit organization in January 2012. The publication focuses on reproductive and sexual health from a pro-reproductive rights perspective. It also covers issues such as racial, environmental, immigration, and economic justice. According to their about page "We publish news, analysis, and investigative reporting created by professional journalists, editors, and multimedia experts. We also offer vigorous commentary, debate, and opinion rooted in fact and considered thinking."

    The current President and editor is Galina Espinoza.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Rewire.news is a nonprofit organization that is funded through donations.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Rewire News Group primarily covers reproductive news with moderately loaded words such this: Telemedicine Abortion Is Safe, No Matter What Anti-Choice Lawmakers Claim. This story is properly sourced to medical journals as well as the think tank Guttmacher Institute and Amnesty International. Other stories cover economic justice such as this: "Trump's Newest Plan for SNAP Would Trap Workers in Poverty." Again, this is sourced properly to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. When it comes to science they support the consensus on climate change. In general, Rewire News Group reports news with a strong left-leaning political bias but properly sources their information to factual content.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Ricochet.com

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • "Ricocet.com"  ["dot com"] is an online disinformation source that includes content and discussion (e.g.) associated with the disinformation troll Mark Steyn.

  • Wikipedia entry.


  • Ricochet.media

  • Ricochet.media

  • Ricochet.media  ["dot media"] is a high quality, reputable Canadian news site.

  • Ricochet.media: About

    We practise public-interest journalism.

    Media concentration, layoffs, advertising so pervasive it becomes the content: the world of journalism is in crisis. Ricochet is an audacious response to a difficult context. Independent, dedicated to investigative journalism and incisive opinion, Ricochet seeks to illuminate the cultural and political diversity within Canada.

    Ricochet is the product of collaboration between anglophones and francophones in a plurinational Canada, informed by an understanding of our colonial histories and supportive of contemporary Indigenous struggles. Bringing together English and French, Ricochet is composed of two distinct editions that maintain editorial independence.

    Crowdfunded and serving the public interest, Ricochet provides entirely free content, contrary to the current tendency to hide information behind paywalls. By supporting a new model of media, our readers are financing real independent journalism.

    Founded in 2014, Ricochet is a multiplatform news outlet, with offices in Vancouver and Montreal.

    Ricochet.media: Conflict Policy

    No editor may assign a story, and no journalist may cover one, in which they have a current personal or pecuniary interest. In the case of opinion writing, any current personal or pecuniary interest should be disclosed.

    Ricochet.media: Miscellany

  • [2020-09-08] Christopher Curtis: Why I'm quitting Postmedia Network to test a new model of journalism.  Award-winning journalist launches new reporting project with Ricochet


  • RT.com | RT (TV network)

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  RT.com (<< Wikipedia entry)

    RT (formerly Russia Today) is a Russian government-funded international television network directed to audiences outside of Russia, as well as providing internet content in English, Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian.

    Russia Today is a brand of "TV-Novosti," an "autonomous non-profit organization," founded by the Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, on 2005-04-06. During the economic crisis in 2008-12, the Russian government, headed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, included ANO "TV-Novosti" on its list of core organizations of strategic importance of Russia.

    Russia Today has been described as a propaganda outlet for the Russian government and its foreign policy. Russia Today has also been accused of spreading disinformation by news reporters, including some former Russia Today reporters. The U.K. media regulator, Ofcom, has repeatedly found Russia Today to have breached its rules on impartiality and on one occasion found it had broadcast "materially misleading" content. Russia Today's editor-in-chief compared it with the Russian Army and Defence Ministry and talked about it "waging the information war against the entire Western world." In 2017-09, RT America was ordered to register as a "foreign agent" with the United States Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Under the act, Russia Today is required to disclose financial information to the U.S.

    Max Blumenthal established and writes for theGrayZone.com - which purports to be an independent investigative journalism site, but is tainted by Max Blumenthal and his associations (e.g.) with RT.com, and other questionable journalistic practices (e.g.: anti-Zionism).

    Airing Conspiracy Theories

    A 2013 article in Der Spiegel noted that Russia Today "uses a chaotic mixture of conspiracy theories and crude propaganda," pointing to a program that "mutated" the Boston Marathon bombings into a U.S. government conspiracy.

    The launch of RT UK was the subject of much comment in the British press. In The Observer, accused the channel of spreading conspiracy theories and being a "prostitution of journalism" and in The Times, Oliver Kamm called on broadcast regulator Ofcom to act against this "den of deceivers."

    In 2015, Peter Pomerantsev in The Guardian accused RT.com of disinformation and of spreading conspiracy theories.

    Journalists at The Daily Beast and The Washington Post have noted that RT.com employs Tony Gosling, an exponent of long-discredited theories concerning the alleged control of the world by Illuminati and the Czarist antisemitic forgery "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

    For example, Russia Today broadcasts stories about microchips being implanted into office workers in the European Union to make them more "submissive"; about "majority" of Europeans supporting Russian annexation of Crimea; the European Union preparing "a form of genocide" against Russians; in Germany it falsely reported about a kidnapping of a Russian girl; that "NATO planned to store nuclear weapons in Eastern Europe"; that Hillary Clinton fell ill; it has also on many occasions misrepresented or invented statements from European leaders. In response to accusations of spreading fake news RT.com started its own "FakeCheck" project. The Poynter Institute conducted a content analysis of FakeCheck and concluded it "mixes some legitimate debunks with other scantily sourced or dubiously framed 'fact checks.'"

    A report by RAND called the RT.com strategy "a firehose of falsehood," where fake stories are distributed in "high-volume and multichanneel, rapid, continuous, and repetitive" with no regard to consistency, where the high volume makes them difficult to counter.

  • See also [theGuardian.com, 2017-11-29]:  24-hour Putin people: my week watching Kremlin 'propaganda channel' RT.com.  Formerly known as Russia Today, the channel gives airtime to pundits from left and right - many of them U.K. politicians. After a week watching its often surreal output, our writer asks himself: is this really the best Moscow can do?  |  local copy (html)


  • Rupert Murdoch's Media Holdings

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources (notoriously egregious disinformation source).

  • This section disambiguates Rupert Murdoch's media empire, which has undergone convoluted changes of ownership and rebranding - all of which are considered disinformation sources and are hence excluded as informational sources on Persagen.com. Per the notes below, present-day News Corp (established in 2013) owns Rupert Murdoch's print interests (e.g.: Sky News Australia  Sky News New Zealand; ...), and other media interests (including Fox News) are all excluded from Persagen.com.

  • The original incarnation of News Corporation (abbreviated News Corp.) was an American multinational mass media corporation operated and owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch and headquartered in New York City. Prior to its split in 2013, News Corporation was the world's fourth-largest media group in terms of revenue, and News Corporation had become a media powerhouse since its inception, almost dominating the news, television, film and print industries.

    On June 28, 2012, after concerns from shareholders in response to its recent scandals and to "unlock even greater long-term shareholder value", founder Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corporation's assets would be split into two publicly traded companies, one oriented towards media, and the other towards publishing. The corporate spin-off formally took place on June 28, 2013; where the present News Corp. was renamed 21st Century Fox and consists primarily of media outlets, while a new News Corp was formed to take on the publishing and Australian broadcasting assets.

    Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., doing business as 21st Century Fox (21CF), was an American multinational mass media corporation that was based in New York City. It was one of the two companies formed from the 2013 spin-off of the publishing assets of News Corporation, as founded by Rupert Murdoch in 1980 and operating until 2013. 21st Century Fox was the legal successor to News Corporation dealing primarily in the film and television industries. It was the United States' fourth-largest media conglomerate until its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company in 2019. The other company, the present-day News Corporation, holds Murdoch's print interests and other media assets in Australia (both owned by him and his family via a family trust with 39% interest in each). Murdoch was co-executive chairman, while his sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch were co-executive chairman and CEO, respectively.

    On July 27, 2018, 21st Century Fox shareholders agreed to sell the majority of its assets to Disney for $71.3 billion. The sale covered the majority of 21CF's entertainment assets, including 20th Century Fox, FX Networks, and National Geographic Partners among others. Following a bidding war with Fox, Sky plc (a British media group which Fox held a stake in) was acquired separately by Comcast Corporation, while Fox's FSN regional sports networks were sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group to comply with antitrust rulings. The remainder, consisting primarily of the Fox and MyNetworkTV networks, and Fox's national Broadcasting, Television Stations, news and sports operations, were spun out into a new company, Fox Corporation, which began trading on March 19, 2019. Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox was closed on March 20 after which the remaining 21st Century Fox's assets were scattered across the divisions of Disney.

    Thus, the successors to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. are Fox Corporation (U.S. broadcasting, news and national sports assets), and The Walt Disney Company (entertainment assets, cable networks and international networks). On 2017-12-14, The Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire most assets from 21st Century Fox, including 20th Century Fox, for $52.4 billion. The merger included many of Fox's entertainment assets - including filmed entertainment, cable entertainment, and direct broadcast satellite divisions in the U.K., Europe, and Asia - but excluded divisions such as the Fox Broadcasting CompanyFox Television Stations, the Fox News Channel, the Fox Business NetworkFox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, and the Big Ten Network, all of which were to be spun off into an independent company before the merger was complete (which eventually named Fox Corporation).

    The Fox Corporation (stylized in all-caps as the FOX Corporation) is an American mass media company operated and owned by Rupert Murdoch and headquartered in New York City. Fox Corporation was formed in 2019 as a result of the acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company; the assets that were not acquired by The Walt Disney Company were spun off from 21st Century Fox as the new Fox Corporation, and its stock began trading on January 1, 2019.

    Fox Corporation's divisions include the Fox Broadcasting Company,   Fox Television Stations,   [notorious disinformation source] Fox News,   Fox Business, the national operations of Fox Sports, and others.

    Fox Corporation's sister company under Rupert Murdoch's control - the present-day News Corp - holds Murdoch's print interests and other media assets.

    Present-day News Corp (established in 2013) owns Rupert Murdoch's print interests (e.g.: Sky News Australia  Sky News New Zealand; ...), and other media interests (including Fox News). All of those sources are excluded as informational sources for Persagen.com.

    Historically, the British media company Sky News (U.K.  |  Sky UK) has incurred criticism over the years, much of it centred on overcharging, anti-competitive practices, and the business practices and undue political influence of its one-time majority owner News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch's media company that existed from 1980 to 2013). In 2013 News Corporation's assets were split into two publicly traded companies 21st Century Fox (media), and the present-day News Corp (publishing).

    A 2016-12 attempt by 21st Century Fox failed to acquire the 61% share of Sky News U.K. (Sky UK) that 21st Century Fox did not already own; after an auction, 21st Century Fox no longer has any stake in the company. As of October 2018, Sky UK is now wholly owned by Comcast Corporation - whose divisions include Xfinity,   NBCUniversal, and Sky Group Limited (the British media and telecommunications conglomerate, which includes the subsidiary Sky UK). One of the news television stations owned by Sky UK is Sky News.

    Returning to the historical claims that Sky News may have been biased throughout the 1990s and 2000s due to minority ownership by Rupert Murdoch's right-leaning News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch's media company that existed from 1980 to 2013), and thereafter the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox ... In a 2010 article in the New Statesman, prominent journalist and broadcaster Mehdi Hasan argued that "in style and in substance, of course, it is nothing like the pro-war, pro-Republican, pro-Sarah Palin  Fox News Channel ... Sky News remains, as far as I can see, free of party political bias." As of October 2018, Fox [Rupert Fox] no longer has any stake in the broadcaster.


    Salem Media Group [Salem Radio Network | ...]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to associations with the Christian rightCouncil for National Policy member Stuart Epperson, libertarian propagandist Lawrence Allen "Larry" Elder, ...

  • Ontology: Culture - Cultural studies - Media culture - Deception - Media manipulation - Propaganda - Propaganda techniques - Disinformation - News outlets - Salem Media Group

  • Source: Wikipedia.

  • Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SALM; formerly Salem Communications Corporation) is an American radio broadcaster, internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher based in Camarillo, California, targeting audiences interested in Christian values and what it describes as "family-themed content and conservative values." In addition to its radio properties, the company owns Salem Radio Network, which syndicates talk, news and music programing to approximately 2,400 affiliates; Salem Media Representatives, a radio advertising company; Salem Web Network, an internet provider of Christian content and online streaming with over 100 Christian content and conservative opinion websites; and Salem Publishing, a publisher of Christian themed magazines. Salem owns 117 radio stations in 38 markets, including 60 stations in the top 25 markets and 29 in the top 10, making it tied with Entercom for fifth-largest radio broadcaster. FamilyTalk is a Christian-themed talk format on Sirius XM Radio Channel 131. Additionally, Salem owns conservative websites Townhall.com, RedState, Hot Air, and PJ Media, as well as Twitter aggregator Twitchy.

    Salem Media Group was founded by brothers-in-law Stuart Epperson [a member of the ultra-secretive, conservative Council for National Policy (CNP)] and Edward G. Atsinger III. Unlike many Christian broadcasters, Salem Media Group a for-profit corporation, allowing it to buy stations in the commercial radio band which are often higher-powered than those of the FM non-commercial band, and to accept commercial advertising.

    History

    In the early 1980s Edward G. Atsinger III (chief executive officer] and Stuart Epperson (chairman of the board) combined their radio assets to create Salem Communications. Beginning with stations in North Carolina and California, Atsinger and Epperson purchased station properties in Boston, San Antonio, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles and other markets, converting them to Christian talk stations. In the 1990s, they expanded formats to include contemporary Christian music (with most stations under this format branded as "The Fish"), news talk (branded as "The Answer"), Spanish-language Christian content, and business programming.

    Many of Salem's stations are licensed to subsidiaries, organized by geographical area and media cluster as the company has acquired new stations and their previous licensees.

    Salem Communications Corp acquired Twitter curation site, Twitchy.com. In January 2014, the Company announced the acquisition of the assets of Eagle Publishing, including Regnery PublishingHuman Events [published by Eagle Publishing], and RedState, as well as sister companies Eagle Financial Publications and Eagle Wellness.

    On February 23, 2015, Salem Communications changed its name to Salem Media Group.

    In 2015, Salem Media Group expanded their digital platform with acquisitions of several businesses and assets, including DividendYieldHunter.com, Stockinvestor.com; DividendInvestor.com, a Spanish Bible mobile app, along with its related website and Facebook properties; the DailyBible mobile app; the Daily Bible Devotion mobile app; and also Bryan Perry's Newsletters.

    In 2016, Salem Media Group continued to expand by acquiring the websites ChristianConcertAlerts.com, Historyonthenet.com and Authentichistory.com; as well as Mike Turner's line of investment products, including TurnerTrends.com; the Retirement Watch newsletter and website, Retirementwatch.com; and the King James Bible mobile application. Salem Media Group also acquired Mill City Press from Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.

    In July 2017, Salem Media Group merged DividendYieldHunter.com and transferred all content into DividendInvestor.com.

    In March 2019, political writer Raheem Kassam and lawyer Will Chamberlain purchased Human Events from Salem Media Group for $300,000.

  • See also:

  • Salon

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources. AlterNet.org often lifts articles from Daily Kos, which due to questionable content is excluded from sources. Alternet also frequently lifts articles from Salon.com (and sometimes vice versa). While MediaBiasFactCheck.com rates Salon.com as "mostly factual," due to the overlap between content posted and reposted on DailyKos.com, AlterNet.org, and Salon.com I am excluding these three sources.

  • Salon.com
  • Wikipedia:
  • See also:  Raw Story

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: Factual Reporting: HIGH


  • SaltWire Network [Canada]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly sources.

  • See also: The Chronicle herald.

  • Name: SaltWire Network Inc.
  • Type: Public
  • Industry: Mass media
  • Founded: 2017
  • Headquarters: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Area served: Atlantic Canada
  • Key people: Mark Lever, CEO
  • Owner: Dennis family
  • Website: SaltWire.com
  • SOURCE:  Wikipedia, captured 2020-09-18
    This page last modified: 2020-08-17 16:14:38 -0700 (PST)

    SaltWire Network Inc. is a Canadian newspaper publishing company owned by the Dennis-Lever family of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Saltwire owns and publishes 35 daily and weekly newspapers in Atlantic Canada.

    Combined with the Chronicle Herald's existing community newspaper holdings, in 2017 the company published 35 titles overall, mainly acquired from Transcontinental Media.

    History

    On April 13, 2017, Halifax's independently-owned The Chronicle Herald announced its acquisition of 27 newspapers in the region from Transcontinental Media, via the newly-formed parent company SaltWire Network. The company had begun a gradual exit from mainstream publishing in order to focus on specialty media and educational publishing. The exact purchase price was not disclosed, although business analysts estimated that the publications were worth approximately $30 million in total. The transaction was criticized by a number of analysts, as it occurred in the middle of a strike by Chronicle Herald employees during which the paper had claimed declining revenues as its reason for demanding major concessions including wage reductions, reduced pension contributions and the removal of several staff divisions from the bargaining unit.

    In June 2018, SaltWire Network changed the Carbonear-based weekly newspaper, "The Compass," from a subscriber model to a free total market product deliver as a flyer package wrap.

    In July 2019, SaltWire Network closed "The Beacon," "The Advertiser," "The Pilot," and "The Nor'wester," and merged them into a free weekly known as "The Central Voice" - which began publication on August 1, 2018.

    In March 2019, all SaltWire publications introduced metered paywalls.

    In March 2019, SaltWire announced the sale of 10 of its buildings across Atlantic Canada.

    Also in March 2019, the company terminated its affiliation with the Canadian Press newswire service, opting instead to become a client of Postmedia and Reuters.

    In April 2019, SaltWire announced it was turning "The Western Star" into a weekly delivered free to consumers as a flyer wrap. This resulted in the layoff of around 30 employees. Independent delivery contractors were also affected. At the same time, it was announced that the two Labrador weeklies would merge into one called "The Labrador Voice."

    In April 2019, SaltWire filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia against Transcontinental, accusing it of overstating and misrepresenting details surrounding the revenue of the papers it had acquired. The company threatened a counter-suit, stating that the sale was "conducted based on fair, accurate and timely information," and accusing SaltWire of failing to "fulfil its payment obligations."

    Publications

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    Science Daily

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Science Daily a Pro-Science Source based on proper scientific sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: PRO-SCIENCE  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1995 by married couple Dan and Michele Hogan, Science Daily is an American news website for topical science articles. It features articles on a wide variety of science topics, including astronomy, exoplanets, computer science, nanotechnology, medicine, psychology, sociology, anthropology, biology, geology, climate, space, physics, mathematics, chemistry, archaeology, paleontology, and others.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Science Daily is held by Science Daily LLC, which Dan and Michele Hogan own. The website generates revenue through online advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Science Daily is primarily a science news aggregation and curation site. The articles are selected from news releases submitted by universities and other research institutions. There is little bias exhibited as they tend only to publish pro-science information. This is a popular science site that summarizes reports in one paragraph and then links to the full article. They never skew data and summarize properly, based on our numerous reviews.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Shadowproof  |  Shadowproof.com

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content, due to pronounced political bias; carefully scrutinize.

  • website  |  formerly: Firedoglake

  • Persons:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Shadowproof Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor a progressive perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Shadowproof is a progressive news website and activist organization formed in 2015 by Kevin Gosztola and Brian Sonenstein  [Brian Nam-Sonenstein  |  local copy]. After long-time progressive political blog, Firedoglake shut down and merged its 200K plus articles into ShadowproofShadowproof state their mission as "to expose systemic abuses of power in business and government while at the same time developing a model for independent journalism that supports a diverse range of young freelance writers and contributors." You can find more details here about their goals.

    Funded by / Ownership

    FDL Media Group owns Shadowproof. Donations generate revenue.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Shadowproof uses emotional language both in their headlines and articles such as "Where Was President Obama's 'Decency' When He Was Deporting Dreamers?",  "Trump Is Taking Advantage of the Fact That Obamacare Was Made To Be Broken", and "Read DEA Chief's Resignation Memo Admonishing Trump For Endorsing Police Misconduct."

    Shadowproof is a strong advocate for a single-payer health care system, and they dedicated one category solely to single-payer under the category "ROAD TO SINGLE-PAYER." They also focus on incarceration and prisoners' rights under the subsection "Prison Protest." Overall, Shadowproof uses credible media sources such as The Boston Globe,   The New York Times, and Politico; therefore, we rate Shadowproof Left Biased based on political positions and wording.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the last 5 years.


    Sky News (U.K.)

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • See also Rupert Murdoch's Media Holdings, which disambiguates and clarifies Rupert Murdoch's media empire (past and present).

  • Wikipedia entry.  |  Criticisms of Sky UK

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Sky News Least Biased based on balanced news coverage and a reasonably balanced op-ed page. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a reasonable fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1989 by Rupert MurdochSky News is a British news organization, which operates a TV network of the same name [Sky News], a radio news service, and news distribution through online channels. Sky News has [had, through former Murdoch ownership] sister outlets around the world such as Australia, Arabia, and Ireland. Sky News has won numerous awards including in 2018 being named Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year, the eleventh time the channel had won the award.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Sky News is owned by the Comcast Corporation as of 2018-11, and is funded through advertising. Rupert Murdoch is no longer affiliated with Sky News UK  [see Rupert Murdoch's Media Holdings continued Murdoch holdings, including Sky News Australia].

    Analysis / Bias

    This review covers [non-Murdoch owned] U.K. website content only. Sky News reports on the U.K., World, Politics, U.S., Ocean Rescue, Science & Technology, Business, Arts & Entertainment, and Offbeat. Sky News utilizes moderate to minimally loaded language in headlines and articles such as this: "Climate change demos in London: Police face challenges dealing with protesters." In another article, there is the use of moderate loaded language that covers both sides: "May and Corbyn highlight persecution of Christians and refugee crisis in Easter messages." This article, like most on Sky News, does not provide hyperlinked sourcing, but rather relies on quotes and first-person accounts. A review of the opinion page reflects mostly balanced coverage with some clearly in favor of the left.

    In general, Sky News reporting is balanced and low biased, with op-ed's having a slight lean left. Under Rupert Murdoch [until 2018], Sky News was frequently accused of having a right-wing bias, however, the left-leaning New Statesman did not agree - in a 2010 article concluding that Sky News was impartial.

    Failed Fact Checks

  • Poll about support for violence against MPs is flawed - INCORRECT.


  • Slate  |  Slate Magazine

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • Source: MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Slate, moderately Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record.

  • Sludge

  • Note: no Wikipedia entry (2022-01-18)!

  • Website: ReadSludge.com  |  About:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com (2020-08-17):  overall, we rate Sludge Left Biased based on story selection that almost always favors the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing practices and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 2018, Sludge produces investigative journalism on lobbying and money in politics. According to their About page, "We scour traditional lobbying disclosures and campaign contributions, but our primary focus is all the ways that money influences politics that don't fit established patterns and often don't have to be disclosed." Sludge also discloses their writing team along with biographies on their about page.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Sludge does not openly disclose an individual owner, however they do disclaim "Sludge was launched as part of the First Fleet of newsrooms on Civil  [defunct, 2022-01-18: local copy], a journalism platform that uses cryptocurrency to guard against low-quality content and censorship. Once the platform is fully launched, Sludge will be accountable to holders of the Civil token, who will use internal governance mechanisms to affirm the integrity and commitment to journalistic standards of Sludge and other newsrooms on the protocol, according to the guidelines in the Civil Constitution. In addition, every article published by Sludge will be permanently published on the Ethereum blockchain." Revenue is derived through membership fees and Kickstarter campaigns.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Sludge produces news stories and journalism in the categories "Climate", "Defense", "Hate", "Health", "2020", and "Tech". For this review, we will do an overall analysis of each category and provide a supporting example that accurately reflects bias.

  • Climate: A general review of the climate category reveals a strongly left-leaning bias with most stories detailing how the fossil fuel industry is funding politicians and PACs. For example this story: "Climate Caucus Founder Is a Fossil Fuel Favorite." This story is credibly sourced to NBC News,   The Guardian, and Open Secrets. Overall, "Sludge: Climate" is left-biased.

  • Defense: A general review of the defense category reveals a left-leaning bias with most stories detailing how money influences hawkishness and corporate influence. For example, this story details how Koch Industries profits from defense contracts: "As Charles Koch Cultivates Anti-War Image, Koch Industries Profits from Defense Contracts." Sourcing for this story comes from the Charles Koch Foundation, USASpending.gov, and several official military sources. Overall, "Sludge: Defense" is rated as left-biased.

  • Hate: This category profiles how corporations and foundations profit or promote hate. For example, this story, which indicates Google is profiting from hate group advertising: "Google Is Profiting From Notorious Hate Group's Ads." Sourcing comes from the Southern Poverty Law CenterThe Washington PostThe Atlantic, and many other credible outlets. Overall, "Sludge: Hate" is rated as left-biased.

  • Health: This category primarily focuses on big pharma's role in politics. For example, "Chair of Pharma-Funded Blue Dogs Pushes for Drug Company Protections in New NAFTA." This story is properly sourced to Prospect magazine, the Food and Drug Administration, and Open Secrets. Overall, "Sludge: Health" is rated as left-biased.

  • 2020: This category shows how corporate money is influencing candidates. It highlights both the establishment Democrats and RepublicansSuper PAC Backing 'Middle-Class Joe' Is Led by Lobbyists, Corporate Consultants, and Democratic Fundraisers." This story is properly sourced to Bloomberg,   ProPublica, and Politico to name a few. Overall, "Sludge: 2020" is rated Left Biased.

  • Tech: This category covers tech cover-ups and the influence of money from tech companies, for example, this: "The Facebook Settlement Amounts to Bribery of a Federal Agency." This story was republished from The American Prospect. Overall, "Sludge: Tech" is rated, Left-Center Bias.

  • In general, story selection favors the progressive left through opposition to corporate influence in politics, and all information is very well sourced to credible information and outlets.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    SourceWatch.org

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  See also (this file):

  • Capital Research Center  (produces InfluenceWatch.org website)
  • InfluenceWatch.org  (website diametrically opposed to / competing with InfluenceWatch.org).

  • I have been collecting data (articles, information, ...) on nonprofit "dark money" organizations and influencers. Due to the anonymity of many of the donors and other obfuscations: use of aliases, ...) it can be difficult to find information on those groups via Wikipedia and web searches.

    Although SourceWatch.org and InfluenceWatch.org provide relatively comprehensive Wikipedia-like entries for many of these nonprofits, closer inspection of the entries provide by SourceWatch and InfluenceWatch raise concerns regarding the deep-rooted biases inherent in each of those sites.

    The obfuscation of disinformation that I have encountered during my research, that similarly affects everyone doing online research, is indicated in the following exemplar.

    The discussion above highlights the need to question and critically evaluate all source data, comparing it to multiple sources and validating it as much as possible (discounting those sources and content known to be disreputable).


    South China Morning Post

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to Chinese influences.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com;  overall, we rate The South China Morning Post Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1903 by Australian Chinese revolutionary Tse Tsan-tai and British journalist Alfred Cunningham, the South China Morning Post is a Hong Kong-based English-language newspaper. The South China Morning Post provides news, business, arts, tech, and culture for global readers, focusing on China and Asia. According to its about page, the South China Morning Post's mission is to "Lead the global conversation about China." The South China Morning Post is also Hong Kong's newspaper of record and publishes fashion magazines, including Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Esquire, and The Peak.

    On April 5, 2016, Alibaba Group acquired The South China Morning Post Group in a $266 million deal, including the South China Morning Post. Former CEO of Digg, Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post since 2017. Tammy Tam Wai Yee is the Editor-in-Chief. For a complete list of corporate executives, please see here.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The South China Morning Post is owned by Alibaba Group and published by South China Morning Post Publishers Limited. It is funded through advertising and subscriptions.

    Analysis

    According to a Quartz article dated 2017, they state that after being acquired by Alibaba Group, the South China Morning Post's narrative became more pro-China. The article also quotes Joseph Tsai, Alibaba's co-founder, and vice-chairman, as saying, "We wanted to tell the biggest story of our lifetime, which is China." According to the NY Times, the new mission of the South China Morning Post is "improving China's image overseas and combating what it sees as anti-Chinese bias in the foreign media." Reuters points out that Jack Ma, the head of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, is a Communist Party member.

    Bias

    In review, The South China Morning Post publishes stories with emotionally loaded headlines such as ...

    Although South China Morning Post has been accused of promoting China, we find evidence that they cover both sides by being critical of China and praising them.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Sun News Network | Sun News | Sun Media

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • Wikipedia  |  Controversy and criticism

  • Defunct: closed 2015-02-13.

  • ... The Sun News Network, known for its right-of centre editorial stance, was plagued with poor viewership: the network reported an average of 8,000 viewers, which was significantly lower than its competitors, CBC News Network and CTV News Channel. This lack of viewership has been attributed in part to failing to gain mandatory carriage, which their competitors enjoyed, by the CRTC. Following failed attempts to sell the network to ZoomerMedia (a company owned by Canadian television executive Moses Znaimer) and Leonard Asper, Sun News Network abruptly signed off on February 13, 2015 at 5:00 a.m. ET. ...

    Criticism by former staff

    Writing several years after leaving Sun NewsTheo Caldwell wrote of the station's output that "the finished product was lousy television, even by Canadian standards." He also complained that he was not being paid, despite his contract, and finally quit as a result. Caldwell described management's view on mandatory carriage as "hypocritical." "At first, when they imagined the station would be a blockbuster success, they mocked the very idea of mandatory carriage. When it became clear, however, that no amount of Suzuki-bashing and Justin Trudeau prizefights could save the enterprise, they insisted it was unfair not to grant Sun News a guaranteed income stream, on the risible basis that CBC and CTV had received similar treatment decades before. It wasn't honest, and it is astounding that Peladeau and Sun management could undertake such a blatant reversal without a trace of irony."

    On the reason for the channel's failure, Caldwell wrote: "Simply put, if Sun News were good, people would have watched it. The channel was available in 5 million homes, yet garnered only a few thousand viewers... The simple truth is that Sun News Network was mind-bendingly bad television, and only a dysfunctional crew led by the likes of Peladeau could have thought it would catch on."

    Former anchor Krista Erickson wrote an article for National Newswatch in 2015 that singled out former QuΓ©becor MΓ©dia [Quebecor] Vice-President Kory Teneycke, who was in charge of the channel, for criticism calling him a "controlling authoritarian" whose pro-Conservative Party "partisanship often went into overdrive" at the channel's expense. ...

    [ ... snip ... ]


    Sun Media

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to tabloid journalism,   Postmedia Network's history of anti-transgender bias, American part-ownership, declining financials, ties to United States Republican Party and support of Donald Trump, ...

    Sun Media Corporation was the owner of several tabloid and broadsheet newspapers in Canada and the 49 percent owner of the now defunct Sun News Network. It was a subsidiary of Quebecor Media.

    On October 6, 2014, Quebecor Media announced the sale of the remaining English-language print assets of Sun Media to rival Postmedia Network. The sale did not include the Sun News Network, which subsequently closed when a buyer was not found, nor Quebecor's French-language papers Le Journal de MontrΓ©al and Le Journal de QuΓ©bec. The sale was approved by the federal Competition Bureau on March 25, 2015, and closed on April 13. Canoe Sun Media merged with Postmedia Network rather than being maintained as a separate division.

    Quebecor had previously sold its community newspapers in Quebec to TC Transcontinental in June 2014, under a deal first announced in December 2013.

    [ ... snip ... ]


    Tampa Bay Times [Poynter Institute]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly sources due to concern over funding to the Poynter Institute from the notoriously neoliberal billionaire Charles Koch and left-wing billionaire George SorosPolitiFact was founded by the Tampa Bay Times, which is a for-profit new organization owned by the non-profit Poynter Institute, a preeminent journalism training organization.

  • See also: PolitiFact (founded by the Tampa Bay Times).

  • website  |  about

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Tampa Bay Times Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that mostly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1884, the Tampa Bay Times, previously named the St. Petersburg Times through 2011, is an American broadsheet newspaper published in St. Petersburg, Florida. The paper has won the Pulitzer Prize 12 times in its history.

    In 2007, the then-St. Petersburg Times launched IFCN fact-checker Politifact, which also won a Pulitzer for fact-checking. In 2018, Politifact was acquired by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Tampa Bay Times is published by the Times Publishing Company, owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a nonprofit journalism school directly adjacent to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. Poynter is https://www.poynter.org/major-funders/funded by many donors, including the Charles Koch Foundation on the Right and George Soros'   Open Society Foundations on the Left. The newspaper generates revenue through advertising and subscription fees.

    Analysis / Bias

    The Tampa Bay Times publishes original news and investigative reporting covering the Tampa Bay and Florida region. National and International news is republished through The Associated Press. Original local and state news is delivered with minimal bias in wording and story selection: "Motorcyclist hospitalized, lanes closed after accident on U.S. 19 in Pinellas Park." When covering political news, they often report with neutral wording: "Ron DeSantis endorses Florida bills allowing college athletes to make money."

    Editorially, the Tampa Bay Times typically endorses Democratic candidates. For example, they have endorsed the Democratic Presidential Candidate every time since 1980. Further, in local elections, such as 2018, they endorsed all Democratic candidates. A review of the Opinion section also reveals a left-leaning bias with most editorials favorable to liberal policies such as this: "Two steps up, one step back on Florida voting rights | Editorial." In general, the Tampa Bay Times reports news factually and with minimal bias; however, editorially, they lean moderately left.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Thomson Reuters  |  Thomson Reuters Corporation

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • Thomson Reuters Corporation is a Canada-based multinational media conglomerate. Thomson Reuters was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where it is headquartered at the Bay Adelaide Centre.

    Thomson Reuters was created by the Thomson Corporation's purchase of the British company Reuters Group in 2008-04 and is majority owned by The Woodbridge Company Limited, a holding company for the Thomson family.


    Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Thomson Reuters Foundation Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor left-leaning causes. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 1983, the Thomson Reuters Foundation is the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, the global news and information provider. The Foundation works to expose corruption worldwide and is active in the global fight against human trafficking. Not to be confused with the Reuters news agency. According to their about page "Our global editorial team of almost 50 journalists and about 300 freelancers covers the world's under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, climate change and social innovation."

    The first website set up by the Thomson Reuters Foundation was the left-leaning Alternet.

    AlertNet

  • Comment: Note that the MediaBiasFactCheck.com entry for the Thomson Reuters Foundation incorrectly associates the Thomson Reuters Foundation with AlterNet. The correct association is AlertNet, below.

  • In September 1997, the Reuters Foundation launched AlertNet, a website providing free humanitarian news and information. AlertNet was set up in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwanda genocide as a response to criticism of the slow media response and poorly coordinated activities of the relief agencies on the ground. AlertNet aimed to facilitate co-ordination among relief workers.

    Thomson Reuters Foundation News, formerly Alertnet, is a global news service available free to smaller media outlets and non-government organisations around the world. It is run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. The global editorial team of over 45 journalists and 150 freelancers covers the world's under-reported stories at the heart of aid, development, women's rights, human trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Thomson Reuters Foundation is a charity registered in the U.K. and USA. According to their about page "Our work is supported by an annual donation from Thomson Reuters and via project funding specifically dedicated to supporting our core services."

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the primary purpose of the Thomson Reuters Foundation is to provide skills-based training programs to reporters worldwide in seven languages and across 170 countries. As of 2015, over 15,000 journalists have been trained internationally on 27 specialized training topics. The website also provides news that focuses on left-leaning topics such as "Coronavirus, Women, LGBT, Climate, Economies, Technologies, Slavery, Cities, and Land." Some stories utilize loaded emotional language such as this: "Climate change poses growing threats to vulnerable Africa, UN says." Other stories on the website come directly from Reuters. In general, story selection and editorial positions moderately favor the left but are based in fact.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Time Magazine ["Time"]

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Time Magazine Left-Center biased based on story selection that mostly favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1923, Time Magazine is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. The current managing editor is Edward Felsenthal. Since 2000, Time Magazine has undergone several ownership changes and mergers. In 2000, Time Inc. became a part of AOL Time Warner  [WarnerMedia] and then in 2017 was purchased by the Meredith Corporation. After only 6 weeks, the Meredith Corporation sold Time Magazine to Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne for $190 million. Benioff is the billionaire founder of Salesforce.com and is an activist related to left-leaning causes such as equal pay for equal work, affordable health care, and support for a livable wage.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Time Magazine is owned by Marc and Lynne Benioff and is funded through subscriptions, sponsored content, and advertising sales.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Time Magazine a is a journalism magazine the covers current events and politics. Time Magazine utilizes loaded language in headlines such as this: "President Trump Is Making Baseless Claims About the Migrant Caravan. Here Are the Facts." The information contained in articles is generally well-sourced and linked to credible factual sources. Story selection mostly favors the left with articles such as this: "Obama Rails Against Republicans in Fiery Nevada Rally." While Time Magazine is clearly biased in favor of left-leaning causes, they display a strong anti-Trump bias with daily articles denigrating his policies and actions. It is important to note that holding an anti-Trump bias is not necessarily a pro-left wing bias as many centrist and right-center sources also report against President Trump's character and policies.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    TomDispatch.com

  • Website: TomDispatch.com.

  • (Wikipedia, 2022-01-20; TomDispatch.com redirects here): Tom Engelhardt.

  • (MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2020-12-25) TomDispatch.com:  overall, we rate TomDispatch Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • Toronto Star  |  Toronto Sun

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to Postmedia Network's history of anti-transgender bias  [transphobia], American part-ownership, declining financials, ties to United States Republican Party and support of Donald Trump, columnist Brian Lilley (previously associated with Rebel News and Sun News Network, ...

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Toronto Star Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Toronto Star is owned by Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. (a subsidiary of Torstar). The newspaper is funded through a subscription and advertising model.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, the Toronto Star reports local news through journalists and national/international news via such sources as The Associated Press and The Washington Post. There is minimal use of loaded language in reporting local news: "Province submits fresh evidence in ongoing court fight over Toronto council cut." On the other hand, editorials utilize moderately loaded headlines that favor the left, such as this: "It's time for Doug Ford to stop campaigning and start governing." Further, the Toronto Star has always endorsed progressive democratic candidates for most of its history, most recently endorsing Justin Trudeau. In general, story selection tends to favor the left.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    ... The Toronto Star is owned by the Postmedia Network following the 2015 purchase of Sun Media from QuebecorTorstar, the parent company of the Toronto Star, once attempted to purchase the Toronto Sun.

    The Toronto Star, which boasts the slogan "Toronto's Other Voice" (also once called "The Little Paper that Grew") acquired a television station from Craig Media in 2005, which was renamed SUN TV and later was transformed into the Sun News Network, until its demise in 2015. By the mid-2000s, the word "The" was dropped from the paper's name and the newspaper adopted its current logo. ...

    ... Editorially, the paper frequently follows the positions of traditional Canadian/British conservatism and neoconservatism in the United States on economic issues. Editorials typically promote individualism, self-reliance, the police, and a strong military and support for troops. Editorials typically condemn high taxes and, most of all, perceived government waste. ...


    Torstar

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • [Wikipedia, 2021-03-01] Torstar Corporation is a Canadian mass media company which primarily publishes daily and community newspapers. In addition to the Toronto Star, its flagship and namesake, Torstar also publishes daily newspapers in Hamilton, Peterborough, Niagara Region, and Waterloo Region. The corporation was initially established in 1958 to take over operations of the Star from the Atkinson Foundation after a provincial law banned charitable organizations from owning for-profit entities. From 1958 to 2020, the class A shares of Torstar were held by the families of the original Atkinson Foundation trustees. The private investment firm NordStar Capital LP, owned by Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, officially acquired Torstar on August 5, 2020.

  • [2021-03-01] Torstar to launch online casino to help fund its journalism. [Torstar, ] Owner of Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and other papers getting into online gambling.

  • [2020-05-27] Toronto Star's parent company was just bought out - buyers are donors to Maxime Bernier and the Conservative Party


  • Trace, The

  • Website

  • From the Wikipedia entry.

  • From the MediaBiasFactCheck.com entry.


  • True North Research

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • True North Research is a for-profit research firm founded by left-of-center activist Lisa Graves in 2007. The firm conducts political and policy research aimed at exposing the influence of conservative and free-market-leaning businessmen and businesses.

  • True North Research website:

  • Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor: Lisa Graves.


  • TruthOut.org

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Truthout strongly Left Biased based on story selection and political positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to publishing a false story and promoting anti-GMO propaganda.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Truthout is a progressive news organization in the United States that operates a website and distributes a daily newsletter. Registered in September 2001, in Sacramento, California, Truthout publishes original political news articles, opinion pieces, video reports, and artwork. According to its about page, "Truthout works to broaden and diversify the political discussion by introducing independent voices and focusing on under-covered issues and unconventional thinking." Truthout's main areas of focus are mass incarceration, social justice, and climate change. The current editor-in-chief is Maya Schenwar.

    Maya Schenwar

    Maya Schenwar (born November 10, 1982) is the editor-in-chief of Truthout and a writer focused on prison-related topics. Maya Schenwar is the co-author of Prison by Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better, and a co-editor of the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. Maya Schenwar has written about prison issues for Truthout,   The New York Times,   The Guardian,   The Nation, Ms. Magazine, and other publications.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded through donations.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Truthout is a progressive news and opinion website focused on social justice and the environment. There is significant use of loaded emotional language that favors the left such as this: ...

    When it comes to science, Truthout holds a negative view toward GMOs and uses highly sensationalized and conspiratorial headlines such as this: "Have Monsanto, and the Biotech Industry Turned Natural Pesticides Into GMO "Super Toxins"?"

    Failed Fact Checks

    Although Truthout has not failed a fact check by an IFCN fact checker, they have reported some stories that were not factual. For example, a reporter claimed that Karl Rove was indicted on charges when in fact, he wasn't. The reporter continued to claim without evidence. See the link here. Although this is only one example, it shows that this source should be checked when in doubt.


    Tyee, The

  • Wikipedia, The Tyee  |  The Tyee:  funding  [ transition to nonprofit status ]

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Tyee on the far end of Left-Center Biased based on liberal editorial bias and story selection that often favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a failed fact check.

  • [theTyee.ca, 2022-03-01] Why We Helped The Tyee Turn Non-Profit.  We remain committed, says the former investor, and invite others to join in helping this publication thrive. Eric Peterson has, with partner Christina Munck, long supported The Tyee, and they were crucial to The Tyee's transition to non-profit status.

  • [theTyee.ca, 2021-12-03] I'm Finishing Up as Tyee Editor-in-ChiefRobyn Smith has some personal news, as they say.


  • U.S. News & World Report

  • Wikipedia entry.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate U.S. News & World Report Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Founded in 1948, U.S. News & World Report is an American media company that publishes news, opinion, consumer advice, rankings, and analysis. Founded as a newsweekly magazine in 1933, U.S. News transitioned to primarily web-based publishing in 2010. U.S. News is best known today for its influential Best Colleges and Best Hospitals rankings. The current editor is Brian Kelly.

    Funded by / Ownership

    U.S. News & World Report is owned by media proprietor Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman, worth an estimated 2.7 billion. Mortimer Zuckerman donates to both Democrats and Republicans, with more donations going to Democrats. U.S. News generates revenue through advertising.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, U.S. News and World Report primarily cover politics, finance, health, and education. They provide original content that uses minimally loaded language such as this: "Measles Exposure Possible at Chicago Airport." Like all others on the website, this story is properly sourced to credible media and organizations such as Pew Research, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and a variety of United States <.gov/em> sites. At this point, U.S. News & World Report is best known for its best-of series, such as best states, best countries, best colleges, etc. Editorially, U.S. News & World Report tends to lean slightly left through topic selection. In general, they report the news accurately and with a slight left-leaning bias.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    Vanity Fair

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Vanity Fair Left Biased based on editorial positions that always favor the left and Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to a failed fact check.

  • Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL.


    Variety

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to ownership by the Penske Media Corporation - noting particularly this report:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Variety Magazine Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Factual Reporting: HIGH.

    History

    Founded in 1905, Variety Magazine and the website features breaking entertainment news, reviews, box office results, cover stories, videos, photo galleries, and more, plus a credits database, production charts, and calendar, with archive content dating back to 1905.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Variety Magazine is owned by Penske Media Corporation, which is an American digital media, publishing, and information services company based in Los Angeles and New York City. It publishes more than 20 digital and print brands, including Deadline Hollywood, Rolling Stone, WWD, BGR, and others. PMC's Chairman and CEO since founding is Jay Penske. The website is funded through advertising, sponsored content, and subscription fees.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Variety Magazine typically produces original news content about the entertainment industry. Headlines are usually straightforward and low biased such as this: "'Terminator: Dark Fate' Heading for Lackluster $27 Million Launch." Some headlines are slightly sensationalized regarding celebrities, but for the most part, information is sourced accurately and the headlines describe the news story.

    Editorially, Variety Magazine reports on politics as it relates to the entertainment industry. In other words, they offer minimal opinions. However, when covering President Trump they typically are negative and use loaded emotional language such as this: "Gloria Steinem on Whether Trump Should Be Impeached: 'He Was Never Elected'." In general, Variety Magazine reports factually and displays a left-leaning bias when covering politics.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


  • Wikipedia

    • Notable properties: Deadline Hollywood  |  Fairchild Fashion Media  |  HollywoodLife.com  |  Robb Report  |  Rolling Stone  |  Sportico  |  Variety


    Vancouver Observer, The

  • About / History. Founded in 2009; transitioned (2015) to the National Observer.

  • The Vancouver Observer (Wikipedia entry).


  • Verge, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources. Concerns include the following items (chiefly: news aggregation rather than investigative journalism; preoccupation with wealth, growth and acquisition; focus on digital arts and trending / viral content; ...); ownership by Vox Media; self-promotion; promotion of consumerism; constant shilling of commercial products; ...

  • Wikipedia entry  |  YouTube computer build video controversy

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Verge Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing, supporting the consensus of science, and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 2011, The Verge is an American technology news and media network operated by NBC Universal. It has offices in Manhattan, New York City. The network publishes news items, long-form feature stories, product reviews, podcasts, and an entertainment show. The Verge won five Webby Awards for the year 2012, including awards for Best Writing (Editorial), Best Podcast for The Vergecast, Best Visual Design, Best Consumer Electronics Site, and Best Mobile News App. The current editor is Nilay Patel  [disambiguation: not Neil Patel].

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Verge is owned by Vox Media, which includes investors such as NBC Universal. The website generates revenue through advertising and sponsored content.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, The Verge primarily covers technology and science, with less emphasis on politics. However, when covering politics, they generally use minimally loaded words such as this: ...

    Political news is typically related to technology or science information and not just politics in general. When it comes to science reporting, The Verge aligns with the consensus of science. The Verge does not produce political editorial content, though story selection tends to favor the left slightly.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Vice Media  |  Vice  |  Vice News  |  Vice.com  |  Vice Motherboard

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Vice Media Left-Center Biased due to wording and story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to a failed fact check.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

      History

      Vice Magazine was founded in 1994 in Montreal, Canada by Shane SmithSuroosh Alvi, and Gavin McInnes. In this interview with Suroosh Alvi, he provides details on how Vice was born. In 1998, the partners sold part of Vice to Montreal software magnate Richard Szalwinski; however, soon, they repurchased the magazine. Once called "Voice of Montreal," they eventually changed the name to Vice. In 1999, Vice relocated its base to New York City and became Vice Media, which grew into a digital media company that publishes online and in print magazines and expanded into millennial-driven media consisting of a website, broadcast news unit, a film production company, a record label, and a publishing imprint and more. Its news division, Vice News, launched in 2013 and focused on news and current events. Currently, Nancy Dubuc is the CEO, and Shane Smith is the Executive Chairman. According to its about page, Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith are listed as owners, whereas Gavin McInnes is not listed since he left due to "creative differences." Gavin McInnes later founded the Proud Boys, which is a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group.

      Co-founder Gavin Miles McInnes

    • Source for the following: Wikipedia, 2022-03-08.

    • Gavin Miles McInnes (born 17 July 1970) is a Canadian writer, podcaster, and far-right   political commentator. McInnes is the host of the podcast Get Off My Lawn, on the online video platform   Censored.TV - which Innes founded. Innes co-founded Vice  [Vice Media] in 1994 at the age of 24, and relocated to the United States in 2001. In more recent years, Innes has drawn attention for his far-right political activism and his role as the founder of the Proud Boys  [Proud Boys] - an American far-right   neofascist organization designated as a terrorist group in Canada. Gavin McInnes has been accused of promoting violence against political opponents, but has claimed that he only has supported political violence in self-defense, and that he is not far-right or a supporter of fascism.

      Born to Scottish parents in Hitchin,   Hertfordshire, England, Gavin McInnes immigrated to Canada as a child. Innes graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario before moving to Montreal, Quebec and co-founding Vice with Suroosh Alvi and Shane Smith. Innes relocated with Vice Media to New York City in 2001.

      During his time at Vice, Gavin McInnes was called a leading figure in the New York hipster subculture. After leaving Vice in 2008, McInnes became increasingly known for his far-right political views. Innes is the founder of the Proud Boys, a neofascistmen's rights and male-only organisation classified as a "general hate" organization by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Innes has rejected this classification, claiming that the group is "not an extremist group and not have ties with white nationalists". Innes holds both Canadian and British citizenship and lives in Larchmont, New York.

      In 2018, Gavin McInnes was fired from Blaze Media, and was banned from TwitterFacebook, and Instagram for violating terms of use related to promoting violent extremist groups and hate speech. In June 2020, McInnes' YouTube account was suspended for violating YouTube's policies concerning hate speech, posting content that was "glorifying inciting violence against another person or group of people."

      Funded by / Ownership

      According to ForbesShane Smith owns approximately (20%), and the rest of the shares belongs to The Walt Disney CompanyA&E NetworksTPG Inc. (the private equity group), and 21st Century Fox. Vice Media missed revenue targets by $100m, and according to a Forbes article, "Disney wrote down $157m of its investment in Vice," which indicates a sign of trouble "for the youth-focused media company." Further, CNBC reports Vice is reportedly reducing staff by 15%. Vice News is funded primarily through advertising.

      Analysis / Bias

      In 2017, investigative reporting by Emily Steel of The New York Times uncovered mistreatment and sexual harassment of women and workplace culture at Vice Media, which was described by ex-employees as toxic. Following the report, Vice Media President Andrew Creighton resigned, which then CEO and now Executive Chairman Shane Smith has acknowledged and apologized, promising change. Vice Media later announced that it established a Diversity and Inclusion Board.

      In review, Vice News offers a progressive liberal perspective in reporting such as "Millennials Don't Love Capitalism but Can't Stop Using Amazon." Vice News has an anti-Trump tone in their articles, such as: "This Is What It Takes for a Trump Voter to Change Their Mind," and "Trump Foundation is shutting down after the Attorney General of New York called it 'little more than a checkbook' for Trump." However, Vice News utilizes credible sources such as The Washington Post, ocf.Berkeley.edu, Vox,   The Associated Press, ag.NY.gov, Forbes,   Washington Examiner,   Business Insider, Census.gov, and The New York Times. In general, more stories favor the left and present a more favorable left-leaning perspective on issues.

      Failed Fact Checks

      Claims Donald Trump called undocumented immigrants animals: FALSE.


    Vox  |  Vox.com  |  Vox Media

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources. Concerns include the following items (chiefly: news aggregation rather than investigative journalism; preoccupation with wealth, growth and acquisition; focus on digital arts and trending / viral content; ...); self-promotion; promotion of consumerism; ...

    • Update [2021-12-14]: the MediaBiasFactCheck.com analysis below is dated and superseded by the comprehensive Persagen.com analysis of the {BuzzFeed - Huffington Post / HuffPost - Vox Media} domain, consolidated under the BuzzFeed entry (above).

    • Specific to Vox Media, see: BuzzFeed - Vox Media Connections

  • See also: The Verge, which is owned by Vox Media


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Vox Left Biased due to wording and story selection that routinely favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to two failed fact checks, with only one offering a correction.

    • Bias Rating: LEFT  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

      History

      Founded in 2014, Vox is a news hub run by Vox Media (not to be confused with Vox German TV channel). Co-founded by former The Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein who is also an editor. Melissa Bell is the vice president of growth and analytics, and former Slate columnist Matthew Yglesias is a former editor and a former columnist for Vox.

        [updated 2021-10-09] Matthew Yglesias (born May 18, 1981) is an American blogger and journalist who writes about economics and politics. Yglesias has written columns and articles for publications such as The American ProspectThe Atlantic, and Slate. In 2020-11, Matthew Yglesias left his position as an editor and columnist for the news website Vox, which he co-founded in 2014, to publish through Substack.

      Funded by / Ownership

      Vox Media is a digital publishing network founded by Jerome Armstrong,   Tyler Bleszinski, and Markos Moulitsas and based in Washington, D.C. According to a Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Vox Media has eight editorial brands and a custom advertising division. These are (sports-focused) SB Nation, (tech site) The Verge, (video game site) Polygon, (real estate blog) Curbed, (food and nightlife) Eater, (technology news) Racked, (news hub) Vox and (technology business) Recode. Further, a New York Times article dated 2015 states that NBC Universal, which Comcast Corporation owns, invested $200 Million in Vox Media (see also BuzzFeed).

      Analysis / Bias

      According to a Politico interview with the editor, Ezra Klein, Klein describes their goal as "to use technology to improve readers' experience and understanding of events." Vox has introduced Vox Card Stacks, and with those cards, they organize information, in index card format, about all kinds of topics in the news with in-depth details but in a summary form. Some examples are: "Everything you need to know about Israel-Palestine" and "The spread of marijuana legalization, explained." Vox also has a feature called StoryStream, where they provide real-time updates to news stories.

      In review, Vox looks at the issues from a progressive liberal perspective, and there is also an anti-Trump tone in their reporting. Therefore, the majority of stories are pro-left and anti-right. Further, Vox publishes stories with emotionally loaded headlines such as "Are Democrats brave enough to run a woman against Donald Trump?," and "The most depressing energy chart of the year- Coal has got to go." When it comes to sourcing, Vox typically utilizes credible sources such as The New York Times,   The Associated Press, and Bloomberg News.

      Failed Fact Checks

      Did 200,000 Salvadorans With Temporary Protected Status Flee Natural Disaster? - FALSE (correction issued)

      Did wages fall by 1.8 percent after Donald Trump's tax cut? - MOSTLY FALSE


    Wall Street Journal, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to ownership by Rupert Murdoch's  News Corp (sister company: Fox Corporation, owner of Fox News).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Wall Street Journal Right-Center biased due to low biased news reporting combined with a strong right biased editorial stance. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to anti-climate, anti-science stances, and occasional misleading editorials.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    ... A factual search reveals that the Wall Street Journal has never failed a fact check regarding news reporting; however, IFCN fact checkers Climate Feedback and Health Feedback has found numerous inaccuracies in The Wall Street Journal editorial department.

  • Wikipedia:
    • ... The Wall Street Journal has won 37 Pulitzer Prizes (as of 2019). The editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal are typically conservative in their position. The Wall Street Journal editorial board has promoted views that differ from the scientific consensus on climate change [climate change denial, acid rain, and ozone depletion, as well as on the health harms of second-hand smoke, pesticides and asbestos. It is regarded as a "newspaper of record," particularly in terms of business and financial news. ...

  • Here is an example of The Wall Street Journal's bias:

    • ... In 2018, an editorial in The Wall Street Journal claimed that "Donziger's attempted looting of Chevron Corporation for spurious environmental crimes in Ecuador ranks among the biggest legal scams in history." The editorial called Donziger's disbarment "a step toward reining in Mr. Donziger's marauding." ...


    Washington Examiner

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to funding from anti-LGBT sources The Anschutz Corporation / Philip Anschutz, who has funded the horrendously transphobic Family Research Council - a Southern Poverty Law Center anti-LGBT hate group.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate the Washington Examiner Right Biased based on editorial positions that almost exclusively favor the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to several failed fact checks.

  • Bias Rating: RIGHT  | Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

    Funded by / Ownership

    The Washington Examiner is owned by Clarity Media Group [The Anschutz Corporation], which is owned by Philip Anschutz, an American billionaire entrepreneur who describes himself as a "conservative Christian." Anschutz is also the owner of the right-leaning   The Weekly Standard and has donated millions of dollars to right-leaning causes, including anti-LGBT groups, such as the Family Research Council, which has been labeled a hate group. The Washington Examiner is funded through an advertising and subscription model.


    Washington Post, The [ WashingtonPost.com  |  "WaPo"]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize, particularly political reporting. The main concern - like Michael R. Bloomberg's ownership of Bloomberg News - is ownership of influential news /mass media by multibillionaires. Throughout the early years of ownership, Jeff Bezos was accused of having a potential conflict of interest with the paper [source]. Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post's editorial board have dismissed accusations that Bezos unfairly controlled the paper's content, and Bezos maintains the paper's independence.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate The Washington Post Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. Due to two failed fact checks, they earn a Mostly Factual rating.

    • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

      Funded by / Ownership

      In 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Jeff Bezos is a frequent target of Donald Trump, who has accused Bezos of using the U.S.Postal Service as its "Delivery Boy." The newspaper's executive editor, Martin Baron, said Jeff Bezos - who founded Amazon.com - is not involved in its news coverage. According to a New York Magazine article, "Bezos is a libertarian who has given money to anti-tax initiatives in the past" and supports gay marriage through donations. Bezos also donated to both Democratic and Republican senators, respectively.

      Analysis

      The Washington Post played a part with The New York Times in publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The original papers can be viewed here. The Washington Post started reporting on Watergate  [Watergate scandal] in 1972, linking the Democratic National Committee break-in to Richard Nixon's campaign and eventually brought down the administration of President Richard Nixon.

      According to Pew Research, The Washington Post is more trusted by liberal readers than conservatives. However, in 2016, The Washington Post published an anti-Bernie Sanders editorial, "Bernie Sanders' fiction-filled campaign," that The New Republic called an "embarrassment."

      The Washington Post was involved in a scandal in 1980 when they published an article by Janet Cooke that won the Pulitzer Prize. Janet Cooke later returned the Pulitzer Prize when it turned out the story was fake.

      Bias

      In review, The Washington Post publishes stories with emotionally loaded headlines such as ...

      On 2021-03-16, The Washington Post amended and corrected a story from a 2020-12-23 phone call. On this call, they claimed an anonymous source told them that former President Donald Trump told election investigator Frances Watson "find the fraud" and she would be a "National Hero." In the original article, The Washington Post< used quotes to indicate these are the words of former President Trump. According to the actual recording received by The Wall Street Journal, those words were never said. In general, The Washington Post reports news mostly factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias. While still a highly credible source, there needs to be a level of caution when they utilize anonymous sources.

      Failed Fact Checks

      A computer infected by malware proved a Vermont power company targeted for disruption by Russian hackers. - MOSTLY FALSE.

      Donald Trump said, "find the fraud," "National Hero" - FALSE (corrected 2 months later).

  • Wikipedia: The Washington Post,2020-07-03.

    • On 2013-08-05, Jeff Bezos announced his purchase of The Washington Post for $250 million in cash. To execute the sale, Bezos established Nash Holdings, a limited liability holding company that legally owns the paper. The sale closed on 2013-10-01, and Nash Holdings took control.

      In 2014-03 Jeff Bezos made his first significant change at The Washington Post and lifted the online paywall for subscribers of a number of U.S. local newspapers in Texas, Hawaii, and Minnesota. In 2016-01 Jeff Bezos set out to reinvent the newspaper as a media and technology company by reconstructing its digital media, mobile platforms, and analytics software.

      Throughout the early years of ownership, Jeff Bezos was accused of having a potential conflict of interest with the paper. Bezos and the newspaper's editorial board have dismissed accusations that he unfairly controlled the paper's content and Bezos maintains the paper's independence. After a surge in online readership in 2016, the paper was profitable for the first time since Bezos made the purchase in 2013.


    Washington Times [ WashingtonTimes.com ]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  although the Washington Times has an extreme right editorial bias, they report straight news with a much lower bias. Therefore, we rate them right-center biased overall. We also rate them Questionable and factually mixed due to poor sourcing, holding editorial positions contrary to scientific consensus, and numerous failed fact checks.

  • Reasoning: Numerous Failed Fact Checks, Poor Sourcing, Lack of Transparency  |  Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Operations Holdings Inc is the Washington Times owner, which is owned by the Unification Church of South Korea, through their holding company HSA-UWC (Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity). In 1954, Reverend Sun Myung Moon founded this religious movement in South Korea, known for its mass weddings, and its members are referred to as "Moonies." According to a The Guardian article, former members have claimed that the Unification Church is a religious cult that utilizes brainwashing techniques. Subscriptions and advertising fund the paper.


  • Washington Times:  landing page  |  MediaBiasFactCheck.com entry
  • Has published disinformation / misinformation articles by The Heritage Foundation - e.g., this 2018-02-04 article by Rebecca Hagelin, attacking George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.


  • Weekly Standard, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to funding from anti-LGBT sources The Anschutz Corporation / Philip Anschutz, who has funded the horrendously transphobic Family Research Council - a Southern Poverty Law Center anti-LGBT hate group.

  • See also: Washington Examiner

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  in 2017, The Weekly Standard became the first conservative fact-checker to join Facebook's Fact Checking Network and is a signatory of the International Fact Checking Network, which Media Bias Fact Check uses to determine factual reporting for our source reviews.

    • [Comment: Despite that positive statement (above), (1) Facebook is a notorious misinformation and disinformation source, and (2) note the prefacing statements regarding ownership of The Weekly Standard by the notoriously anti-LGBT Philip Anschutz, who has funded the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-LGBT hate group the Family Research Council.]

      UPDATE: On 12/14/2018 The Weekly Standard announced they will cease publishing as of 12/17/2018.

      Funded by / Ownership

      The Weekly Standard is owned by Clarity Media Group, which also owns other right-leaning publications such as the San Francisco Examiner and the Washington Examiner. The Magazine is funded through a subscription and advertising model.

      Analysis / Bias

      [Comment: The MediaBiasFactCheck statements below are slightly dated, and concerning regarding inclusion of notorious Fox News personality Tucker Carlson as a credible source ...]

      The Weekly Standard has a solid reputation for well written conservative journalism featuring prominent writers such as Tucker Carlson, Brit Hume, and PJ O'Rourke. The Weekly Standard typically publishes articles that are favorable to the right and uses moderately loaded wording such as this: "Are Conservatives Giving Up On Democracy?" When reporting on President Trump The Weekly Standard is neither openly for, or against him, but rather reports factually with a conservative-leaning opinion. When it comes to sourcing information, they tend to use quotes as they are a print magazine. Articles on the website are properly sourced with hyperlinks to credible media outlets.

      In 2017, The Weekly Standard became the first conservative fact-checker to join Facebook's Fact Checking Network and is a signatory of the International Fact Checking Network, which Media Bias Fact Check uses to determine factual reporting for our source reviews. (7/19/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 8/9/2018)


    The Western Journal

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.

  • [MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2022-06-10] The Western Journal:  A questionable source, The Western Journal exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency, and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be untrustworthy and should be fact-checked on a per-article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source.

    • Questionable Reasoning: Far Right, Failed Fact Checks, Propaganda, Conspiracy  |  Bias Rating: FAR RIGHT  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  Country: USA  |  Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE  |  Media Type: Website  |  Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY

    • History

      The Western Journal, previously known as Western Journalism, is an American conservative news and political website based in Phoenix, Arizona. The site was founded by political consultant Floyd Brown in 2008. According to their about page, "The Western Journal is a news company that drives positive cultural change by equipping readers with truth. Every day, WesternJournal.com publishes conservative, libertarian, free-market, and pro-family writers and broadcasters."

      Funded by / Ownership

      Liftable Media, Inc. acquired The Western Journal in 2014, which also owns the political opinion website Conservative Tribune. Funding appears to be derived primarily from online advertising.

      Analysis / Bias

      The Western Journal is a news and opinion website with a story selection that always favors the right and is negative toward the left. There is the frequent use of moderately loaded language in headlines such as this: The Clinton State Department's Major Security Breach That Everyone Is Ignoring. The Western Journal typically sources its information from credible media outlets, though story selection and wording usually spin information favorably to the right. They have also failed several fact checks.

      Finally, during the 2020 Presidential election, The Western Journal have promoted misinformation. The Western Journal also consistently promotes misinformation regarding Covid-19 and vaccines. See failed fact checks, below.

      Failed Fact Checks

      Numerous fail fact checks ...


  • [Wikipedia, 2022-07-29] The Western Journal

    • The Western Journal, previously known as Western Journalism, is an American conservative news and politics website based in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded by political consultant Floyd Brown in 2008.

      History

      Western Journalism founder Floyd Brown also founded the Political Action Committee  (PAC) Citizens United  [Wikipedia: Citizens United, and served as executive director of the Young America's Foundation.

      The site was acquired by Liftable Media, Inc. in 2014, which also owns the political opinion websites Conservative Tribune and Liberty Alliance, and the human-interest website Liftable.com. It also owns and provides content to dozens of conservative Facebook pages.

      Newsweek reported that the site has grown from receiving 1,000 page views a day in 2009 to more than 1 million during 2016.

      In a 2016 story on how fake news spreads on social media, The Intercept reported that "Thanks to views sourced largely to referrals from Facebook, Floyd Brown's websites now outrank web traffic going to news outlets such as the The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, and NPR, according to data compiled by Alexa Internet".

      The company changed its name in 2018 to The Western Journal, hired trained copy editors, and introduced a corrections page. The New York Times reported in 2019 that the site had more than 36 million readers and followers on Facebook.

      Controversy>

      Western Journalism previously stated it featured "conservative, libertarian, free market and pro-family writers and broadcasters" and seeks to provide "God-honoring" content. In practice, according to The New York Times, this philosophy, in which "tradition-minded patriots face ceaseless assault by anti-Christian bigots, diseased migrants and race hustlers concocting hate crimes," results in "a torrent of sensationalized, misleading, or entirely made-up stories, often aimed at Muslims and immigrants." Because of negative rulings by fact-checking sites and user trust surveys, Western Journalism was blacklisted by Google and Apple News, and by 2017 its Facebook traffic declined to near zero.

      In 2019-02, The Western Journal published an article which alleged "Climate Change 'Heat Records' Are a Huge Data Manipulation"  [see: climate change denial]  Scientists criticized the article, saying it was deceptive and that it contradicted existing research. The Western Journal subsequently retracted the article.

      In 2021-11, a study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate described The Western Journal as being among "ten fringe publishers" that together were responsible for nearly 70 percent of Facebook user interactions with content that denied climate change. Facebook disputed the study's methodology.


    Western Standard

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources - see also: Western Standard.

    Canadian disinformation source, originally founded in 2004 by disinformation troll Ezra Levant; later relaunched in 2019 by disinformation troll Derek Fildebrandt.


    Wikipedia

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize.

  • See also: Editorial Practices Concerning Wikipedia-Sourced Material on Persagen.com

  • Wikipedia (Wikipedia entry on Wikipedia).

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Wikipedia Least Biased based on a wide variety of content that often covers pros and cons, right and left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to possible inaccurate or incomplete entries as stated by Wikipedia themselves, that may reflect the personal biases of the top editors and a complete lack of transparency regarding the qualifications and who the editors are.

  • Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED  |  Factual Reporting: MIXED  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY.

  • Bias

    Volunteers edit Wikipedia content rather than the Wikimedia Foundation. Although Wikipedia is edited essentially by anyone, a 2005 study published in the Journal Nature showed that they were just as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica when it comes to scientific information. In another study completed in 2014 by the Public Library of Science, they compared Wikipedia's accuracy on Drug information compared to other sources. The study showed that "Quantitative analysis revealed that the accuracy of drug information in Wikipedia was 99.7%Β±0.2% than the textbook data. The overall completeness of drug information in Wikipedia was 83.8Β±1.5% (p<0.001)." They concluded that "Wikipedia is an accurate and comprehensive source of drug-related information for undergraduate medical education."

    It is nearly impossible to analyze when it comes to bias, as each entry changes frequently and is edited by people with different opinions. In general, most Wikipedia entries cover both positives and negatives and link to mostly credible sources of information to support their claims. Since bias varies from entry to entry and line to line, we rate them least biased as many perspectives are found on Wikipedia; however, each entry may convey the bias of the top editors.

    Analysis

    Full disclosure, I am a Wikipedia editor. A very low-ranking one who has only edited a few entries; however, my experience over the years shows that for each entry, you generally have one or two very high-ranking editors who have almost total control over what is published on the Wiki page. This may lead to bias displayed on some entries. For example, I have edited a page and provided solid evidence from an authoritative credible source, only to find it undone within 30 minutes. I have seen this over and over. In other words, in some cases, entries are not community entries but rather a reflection of the biases of the top Wikipedians (editors). Some have referred to this as a cabal; however, Wikipedia denies that a cabal exists.

    It is also vital to point out that Wikipedia does not consider itself credible. They state the following on their Wikipedia is not a reliable source page: "Wikipedia is not a reliable source for citations elsewhere on Wikipedia. Because anyone can edit it at any time, any information it contains at a particular time could be vandalism, a work in progress, or just plain wrong. Biographies of living persons, subjects that happen to be in the news, and politically or culturally contentious topics are especially vulnerable to these issues. Edits on Wikipedia that are in error are usually fixed after some time. However, because Wikipedia is a volunteer-run project, it cannot constantly monitor every contribution. There are many errors that remain unnoticed for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years. Therefore, Wikipedia should not be considered a definitive source in and of itself."

    They also state, "Articles are only as good as the editors who have been editing them - their interests, education, and background - and the efforts they have put into a particular topic or article." Another consideration is the lack of transparency of editors as they remain anonymous. Therefore, we don't know their backgrounds, and they have no accountability of using their real name in the public sphere. So, in general, Wikipedia is a good resource to start research that will lead to more credible sources of information. Wikipedia also has a solid track record when it comes to science and evidence-based Wiki pages. However, in some cases, the Wiki pages that rely on the opinions of others may be very misleading as they reflect the will and biases of the authoritative editors.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date, however, some entries are not complete or may be inaccurate as stated by Wikipedia.


  • [RenΓ©e DiResta, theAtlantic.com, 2021-07-21] Institutional Authority Has Vanished. Wikipedia Points to the Answer. The crowdsourced reference site can teach the CDC how to communicate in an era of rumors and shifting information.


  • Wikitia

  • [Quora.com, 2020+] What is Wikitia and how is it different from Wikipedia?

  • Wikitia is an English, web-based, free-content verified encyclopedia and based on a model where only verified editors can edit the content. It was created to eliminate the flaws of Wikipedia where admins, editors can make a decision without specializing in a particular topic or field. The Wikipedia editors approve or reject any edit, any page based on their personal experience which is not verified and often disguise the users.


    Wired [Wired.com]

  • Wikipedia entries: Wired  |  Louis Rossetto  |  Libertarianism

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Wired Left-Center biased in wording and report choices and factually high due to proper sourcing.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

  • History

    Based in San Francisco, California, Wired magazine was launched in 1993 by avid libertarian   Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe - Rossetto's partner in business and life. Wired covers the tech industry, such as the internet and digital culture, science, and security. In 1998, Louis Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe sold Wired magazine to CondΓ© Nast [Conde Nast], a unit of Advance Publications Inc., for about $80 million. Former editor of the The New Yorker,   Nicholas Thompson  [Wikipedia: Nicholas Thompson], was named editor in chief of Wired in 2017. Nicholas Thompson is also a contributor for CBS News and regularly appears on CBS This Morning and CBSN. Nicholas Thompson is a co-founder of The Atavist Magazine.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Advance Publications Inc. subsidiary CondΓ© Nast is the current owner of Wired magazine. Wired's business model is primarily built on advertising. However, since 2018-01 Wired - like other CondΓ© Nast publications - is subscription-based, allowing subscribers unlimited access without display advertising. All readers have access to the homepage, section front pages, and four articles per month at no charge before being asked to subscribe.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Wired publishes magazine stories, news analysis, and web stories focusing on technology. In doing so, they utilize emotive language both in their headlines and body of articles such as "Here's how Facebook actually won Trump the presidency." Wired also reports on political issues that are related to the tech industry. For example, editor in chief Nicholas Thompson mentions in an interview, Wired's position on net neutrality and why they report on it. We examined one of those articles, "Kavanaugh On The Supreme Court Could Spell Trouble For Tech," which favors a left-leaning viewpoint on the subject.

    When it comes to sourcing, Wired typically utilizes credible sources such as USCourts.gov,   The Associated Press,   Military.com,   The New York Times,   Bloomberg News, and U.S. News & World Report. Wired also publishes pro-science articles such as "The Complexity of Simply Searching For Medical Advice," and utilizes pro-science sources such as PubMed and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    Failed Fact Checks

    None in the Last 5 years.


    Yahoo! News

  • Note: Yahoo! News is primarily a news aggregator, than a news source.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com:  overall, we rate Yahoo! News Left-Center biased based on aggregation from more left-leaning sources as well as editorial content that slightly favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting (original content) due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

  • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY.

    History

    Founded in 1996, Yahoo! News is a news website that originated as an internet-based news aggregator by the search engine Yahoo! Articles originally came from popular news services such as The Associated Press,   Reuters,   Fox News, and the BBC.

    In 2011, Yahoo! expanded its focus to include original content and in 2012 the website had a correspondent in the White House press corps for the first time. As of January 2019, Yahoo! News ranked sixth among global news sites, ahead of Fox News and behind CNN, according to Alexa Internet.

    Funded by / Ownership

    Several companies in its history have owned Yahoo!, most recently being acquired by Apollo Global Management from Verizon in a deal said to be worth $5 billion. Yahoo! generates revenue through advertising as well as an e-commerce shop.

    Analysis / Bias

    In review, Yahoo! News is primarily a news aggregator, however, they do provide original content written by staff journalists. First, we will examine the sources used for aggregation. Yahoo! News breaks news down to the following categories: U.S., World, Politics, Originals, and Health. Under U.S. news, Yahoo! News aggregates content exclusively from Reuters. Under World News, they use a combination of Reuters,   The Associated Press, Christian Science Monitor, and Agence France-Presse.

    The Politics section consists of only original content written by Yahoo! Staff, as does the Originals section. Under the Health tab, there are various sources used, with none of them being High Science. Most stories are derived from magazines like Self, Shape, and Men's Health. Finally, under the News Home tab, they list all the stories from all the categories. On 4/4/2019, we reviewed the first 100 stories on the homepage and calculated percentages based on the bias of sources used. The results indicate Yahoo! News selects more left-leaning sources. See the charts below.

    Yahoo!'s original content found on the Politics page leans left in wording and story selection, such as this: "Trump just a blowhard on windmills, lawmakers say of 'idiotic' comments." However, they will also publish information that is not favorable to Democrats, like this: Seven women have now accused Joe Biden of inappropriate touching. On a whole, after reviewing dozens of original political news stories, more favor the left than the right. Further, original content is properly sourced to credible media outlets.

    Failed Fact Checks

    None to date.


    Zero Hedge

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  ZeroHedge.com

  • Type: news aggregation website.

  • ZeroHedge.com / ABC Media, LTD

  • [BusinessInsider.com, 2020-02-01] Finance blog Zero Hedge was banned from Twitter for Wuhan coronavirus misinformation. It's not the first time the publication has raised eyebrows. Source

    • Zero Hedge, a financial blog that rose to popularity in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, was permanently suspended from Twitter for what the platform deemed as spreading misinformation over the Wuhan coronavirus.

    • The site has been described as "far-right" and "pro-Trump" after it was first established as a strong voice offering counter-culture takes in finance and politics.


    Additional Reading

  • [πŸ“Œ pinned article] Alden Global Capital (erosion of local news; ...)


  • [Economist.com, 2022-02-17] Private equity is buying up America's newspapers.  It may be helping more than it's hurting.

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        Private equity is buying up America's newspapers.  [Source]

      America's local newspapers are struggling to stay afloat. Since 2005 roughly 2,200 local newspapers have folded. Private equity firms, which often swoop on companies in distress, have descended on the industry. Nationwide the share of newspapers owned by private equity increased from 5% to 23% between 2001 and 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new opportunities for private-equity firms to purchase troubled media companies. Many fear that their readiness to slash costs while seeking out new revenue sources will be bad for newsrooms. New evidence suggests that it's not quite that simple.

      Private equity is keeping newspapers in business. In a new working paper, researchers at the California Institute of Technology and New York University compare how newspapers that were purchased by private-equity firms fared relative to those that were not. They found that newspapers that were bought by private equity firms were 75% less likely to shut down. Daily papers were also 60% less likely to become weekly publications (a common downgrade for suffering newspapers). Buy-outs, this suggests, could be a lifeboat for the struggling industry.

      But there's a catch. After private-equity buy-outs, papers laid off reporters and editors. Across a sample of 766 American newspapers (accounting for around 45% of total circulation), the researchers found that payrolls were about 7% lower at papers with new private-equity capital than if they had not been bought out. They also found a 16.7% relative decline in the number of articles written within five years of the buy-outs (though, admittedly, that is better than going out of business). And they identified a change in focus from local to national news: the share of articles on local politics dropped by about a tenth.

      For investors who want to make profits fast, local coverage is a losing battle. But its absence is taking a toll. Readers are increasingly apathetic towards local news - a survey in 2018 by the Pew Research Centre, a think-tank, found that only 14% of respondents paid for local papers that year - and instead seek out national online media. Local reporting is expensive, because it requires journalists on the ground and cannot be syndicated. In a study published last year [2021], researchers at Colorado State UniversityLouisiana State University, and Texas A&M University concluded that when readers consume national news their views become more polarised. Poor local coverage is also associated with less competitive mayoral elections, and newsroom staff shortages are linked to lower voter turnout.

      The authors caution that they cannot estimate the general causal effect of private-equity buy-outs, but only the effect on the newspapers in their sample. Private-equity firms do not purchase newspapers randomly. They target failing newsrooms with potential for turnaround; papers with low circulation but high advertising rates were more likely to be bought, they found. But for the newspapers studied, the buy-outs may have been what allowed them to survive. The accompanying weakening of newsrooms may be the lesser of two evils.

  • [CBC.ca, 2021-12-07] Spy agency warned Trudeau China's tactics becoming more "sophisticated ... insidious".  CSIS says foreign interference operations "have become normalized."

    • As Canada's spy agency warns that China's efforts to distort the news and influence media outlets in Canada "have become normalized," critics are renewing calls for Ottawa to take a far tougher approach to foreign media interference. The warning is contained in briefing documents drafted for Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Director David Vigneault in preparation for a meeting he had with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year [2021]. That meeting focused on the rise of foreign interference in Canada - something CSIS says has become "more sophisticated, frequent, and insidious."

      One way foreign states - including the People's Republic of China (PRC) - try to exert pressure on other countries is through media outlets, say the documents, obtained through an access to information request. "In particular, PRC media influence activities in Canada have become normalized," it reads. "Chinese-language media outlets operating in Canada and members of the Chinese-Canadian community are primary targets of PRC-directed foreign influenced activities."

      CSIS spokesperson John Townsend said foreign states target both mainstream media outlets - print publications, radio and television programs - and non-traditional online outlets and social media channels to pursue their goals. "Mainstream news outlets, as well as community sources, may also be targeted by foreign states who attempt to shape public opinion, debate, and covertly influence participation in the democratic process," he said. "Considering Canada's rich multicultural makeup, foreign states may try to leverage or coerce individuals within communities to help influence to their benefit what is being reported by Canadian media outlets."

      China has an effective influence network, report finds

      It's a tactic former Conservative Party of Canada MP Kenny Chiu said he knows all too well. He said he was targeted during the 2021 Canadian federal election by a misinformation campaign run through Chinese language media outlets and social media. "If that's the normal behaviour, then we should really become concerned," he said. Chiu said he was attacked online as anti-Chinese after introducing a private member's bill that would require agents of foreign governments to register and report on their activities. He lost the British Columbia riding of Steveston-Richmond East to Liberal Party of Canada   Parm Bains by almost 3,000 votes. "I just felt, first of all, very sad. I feel ridiculous. I feel sad because some of my fellow Canadians of Chinese descent, why would they even believe in this information?" he said.

      Earlier this year, Alliance Canada Hong Kong - an umbrella group for Hong Kong pro-democracy activists in this country - released a report  [local copy] alleging the Chinese Communist Party runs a sophisticated network that inserts Beijing-friendly narratives into various media outlets. The report says China has been exploiting a lack of oversight in short-staffed newsrooms to push the party line abroad. It says China sometimes pushes those narratives in the open - through sponsored posts or advertorial inserts written by Chinese party-state media - while groups closely tied to Chinese authorities buy digital or print ads parroting party rhetoric. "It's meant to portray that it's indicative they're the group that speaks on behalf of all Chinese folks, all the Canadian Chinese [Chinese Canadians], which is just not true," said Ai-Men Lau  local copy], an adviser with Alliance Canada Hong Kong. China also uses its toehold in Canadian ethnic Chinese media to keep journalists in line, she said.

      [ ... snip ... ]


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