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Notes on sources of information to Persagen

The following content details primary sources of information to Persagen.com { accepted | accepted with warnings | excluded }.


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

Contents

Critical News Literacy

  • Critical literacy is the ability to find embedded discrimination in media. This is done by analyzing the messages promoting prejudiced power relationships found naturally in media and written material that go unnoticed otherwise by reading beyond the author's words and examining the manner in which the author has conveyed his or her ideas about society's norms to determine whether these ideas contain racial or gender inequality. ...

  • Media literacy is an expanded conceptualization of literacy that includes the ability to access and analyze media messages as well as create, reflect and take action, using the power of information and communication to make a difference in the world. Media literacy is not restricted to one medium and is understood as a set of competencies that are essential for work, life, and citizenship. Media literacy education is the process used to advance media literacy competencies, and it is intended to promote awareness of media influence and create an active stance towards both consuming and creating media. Media literacy education is part of the curriculum in the United States and some European Union countries, and an interdisciplinary global community of media scholars and educators engages in knowledge sharing through scholarly and professional journals and national membership associations. ...

  • The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as a "set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning". ...

  • Digital literacy refers to an individual's ability to find, evaluate, and communicate information through typing and other media on various digital platforms. It is evaluated by an individual's grammar, composition, typing skills and ability to produce text, images, audio and designs using technology. The American Library Association (ALA) defines digital literacy as "the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills." ...

  • Fake news is false or misleading information presented as news. Fake news often has the aim of damaging the reputation of a person or entity, or making money through advertising revenue. ...

  • The News Literacy Project is a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, based in Washington, D.C., that provides resources for educators, students, and the general public to help them learn to identify credible information, recognize misinformation and disinformation, and determine what they can trust, share, and act on. ... As an academic discipline, news literacy is widely considered a subset of media literacy and information literacy. The American Society of News Editors' Youth Journalism Initiative defines news literacy as "the acquisition of 21st-century, critical-thinking skills for analyzing and judging the reliability of news and information, differentiating among facts, opinions and assertions in the media we consume, create and distribute. It can be taught most effectively in cross-curricular, inquiry-based formats at all grade levels. It is a necessary component for literacy in contemporary society." ...


  • Preface

    This "sources" list is comprehensive, but not authoritative: some source inclusions / exclusions are not listed. It is mostly a compendium of information (i.e. a quick reference).

    In rare instances (e.g. when a trusted author posts to a questionable site), their source material may be used. In those cases, an explanatory comment is usually attached.

    Nevertheless, in all instances the suitability of the source material (trust, accuracy, truth, ...) is carefully considered prior to curating / excluding that content.


    Editorial practices at Persagen.com

    Standard practices

    Abbreviations

  • To assist the reader, abbreviations may be occasionally redefined - e.g. " ... the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently ...". Abbreviations may be entirely replaced with the actual term, if used infrequently.

  • Persagen.com is fully supportive of human rights and liberties - including the right to self-identity and self-expression - and non-discriminatory viz-a-viz minority groups.

  • Character encoding

  • UTF-8 ("unicode") character encoding is used. UTF-8 is a variable-length character encoding standard used for electronic communication. Defined by the Unicode Standard, the name is derived from Unicode (or Universal Coded Character Set) Transformation Format - 8-bit. UTF-8 is capable of encoding all 1,112,064 valid character code points in Unicode using one to four one-byte (8-bit) code units. UTF-8 was designed for backward compatibility with ASCII: the first 128 characters of Unicode, which correspond one-to-one with ASCII, are encoded using a single byte with the same binary value as ASCII, so that valid ASCII text is valid UTF-8-encoded Unicode as well.

  • For consistency and other concerns, the default coding for text on Persagen.com. is UTF-8.

  • Dates

  • Dates follow the yyyy-mm-dd format (e.g. 2023-04-27), and may be edited to this format. Similarly, "February 2023" may be edited as "2023-02".

  • To assist readers' understanding of dates mentioned in articles and text, where possible dates are added to date-related material. Where references to occurrences in past weeks are uncertain from the provided text, the date may be generally provided as a month (in yyyy-mm format). If there is some uncertainty, a question mark may be appended to the date. For example:

  • Grammar

  • Egregiously poor grammar may be lightly corrected - taking care to faithfully preserve the author's original content and intent.

  • Other practices

  • Obvious errors are summarily corrected.

  • Supplementing sourced material and to assist reader comprehension, links to external sources are sometimes added. For example:

  • Named entities and coreference resolution

  • In information extraction, a named entity is a real-world object - such as a person, location, organization, product, etc. - that can be denoted with a proper name. Examples of named entities include Barack Obama, New York City, Volkswagen Golf - or anything else that can be named.

  • Coreference resolution is the task of finding all expressions that refer to the same entity in a text. To derive the correct interpretation of a text, or even to estimate the relative importance of various mentioned subjects, pronouns and other referring expressions must be connected to the right individuals.

  • To assist human and machine comprehension of sourced text - particularly where fragments of text are retrieved (e.g. individual sentences or paragraphs in summaries) - named entities (persons; places; organizations; ...) are explicitly stated in the edited materials, when indirectly referred to in the source material. Likewise, personal names are fully stated. While this may appear overly-redundant to human readers, the interpretation of the content is more explicit, and this practice will assist downstream natural language processing - improving, for example, the accuracy of relationship extraction. and knowledge graph construction.

  • Examples:

  • Spelling

  • American spelling is generally preferred. Misspellings will be corrected or explicitly indicated; e.g.: " allmost (sic)".

  • Transliteration

  • Transliteration is a type of conversion of a text from one script to another that involves swapping letters in predictable ways, such as Greek ⟨α⟩ β†’ ⟨a⟩, or Latin ⟨æ⟩ β†’ ⟨ae⟩.

  • In writing and typography, a ligature occurs where two or more graphemes or letters are joined to form a single glyph. Examples are the characters Γ¦ and Ε“ used in English and French, in which the letters 'a' and 'e' are joined for the first ligature and the letters 'o' and 'e' are joined for the second ligature. For stylistic and legibility reasons, 'f' and 'i' are often merged to create 'fi' ...

  • To assist information search and retrieval, transliteration is often applied, replacing ligatures and other less common characters are often replaced with their plain-text versions. Likewise, plain-text copies of accented words may be indicated, solely for information indexing, search and retrieval. Examples: " A protΓ©gΓ© (protege) is an apprentice ..."; "Jean Γ‰calle (Jean Ecalle; born 1947) is a French mathematician ...".

  • To aid searching, key words and terms with accented letters are sometimes addended with the plain-text version (parenthesized); e.g.:

  • Em-dashes, en-dashes, and other less common ligatures are also replaced with their plain-text versions - again to assist searching.

  • Visual aids

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

  • URLs are not underlined unless hovered over with the cursor.

  • URLs within the Persagen.com domain are colored green.

  • In more recent practice, links external to the Persagen.com domain are indicated with the external link icon. Links to mail and PDF files are similarly indicated.


  • Editorial Practices at Persagen.com concerning Wikipedia-sourced material

    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.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2023-05-03] Vivek Ramaswamy Paid Wikipedia Editors to Erase His Soros Fellowship and Covid WorkHe announced his 2024 bid after making sure his Wikipedia page was edited. ... After some back-and-forth with other Wikipedia contributors, information noting Ramaswamy's Soros fellowship was later added back to Vivek Ramaswamy's Wikipedia page. ...

  • ...
  • 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 inserted in or appended to the original (source) Wikipedia article.

  • 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 at Persagen.com concerning Wikipedia-sourced material: 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 at Persagen.com concerning machine-generated material

  • Keywords: ChatGPT  [GPT-3-based]  |  large language models: GPT-{2,3,4}  |  synthetic {data; media}  |  transformer-based language models, e.g. GPT-3-generated large language models

  • artificial intelligence  (AI):


  • Synthetic content - easily generated by AI (ML; NLP) - is excluded from sources of information on Persagen.com due to use of generative models (i.e. machine learning / natural language processing) to generate content - leading to multiple issues including misinformation.

    Generative models - such as large language models - are trained on vast quantities of text (e.g. all news media; all of Wikipedia; social media; encyclopediae; ...) and images / video (for those applied to computer vision-based applications - e.g. DALL-E). When presented with new inputs, these "pretrained" models probabilistically generate responses based on the preceding word or character - building the response based on the highest probability match from the context within the pretrained model data. The key phrase here is generative model - based on the pretrained model, the output from prompted text is wholly probabilistically determined - void of any understanding of the meaning of the text.

    While large language models have been spectacularly successful at generating facsimile documents, stories, technical and scientific papers, computer code, etc., the generated content may or may not be factual.

    The probabilistic (generative; hallucinative; hegemonic) of large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT,   GPT-3, and GPT-4 are problematic insofar as the data these models are trained on include misinformation, disinformation, and other biases. While these LLMs can be prompted (prompt engineering) to provide more factual information, the same approach can be used to tailor generated content to specific purposes (e.g. right-wing populist rhetoric). However, an encouraging trend is the use of augmented LLMs - particularly those (e.g. Meta's   Toolformer) which can use APIs to independently search, retrieve, and edit LLM responses. Finally - to date (2023-04-29) - LLM largely remain black box models - with little factual or theoretical knowledge of how they work, and less so any emergent properties they might possess.

    Furthermore, large language and deepfake models may be weaponized.

    Synthetic data - which looks real and is authoritatively presented - has the potential to cause irreparable societal harm (algorithmic bias  |  culture wars  |  filter bubbles  |  identity politics). This is particularly concerning given the ease of online access to large language models such as ChatGPT  [Β§ Features and limitations], and their use by activists in the political domain - analogous to how Citizens United v. FEC unleashed the scourge of dark money exacerbating political corruption of American politics and legislation.

    Consequently, sources known to rely on generative models are excluded as sources of data on Persagen.com.


    Recent media discussion on machine-generated content

  • Wikipedia statement on large language models.


  • [Vice.com, 2022-07-07] AI Trained on 4Chan Becomes 'Hate Speech Machine'.  After 24 hours, the nine bots running on 4chan had posted 15,000 times.  |  Wikipedia entry

  • [theVerge.com, 2022-06-08] YouTuber trains AI bot on 4chan's pile o' bile with entirely predictable resultsYes, you can make a toxic AI bot, but to what end?

  • [reddit.com/r/ControlProblem, 2022-12-04] I gave ChatGPT the 117 question, eight dimensional PolitiScales test.  |  discussion: Hacker News: 2022-12-06

  • [2022-12-12, arXiv.org] "I think this is the most disruptive technology:" Exploring Sentiments of ChatGPT Early Adopters using Twitter Data.

  • [2022-12-13, Reason.com] Where Does ChatGPT Fall on the Political Compass?.  We asked the hot new artificial intelligence system to take four popular political quizzes. Guess what we found...  |  discussion: Hacker News: 2022-12-30

  • [2023-01-05, arXiv.org] The political ideology of conversational AI: Converging evidence on ChatGPT's pro-environmental, left-libertarian orientation.

  • [2023-01-13, arXiv.org] The moral authority of ChatGPT.

  • [CNN.com, 2023-01-26] BuzzFeed says it will use AI to help create content, stock jumps 150%.  |  discussion: Hacker News: 2023-01-27  |  COMMENT (2023-01-27): BuzzFeed is already red-flagged / excluded as a source of information on Persagen.com.

  • [Truthout.org, 2023-01-31] BuzzFeed's AI-Produced Content Experiment Is a Glimpse Into a Bleak FutureWe can expect a media universe where a shrinking labor force is exploited to feed ChatGPT so it can churn out clickbait.

  • [arXiv.org, 2023-02-06] A Categorical Archive of ChatGPT Failures. ... Ten categories of failures, including reasoning, factual errors, math, coding, and bias, are presented and discussed. The risks, limitations, and societal implications of ChatGPT are also highlighted. ...

  • [MIT Technology Review, 2023-02-14] Why you shouldn't trust AI search engines. ... Approximately two seconds after Microsoft let people poke around with its new ChatGPT-powered Bing search engine, people started finding that it responded to some questions with incorrect or nonsensical answers - such as conspiracy theories. Google had an embarrassing moment when scientists spotted a factual error in Google's own advertisement for its chatbot - Bard - which subsequently wiped $100 billion off Google's share price. ...

  • [MIT Technology Review, 2023-03-14] How AI could write our laws. ChatGPT and other AIs could supercharge the influence of lobbyists - but only if we let them. ... Nearly 90% of the multibillion-dollar federal lobbying apparatus in the United States serves corporate interests. In some cases, the objective of that money is obvious. Google pours millions into lobbying on bills related to antitrust regulation. Big energy companies expect action whenever there is a move to end drilling leases for federal lands, in exchange for the tens of millions they contribute to congressional reelection campaigns. But lobbying strategies are not always so blunt, and the interests involved are not always so obvious. ...

  • [arXiv.org, 2023-04-21] The Dark Side of ChatGPT: Legal and Ethical Challenges from Stochastic Parrots and Hallucination.

  • [CTVNews.ca, 2023-05-02] Dozens of websites generating low-quality 'clickbait' content using AI: study.  A new study from NewsGuard revealed dozens of websites around the world are using artificial intelligence to generate low-quality 'clickbait' articles in order to make money off of advertisements. NewsGuard identified 49 websites that appear to be almost entirely generated by artificial intelligence software - producing high volumes of articles relating to a variety of topics such as politics, health, entertainment, finance and technology. ...

  • [Economist.com, 2023-05-04] Artificial intelligence is remixing journalism into a "soup" of languageThe rise of the robot reporter implies profound changes to the nature of the news.

  • (arXiv.org, 2023-05-08) A Drop of Ink Makes a Million Think: The Spread of False Information in Large Language Models.


  • Editorial practices at Persagen.com concerning social media  [Google; Meta (Facebook); Reddit; ...]

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.  Social media platforms such as Google, Meta (Facebook), Twitter, Reddit, ... are excluded as primary sources of information.

  • Robertson, C.E. et al. (2023) Negativity drives online news consumption.   Nature Human Behaviour.   DOI: 10.1038/s41562-023-01538-4  |  Discussion: Hacker News: 2023-03-17

  • [2022-10-23, theWire.in] The Wire Retracts Its Meta Stories.  Given the discrepancies that have come to our attention via our review so far, The Wire will also conduct a thorough review of previous reporting done by the technical team involved in our Meta coverage.  |  Discussion: Hacker News: 2022-10-23 | Comment: "Apparently this is a different "Wire" from India, which has nothing to do with "Wired" the popular magazine.

  • [Truthout.org, 2022-11-17] Facebook Will No Longer Fact-Check Trump Now That He's a Presidential Candidate.


  • 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 authors and content for bias and truthfulness.

  • 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 authors and content for bias and truthfulness.

    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 a state of intellectual isolation known as a filter bubble (information bubbles).

  • 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 [19th News]

  • Wikipedia: The 19th entry

  • U.S. IRS Form 990: ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer: 19th News

  • Home page (19thNews.org): The 19th News

  • Media Bias Fact Check: The 19th News, 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.

  • [19thNews.org, 2024-01-26] The 19th turns four: What we've accomplished - and what's to come.  On our anniversary, we're reflecting on the work that our readers have made possible and what's next in the consequential year ahead.

  • [19thNews.org] How to watch: The 19th's 'Breaking the News' film premieres on PBS.  A documentary about The 19th's early days will be available nationwide. Here's where you can watch or stream it. | Independent Lens:sp Breaking The News | discussion: mastodon.social/@Persagen

  • [19thNews.org, 2023-04-18] A documentary about The 19th makes its world premiere at Tribeca.  "Breaking The News" follows our team through the trials and tribulations of start-up days to capture some of the biggest stories of our lifetimes.

  • (19thNews.org, 2023-06-07) The 19th partners with Digital Women Leaders to provide mentorship to Frances Ellen Watkins Harper fellows.  As part of the partnership, each of the The 19th's five Frances Ellen Watkins Harper fellows will be paired with a mentor who specializes in the concentration the fellow is focused on.


  • 60 Minutes

    ⚠️ CAUTION: generally factual but sometimes potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Notable examples include fluffy pieces by 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl.

  • Wikipedia, 2023-04-03:

  • 60 Minutes: Questionable Lesley Stahl's interviews

  • [Advocate.com, 2021-05-24] 60 Minutes Story Focuses on Transition Regret, Gets SlammedA controversial segment gave credence to those who question trans identity.

  • [2023-04-03, NewRepublic.com] What on Earth Was 60 Minutes Thinking With That Marjorie Taylor Greene Interview?This was a masterclass in how not to interview someone on the far-right.


  • Agence France Presse (AFP)

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Concerns regarding questionable content are due, in part, to ties to and funding from the French government. This concern is partly mitigated by virtue of the AFP Fact Check service - a department within Agence France Presse (AFP), a multi-lingual, multicultural news agency whose mission is to provide accurate, balanced and impartial coverage of news wherever and whenever it happens in the world on a continuous basis. As guaranteed by its founding statute, AFP speaks with an independent voice free from political, commercial or ideological influence. These commitments are reflected in AFP's Charter and editorial standards, which are detailed here.

  • 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.


  • American Oversight

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. American Oversight is a politically biased, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that won't disclose it's funding, donors - carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2022-02-11:


  • 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.


  • Atlas Obscura

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to fake articles (disinformation) - a consequence of reliance on user-generated content, such as fabricator Blair Mastbaum.

  • Home page: Atlas Obscura

  • Wikipedia, 2024-01-29: Atlas Obscura

  • Media Bias Fact Check: Atlas Obscura

  • [πŸ›‘ The Walrus (theWalrus.ca), 2024-01-26] Around the World in Eighty Lies.  How a writer fabricated a series of stories for Atlas Obscura. | Discussion: Hacker News, 2024-01-29


  • Atlantic, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. The Atlantic has a history of publishing transphobic content - which warrants closer scrutiny: [theNation.com, 2023-02-23] I Signed The New York Times Open Letter. I Have More to SayThe New York Times is not alone in its obscene coverage of transgender people. ... Other prestigious publications like The Atlantic,   The New Yorker, and New York Magazine have played their part in pushing forward narratives that put the lives of trans people in danger. ...

  • 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.

  • [theAtlantic.com, 2023-03-29] A Great Day for The AtlanticThe magazine won the top honor at the 2023 National Magazine Awards.


  • 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  |  proto-neo-fascism:   Axios fires reporter who called Ron DeSantis' press release "propaganda"  |  ... }; ...

  • 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.


  • [Truthout.org, 2023-03-16] Axios Fires Reporter for Calling DeSantis Press Release "Propaganda" in EmailThe termination is a show of how "neutral" media outlets inevitably prop up fascism.

  • [NPR.org, 2022-08-08] Axios agrees to sell to Cox for $525 million in cash.


  • Baltimore Sun

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to January 2024 purchase by notorious right-wing millionaire / Trumpist David D. Smith, the executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group - a donor to far-right political messaging machines like πŸ›‘ Project Veritas, and πŸ›‘ Turning Point USA [main page]

  • [Popular.info, 2024-01-17] Right-wing media mogul David D. Smith buys the Baltimore Sun. David D. Smith, the executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group (Sinclair), purchased the Baltimore Sun - the largest newspaper in Maryland - for an undisclosed sum.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2024-01-17] Baltimore Sun's New Right-Wing Owner Kicks Things Off by Insulting Everyone on Staff.  David Smith, of the Sinclair Broadcasting Group, is laying out a dangerous vision for Maryland's largest daily newspaper.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2024-01-19] The Baltimore Sun's New Owner Isn't Exactly a Paragon of "Family Values".  David Smith, of the conservative Sinclair Broadcasting Group, has a very, very different past.


  • Bangor Daily News

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to historical right-wing bias towards conservatism and the Republican Party, and historical revisionism (e.g. Martin Luther King Jr.'s  I Have a Dream speech.

  • Website: Bangor Daily News

  • Wikipedia: Bangor Daily News, 2023-01-18:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: Bangor Daily News, 2022-03-18:

  • [NPR.org, 2023-01-18] Maine newspaper apologizes for running a redacted version of 'I Have a Dream' speech.


  • BBC

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Concerns include entrenched conservatism. As an example, the BBC, like The New York Times, irritatingly employs pronouns when referring to persons: Mr. * ; Mrs. *; ... - unilaterally enforcing binary gender assignment.

  • 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 authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Concerns include ownership of influential news /mass media by multibillionaires: The Washington Post is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Bulwark, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources. Concerns include a strong right-wing bias [masquerading as left-wing politics], and staffing from the defunct The Weekly Standard. [The Weekly Standard was an American neoconservative political magazine originally edited by founders Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, which was described as a "redoubt of neoconservatism" and as "the neocon bible."] "In general, this is a moderate right-leaning source that does not support Donald Trump"

    See also:


  • The Bulwark (Wikipedia, 2022-11-07):


  • Sarah Longwell  (Wikipedia, 2022-11-07)


  • The Bulwark  (MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2021-05-23):  overall, we rate The Bulwark Right-Center Biased based on story selection and political affiliation that moderately favors the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.


  • 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; ...

  • [CBC.ca, 2023-04-20] BuzzFeed shutting down News division, laying of 15% of all staff.  Shares of the digital media company were down 10% on Thursday (2023-04-20).


  • 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 due to strong left-wing bias: carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. For example, note contributions by American political writer Chris Hedges, who (for example) hosted the television program On Contact for RT America from 2016 to 2022. RT America is a U.S.-based propaganda network. RT America was a part of the RT network (RT.com: "Russian Television"), a global multilingual television news network based in Moscow and funded by the Russian government.

  • Wikipedia entry

  • 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.


  • 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 InfluenceWatch.org  [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


  • 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.


  • CNET

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to use of generative models (machine learning / natural language processing) to generate content - leading to multiple issues including misinformation. See: Editorial practices at Persagen.com concerning machine-generated material.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: CNET, 2022-07-08:

  • Wikipedia: CNET  ("News.com" redirects there), 2023-01-24:


  • [Futurism.com, 2023-01-11] CNET Is Quietly Publishing Entire Articles Generated By AI.  "This article was generated using automation technology," reads a dropdown description.  |  discussion: reddit.com/r/Journalism: 2023-01-11

  • [Engadget.com, 2023-01-11] CNET has used an AI to write financial explainers nearly 75 times since 2022-11.  CNET Money Staff byline wasn't so much a set of employees as a heavily edited text generator.

  • [theVerge.com, 2023-01-19] Inside CNET's AI-powered SEO money machine.  Fake bylines. Content farming. Affiliate fees. What happens when private equity takes over a storied news site and milks it for clicks?

  • [Futurism.com, 2023-01-23] CNET's AI Journalist Appears to Have Committed Extensive Plagiarism.  CNET's AI-written articles aren't just riddled with errors. They also appear to be substantially plagiarized.  |  discussion: Hacker News: 2023-01-24

  • [theVerge.com, 2023-08-09] CNET is deleting old articles to try to improve its Google Search ranking.  The tech news site has been 'pruning' older stories in an effort to show Google that its content is 'fresh, relevant and worthy of being placed higher than our competitors in search results,' according to an internal memo.  |  discussion: Hacker News: 2023-08-09


  • CNN

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources due to multiple failed fact checks, and numerous biases: billionaire influence  |  support for Donald Trump  |  transphobia  |  ...

  • 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: Billionaire influence

  • [FAIR.org, 2022-02-17] Trump Donor John Malone Could Soon Be Calling Shots at CNN.

  • CNN: Support of Donald Trump

    On 2023-05-10 CNN hosted Donald Trump, with predictable results.

  • [Truthout.org, 2023-05-11] Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flames CNN for "Profoundly Irresponsible" Trump Town HallCNN gifted Donald Trump over an hour to tell lies to the American public on Wednesday night (2023-05-10).

  • [CommonDreams.org, 2023-05-11] 'It Was Shameful': CNN Faces Furious Backlash for Giving Trump a Megaphone to Spew Lies"They put a sexual abuse victim in harm's way for views," said Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "This was a choice to platform lies about the election and Jan. 6th."

  • [theAtlantic.com, 2023-05-10] CNN Renews the Trump ShowIn an unhinged town hall, the former president repeated familiar lies and tested new talking points.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2023-05-10] Trump Was Awful. CNN Was Worse Kaitlan Collins and the network's journalists tried their best. But the execs, from Chris Licht on down, brought total shame on themselves, journalism, and America.

  • [theNation.com, 2023-05-10] CNN Showcases Trump. He Brutalizes One of Its Stars - and the TruthDespite her best efforts, moderator Kaitlan Collins could not "fact-check a lie machine," in one CNN star's words. It was a predictable shit show.

  • [MotherJones.com, 2023-05-10] Trump Mocked E. Jean Carroll Live on CNN. The Audience LaughedAn hour of pure misogyny.

  • [19thNews.org, 2023-05-10] Trump uses CNN town hall to insult a woman he assaultedThe crowd of potential GOP primary voters in New Hampshire responded to Trump's attacks on E. Jean Carroll, who won a civil suit against him Tuesday, with laughter.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2023-05-10] CNN Lets Donald Trump Smear E. Jean Carroll, As Audience Laughs AlongTrump was found liable of sexual abuse. His base doesn't even care.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2023-05-10] CNN's Trump Town Hall Was a Total DisasterTrump told a record number of lies during the town hall, and he got away with it.

  • [NewRepublic.com, 2023-05-10] Trump Has No Regrets About January 6  (2021-01-06 U.S. Capitol insurrection). The former president was given several opportunities during a CNN town hall to disavow the insurrection. He refused.


  • CNN: Transphobia

  • See also main article: transphobia.

  • [Frankie de la Cretaz, theNation.com, 2023-05-12] How Women's Swimming Got So TransphobicAlmost no other sport is as hostile to trans athletes - and that's because its culture created the perfect conditions for transphobia to take root.



  • 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 authors and content for bias and truthfulness (particularly sources of information for posted content).

  • 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.


  • Conversation, The

  • Wikipedia: The Conversation, 2023-01-01:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: The Conversation, 2021-04-05:


  • C-SPAN

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: C-SPAN:


  • 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.

  • (2023-05-30, bc.CTVNews.ca) CTV News Vancouver wins prestigious journalism award.

  • 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 due to misinformation, transphobic content, ...

  • Wikipedia entry


  • The Daily Wire MediaBiasFactcheck entry: QUESTIONABLE SOURCE

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


  • Wikipedia, 2022-09-23: Matt Walsh:


  • 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 authors and content for bias and truthfulness. 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.


  • Dispatch, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to associations with Harlan Crow - a leading donor to the Republican Party, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and conservative causes (including undisclosed gifts to U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Harlan Crow is a minority investor in The Dispatch, and a friend to the co-founders of The Dispatch.

    The Dispatch cofounder and editor in chief Jonah Goldberg is also a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute - a right-wing think tank, where Harlan Crow serves on the board of trustees. Previously, Jonah Goldberg was a senior fellow at the National Review Institute - the nonprofit affiliated with the conservative National Review magazine. The National Review Institute has regularly hosted its debate series at Harlan Crow's Old Parkland campus.


  • Wikipedia: The Dispatch, captured 2023-04-11.


  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: The Dispatch, captured 2023-04-11.


  • [Jacobin.com, 2023-04-11] Conservative Pundits Are Defending Clarence Thomas and His Megadonor.  Right-wing pundits are defending Justice Clarence Thomas and his billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow, claiming that a failure to disclose two decades of luxury trips is no cause for concern. They've also all neglected to mention their financial ties to Harlan Crow.


  • Economist, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness.


    Engadget


    Epoch Media Group

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.


    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)


    Federalist, The

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.


    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


    FiveThirtyEight


    Floodlight


    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


    Fox News

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


    Georgia Straight, The [Straight  |  Straight.com]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: : potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. UPDATE (2022-12-19): I yellow-flagged the hitherto generally reliable Georgia Straight out of concern of the sale of of the financially-troubled weekly to new owners of unknown backgrounds and ideologies (Overstory Media Group). Despite the large media team, no biographies provided, and background information provided is minimal.

  • The Georgia Straight  (Wikipedia, 2022-12-19):


  • Global News

  • Wikipedia: Global News, 2023-01-06:

  • 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 authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Concerns include potential conservative,   neoliberal, and libertarian ideologies.


    Go.com


    Google News

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Concerns include ownership by Google, a deeply-entrenched, hyper-wealthy advertising platform - and concerns regarding algorithmic bias.


    Gray Zone | theGrayZone.com

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources.


    Grist

  • ... American Society of Magazine Editors Announces Winners of 2023 National Magazine Awards : ... The most prestigious honor - "General Excellence" - went to four publications. Winners were: The AtlanticThe Marshall Project,  and two first-time winners: Cook's Illustrated, and Grist. ...


  • 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.


    International Fact-Checking Network [IFCN; Poynter Institute]

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content; carefully scrutinize authors and content for bias and truthfulness. Concerns include funding of the Poynter Institute from the notoriously neoliberal billionaire Charles Koch via the Charles Koch Institute, left-wing billionaire George Soros via the Open Society Foundations, and other wealthy contributors. 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. Senator 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:


  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists [ICIJ]


    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"


  • Glenn Greenwald's transition to ally of bigotry.  Greenwald's brand of anti-trans activist journalism could well lead to violence, even if that's not his intent.


  • 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.


  • KeyWiki.org

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to political bias and founding and operation by conspiracy theorist Trevor Loudon.

  • Wikipedia: Trevor Loudon, 2023-01-27:

  • Los Angeles Times (LA 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • The Lever

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content due to political bias, and associations with The Guardian and Politico - carefully scrutinize.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com, 2022-04-12: The Lever

  • [LeverNews.com, 2023-04-30] Coverage Without CompromiseIn accepting this year's Izzy Award, The Lever's  Andrew Perez highlights the importance of reader-supported adversarial journalism. Following is a transcript of Andrew Perez's moving speech this week (2023-04) when he accepted the 2023 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media on behalf of The Lever. ...


  • Logically.ai

  • 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.


  • 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.


    Maple, The [The Maple]

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

    Formerly / see entry for: North99.


    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: MIT Technology Review, 2021-07-02:

  • Wikipedia: MIT Technology Review, 2023-01-24:


  • 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

  • The Narwhal:  About us:

  • [theNarwhal.ca, 2023-05-08] The Narwhal, editor-in-chief Emma Gilchrist honoured at National Newspaper AwardsEmma Gilchrist took home the award for best long feature, while The Narwhal was honoured with four citations of merit for work published in 2022.

  • [theNarwhal.ca, 2023-04-15] The Narwhal wins Canadian Association of Journalists award for human rights reportingPhotojournalist Ian Willms won the award for his work capturing the impacts of Alberta's oil and gas industry on the people of Fort Chipewyan.

  • [theNarwhal.ca, 2023-02-24] The Narwhal snags eight award nominations from the Canadian Association of Journalists.  Our plucky non-profit news outlet picked up the second-most nominations of any news organization.


  • 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.


  • 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: history of Postmedia Network's history of transphobic content  (transphobia);   right-wing / far-right / populist biases (editors; contributers; journalists); American part-ownership;, declining financials;, ties to the United States Republican Party  (neo-fascism); support of Donald Trump and the Donald Trump presidency; ...

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

  • Wikipedia: National Post, 2023-01-10:

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: National Post, 2022-03-28:


  • Transphobic content:  see the National Post-related comments in the CBC subsection. With a history of transphobia  [transphobia] and other questionable practices, National Post content is to be avoided.

  • Example:  disinformation troll Ezra Levant wrote an irregular column for the Calgary Sun for ten years, until he was dropped in October 2007 because of "internal decisions." Ezra Levant continued to write occasional columns for the National Post on a freelance basis until 2010.


  • [PressProgress.ca, 2023-01-09] The National Post Claims an Academic Was 'Censored' For Criticizing BC's 'Safe Supply' Policy. That's Not Quite Accurate.  Drug policy advocates say safe supply is being used as a 'scapegoat' by right-wing political figures.


  • 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:

    • The News & Observer is an American regional daily newspaper that serves the greater Triangle area based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The The News & Observer is the largest in circulation in the state (second is the Charlotte Observer). The The News & Observer has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes; the most recent of which was in 1996 for a series on the health and environmental impact of North Carolina's booming hog industry. The The News & Observer was one of the first in the world to launch an online version of the publication, Nando.net in 1994.

  • 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, The New Republic, 2023-01-05:

    • The New Republic is an American magazine of commentary on politics, contemporary culture, and the arts. Founded in 1914 by several leaders of the progressive movement, The New Republic attempted to find a balance between "a liberalism centered in humanitarian and moral passion, and one based in an ethos of scientific analysis". Through the 1980s and 1990s, The New Republic incorporated elements of the Third Way and conservatism.

      In 2014 - two years after Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes purchased The New Republic - Chris Hughes ousted Facebook's editor, and attempted to remake its format, operations, and partisan stances, provoking the resignation of the majority of its editors and writers. In early 2016, Chris Hughes announced he was putting The New Republic up for sale, indicating the need for "new vision and leadership". The New Republic was sold in 2016-02 to Win McCormack, under whom the publication has returned to a more progressive stance. A weekly or near-weekly for most of its history, The New Republic currently publishes ten issues per year.

      Political views

      In its current incarnation, The New Republic has been unambiguously to the political left, and is often critical of the Democratic Party establishment and strongly in favor of universal health care. In The American Conservative, Telly Davidson wrote that "its love letters to the Bernie Bro and Millennial   Marxist movements and its attacks on Hillary Clinton and the Democratic establishment from the left - instead of from the right - bring back memories of its decidedly radical days in the '30s and '40s". In May 2019, The New Republic published a roundtable on socialism, where three of four contributions were favorable, while the owner and editor-in-chief, Win McCormack, wrote a more dismissive piece.

      In 2019-02 staff writer Alex Shephard wrote that "it doesn't make political sense to put bumpers on hypothetical policies, which dampens voter enthusiasm. Pragmatism doesn't track as a legislative argument, either". In 2019-06 staff writer Alex Pareene wrote: "All the while, Democratic leaders continue to campaign and govern from a crouched, defensive position even after they win power. They have bought into the central ideological proposition, peddled by apparatchiks and consultants aligned with the conservative movement, that America is an incorrigible 'center-right' nation, and they have precious little strategy or inclination to move that consensus leftward - to fight, in other words, to change the national consensus; the sort of activity that was once understood as 'politics'".

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      Controversies

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      Stephen Glass scandal

      In 1998, The New Republic features writer Stephen Glass was revealed in a Forbes Digital investigation to have fabricated a story called "Hack Heaven". A The New Republic investigation found that most of Stephen Glass' stories had used or been based on fabricated information. The story of Stephen Glass' fall and The New Republic editor Chuck Lane's handling of the scandal was dramatized in the 2003 film Shattered Glass, based on a 1998 article in Vanity Fair  [Vanity Fair].

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  • 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.

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

      History

      The New Republic is a liberal American magazine of commentary on politics and the arts published since 1914. Founded by major leaders of the Progressive Movement, it attempted to find a balance between progressivism focused on humanitarianism and moral passion. On the other hand, it sought a basis in the scientific analysis of social issues. According to their about page, "For over 100 years, we have championed progressive ideas and challenged popular opinion. Our vision for today revitalizes our founding mission for our new time. The New Republic promotes novel solutions for today's most critical issues. We don't lament intractable problems; our journalism debates complex issues and takes a stance. Our biggest stories are commitments for change."

      The current editor-in-chief is Win McCormack.

      Win McCormack

      Win McCormack, an American publisher and editor from Oregon, is editor-in-chief of Tin House magazine and Tin House Books, the former publisher of Oregon Magazine, founder and treasurer of MediAmerica, Inc., and a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine. Win McCormack serves on the board of directors of the journal New Perspectives Quarterly. Win McCormack's political and social writings have appeared in Oregon Humanities,   Tin House,   The Nation, The Oregonian, and Oregon Magazine. McCormack's investigative coverage of the Rajneeshee movement was awarded a William Allen White Commendation from the University of Kansas and the City and Regional Magazine Association. ... In 2016-02 Win McCormack purchased The New Republic magazine from Chris Hughes. ... [Source; Wikipedia, 2021-10-11.]

      Funded by / Ownership

      The New Republic has changed ownership many times during the 2000s, with Win McCormack purchasing the magazine in 2016-02. Win McCormack is an Oregon-based publisher and editor-in-chief of the Tin House quarterly and Tin House Books. McCormack is also a political activist who served as Chair of the Oregon Steering Committee for Gary Hart's 1984 presidential campaign. He was chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon's President's Council and a member of the Obama for President Oregon Finance Committee. The New Republic earns revenue through advertising and subscriptions.

      Analysis / Bias

      In review, The New Republic produces high-quality, in-depth journalism that leans left in story selection. The New Republic frequently uses loaded emotional headlines such as this: ...

      Editorially, The New Republic typically endorses Democratic candidates such as Barack Obama. Further, editorials often align with liberal policies such as environmentalism, equal rights, and Universal Healthcare.

      Failed Fact Checks

      None to date.


    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' 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.

    • Questionable Reasoning: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Fake News, Failed Fact Checks  |  Bias Rating: RIGHT  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: LOW CREDIBILITY.

  • Wikipedia: Newsmax, 2022-02-24.


  • Newsday

  • Wikipedia: Newsday, 2023-01-12:

    • Newsday is an American daily newspaper that primarily serves Nassau County, New York and Suffolk County, New York on Long Island, although it is also sold throughout the New York metropolitan area. The slogan of the Newsday is "Newsday, Your Eye on LI" [LI: Long Island], and formerly it was "Newsday, the Long Island Newspaper". Newsday's headquarters is in Melville, New York, in Suffolk County. Newsday has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes, and has been a finalist for 20 more.

      As of 2019, Newsday's weekday circulation of 250,000 was the 8th-highest in the United States, and the highest among suburban newspapers. By 2014-01 Newsday's total average circulation was 437,000 on weekdays, 434,000 on Saturdays and 495,000 on Sundays. As of 2022-06 Newsday had an average print circulation of 97,182.

      History

      Founded by Alicia Patterson and her husband, Harry Guggenheim, the Newsday was first produced on 1940-09-03 from Hempstead, New York. For many years - until a major redesign in the 1970s - Newsday copied the Daily News format of short stories and numerous pictures. (Ironically, Alicia Patterson was fired as a writer at her father's Daily News in her early 20s, after getting the basic facts of a divorce wrong in a published report.) After Alicia Patterson's death in 1963, Harry Guggenheim became the publisher and editor of Newsday.

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      News Corporation  [COMMENT: excluded from Sources: Rupert Murdoch's Media Holdings] - headed by CEO Rupert Murdoch - attempted to purchase Newsday for $580 million USD in 2008-04. This was soon followed by a matching bid from Mortimer Zuckerman and a $680 million USD bid from Cablevision. In 2008-05 News Corporation withdrew its bid, and on 2008-05-12 Newsday reported that Cablevision would purchase Newsday for $650 million USD. The sale was completed 2008-07-29.

      Altice

      Altice - a Netherlands-based multinational telecoms company - bought Cablevision, including Newsday and News 12 in 2016. However, Altice then sold a majority (75%) stake in Newsday back to Cablevision's former owner Charles Dolan and his son Patrick Dolan, making Patrick Dolan the CEO of Newsday. Altice disposed of its remaining stake in Newsday at the end of 2018-07 - which, combined with Charles Dolan's transfer of shares to son Patrick Dolan - makes Patrick Dolan the sole owner of Newsday.

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      Editorial style

      Despite having a tabloid format, Newsday is not known for being sensationalistic, as are other local daily tabloids, such as the New York Daily News, and the New York Post  [New York Post]. This causes Newsday to sometimes be referred to as "the respectable tabloid".

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      Circulation

      In 2008, Newsday was ranked 10th in terms of newspaper circulation in the United States.

      A circulation scandal in 2004 revealed that Newsday's daily and Sunday circulation had been inflated by 16.9% and 14.5%, respectively, in the auditing period 2002-09-30 to 2003-09-30. The Audit Bureau of Circulation adjusted average weekday circulation to 481,816 from 579,599; average Saturday circulation to 392,649 from 416,830; and average Sunday circulation to 574,081 from 671,820, and instituted twice-yearly audits.

      On 2009-10-28 Newsday changed its web site to a paid-subscriber only model. Newsday.com would open its front page, classified ads, movie listings, and school closings to all site visitors, but access beyond this content would require a weekly fee: $5 USD as of 2010. This fee would be waived for subscribers of the print edition of Newsday, as well as for subscribers to parent-company Cablevision's internet service. Through its first three months only 35 non-optimum, non-Newsday subscribers signed up for the paid web site.

      Pulitzer Prizes

      Newsday has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes, and has been a finalist for 20 additional Pulitzer Prizes (if no individual is listed - following - the award is for Newsday staff):

    • 1954: Public Service (Winner)
    • ...
    • 2002: Criticism (Winner) - Justin Davidson
    • 2004: Breaking News Reporting (Finalist)
    • 2005: International Reporting (Winner) - Dele Olojede
    • 2005: Explanatory Reporting (Finalist)
    • 2007: Editorial Cartooning (Winner) - Walt Handelsman
    • 2008: Public Service (Finalist) - Jennifer Barrios, Sophia Chang, Michael R. Ebert, Reid J. Epstein, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Eden Laikin, Herbert Lowe, Joseph Mallia, Jennifer Maloney, Luis Perez, and Karla Schuster
    • 2013: Editorial Writing (Finalist) - Editorial Board staff
    • 2014: Public Service (Finalist)
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  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com: Newsday, 2022-01-31:

    • Overall, we rate Newsday Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate Newsday High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

      Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  Country: USA  |  World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180

      History

      Founded in 1940, Newsday is an American daily tabloid newspaper that primarily serves Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, and the New York City borough of Queens, New York - although Newsday is sold throughout the New York metropolitan area. The current editor is Debbie Henley.

      Newsday has won 19 Pulitzer Prizes, and has been a finalist for 20 additional Pulitzer Prizes.

      Funded by / Ownership

      Newsday is owned by Newsday Media, which is controlled by Patrick Dolan, the son of Charles Dolan, the founder of Cablevision. Revenue is derived through advertising, sponsored content, and subscription sales.

      Analysis / Bias

      In review, Newsday publishes a combination of sensationalized local news as well as credible in-depth journalism. Local headlines are generally mild to moderate in loaded language such as this: "MTA inspector general investigating 'smashed' time clock." National and International news comes from the The Associated Press.

      Editorially, Newsday has only endorsed a Republican Presidential candidate one time since 1988. A review of editorials reveals somewhat of a balance between right and left, however more favor the left in total. In general, the news is reported factually with a left-leaning editorial bias.

      Failed Fact Checks

      None in the Last 5 years.


    Newsweek

    πŸ›‘ STOP! Excluded from sources, due to absence of fact-checking ("Unlike most large American magazines, Newsweek has not used fact-checkers since 1996." Newsweek: Factual_errors), and other significant controversies.

  • Newsweek (Wikipedia, 2022-12-12):

    • Newsweek is an American weekly online news magazine co-owned 50 percent each by Dev Pragad, its president and CEO, and Johnathan Davis, who has no operational role at Newsweek. Founded as a weekly print magazine in 1933, it was widely distributed during the 20th century, and had many notable editors-in-chief. Newsweek was acquired by The Washington Post Company [now: Graham Holdings Company] in 1961, and remained under its ownership until 2010.

      Revenue declines prompted The Washington Post Company to sell Newsweek in 2010-08 to the audio pioneer Sidney Harman for a purchase price of one dollar, and an assumption of the magazine's liabilities. Later that year (2010) Newsweek merged with the news and opinion website The Daily Beast, forming The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Newsweek was jointly owned by the estate of Sidney Harman and the diversified American media and Internet company IAC. Newsweek continued to experience financial difficulties, which led to the cessation of print publication and a transition to an all-digital format at the end of 2012.

      In 2013, IBT Media acquired Newsweek from IAC; the acquisition included the Newsweek brand and its online publication, but did not include The Daily Beast. IBT Media, which also owns the International Business Times, rebranded itself as the Newsweek Media Group, and in 2014, relaunched Newsweek in both print and digital form. In 2018, IBT Media split into two companies: Newsweek Publishing, and IBT Media. The split was accomplished one day before the District Attorney of Manhattan indicted Etienne Uzac - the co-owner of IBT Media - on fraud charges.

      Under Newsweek's current co-owner and CEO, Dev Pragad, Newsweek is both profitable, with revenue of $60 million, and also growing: between 2019-05 and 2022-05, its monthly unique visitors increased from about 30 million to 48 million, according to Comscore.

      Controversies

      Factual errors

      Unlike most large American magazines, Newsweek has not used fact-checkers since 1996. ...

      Other controversies

      In 2022-11 the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that Newsweek has "taken a marked radical right turn by buoying extremists and promoting authoritarian leaders" since Newsweek hired political activist Josh Hammer to run its opinion pages in 2020 - noting its elevation of conspiracy theorists such as Jack Posobiec [Jack Posobiec] and Dinesh D'Souza, its publication of conspiracy theories about COVID-19, and such as support for a ban on all legal immigration to the United States and apparent support for denying adults access to trans-affirming medical care, and failure to disclose potential conflicts of interest in the content published on Josh Hammer's opinion section and podcast.

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com (2022-12-10):  overall, we rate Newsweek Right-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the right. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reported rather than high due to having to make corrections on false information after publication.

    • Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL  |  Country: USA  |  Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE  |  Media Type: Magazine  |  Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY

      πŸ›‘ STOP! Contrary to the MediaBiasFactCheck.com's semi-favorable characterization of Newsweek as a factual source - Persagen.com strongly challenges that conclusion (thus excluding Newsweek from its sources) due to the absence of fact-checking ("Unlike most large American magazines, Newsweek has not used fact-checkers since 1996." Newsweek: Factual_errors), and other significant controversies.

      History

      Thomas J. C. Martyn founded Newsweek in 1933 as a weekly magazine headquartered in New York City. Today, Newsweek is a news magazine and website covering news and analysis, international issues, technology, business, culture, and politics. Newsweek was bought by the Washington Post Company  [now: Graham Holdings Company] in 1961 and eventually sold to audio magnate Sidney Harman in 2010. The Daily Beast and Newsweek merged in a joint venture and was named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which lasted for 2 years.

      In 2013, Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis acquired Newsweek and IBT Media, re-branding themselves as the Newsweek Media Group in 2017. The Newsweek Media Group also owns the Latin Times and Medical Daily. Newsweek reported that Etienne Uzac, co-owner of Newsweek Media Group, and Marion Kim, the company's finance director, both stepped down due to a long-term financial fraud probe.

      On 2022-04-14 Newsweek settled a copyright dispute with Instagram.

      Funded by / Ownership

      Newsweek is owned by Newsweek Publishing LLC, which is co-owned by Dev Pragad and Johnathan Davis. Newsweek is funded through a paid subscription and advertising model.

      In 2022-11 the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote an article titled Newsweek Embraces the Anti-Democracy Hard Right. In this article, they report:

        "Newsweek positioned political activist Josh Hammer to run their opinion pages during the runup to the 2020 presidential election, and since that time, the publication has taken a marked radical right turn by buoying extremists and promoting authoritarian leaders."

      While this update finds Newsweek moving right editorially, there is still a reasonable balance on the Op-Ed page, but clearly, more favor the right as of this review. In general, Newsweek is fact-based but has failed fact checks requiring corrections resulting in a "Mostly Factual" rating.

      Analysis / Bias

      In review, Newsweek publishes national and world news with minimal bias in wording such as this ...

      Failed Fact Checks

      Did Poland's First Lady Refuse to Shake President Trump's Hand? - FALSE (corrected).

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

      Iran has sentenced around 15,000 protesters to death. - FALSE (corrected)

  • [Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)'s  HateWatch, 2022-12-11] White Nationalists, Other Republicans Brace for 'Total War').  A collection of radical right figures including white nationalists and ultranationalist European leaders gathered in Manhattan for the New York Young Republican Club's (NYYRC) annual gala Saturday night (2022-12-10), where that group's president declared "total war" on perceived enemies.

    • "We want to cross the Rubicon. We want total war. We must be prepared to do battle in every arena. In the media. In the courtroom. At the ballot box. And in the streets," New York Young Republican Club (NYYRC president Gavin Wax declared to a room full of supporters at 538 Park Ave. - an event venue on New York's Upper East side. "This is the only language the left-wing understands. The language of pure and unadulterated power," Gavin Wax added. At the five-hour event, which Hatewatch reporters attended, white nationalists Peter Brimelow and Lydia Brimelow of VDARE hobnobbed with Steve Bannon - a former Donald Trump adviser and White House official. Donald Trump Jr. was also in attendance. Republicans publicly lauded members of an Austrian political party founded by World War II-era German Nazi party members. Racist political operative Jack Posobiec shared jokes across a table with Josh Hammer - the opinion editor of Newsweek. ...

      NEWSWEEK FLAUNTS ITS RADICAL-RIGHT CREDENTIALS

      Starting in 2020-05 - after editor Nancy Cooper and chief content officer Dayan Candappa brought political activist Josh Hammer to run Newsweek's opinion section - the 90-year-old publication has emerged as a hub for opinion pieces authored by radical right activists. Newsweek has published the extremist   Jack Posobiec as well as 2020 election-lie pusher Raheem Kassam in recent years - and Josh Hammer has also hosted both of them on his Newsweek-branded podcast. The three men sat together talking and laughing at table #6 during the NYYRC event, near the stage.

      When QAnon influencer-turned-congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene took the stage, Josh Hammer stood up and applauded. When Marjorie Taylor Greene endorsed former President Donald Trump as her 2024 presidential candidate of choice, Jack Posobiec turned to Josh Hammer and grinned. In 2022-01, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis invited Josh Hammer on a tour of his office, and the Florida-based Newsweek editor has since hyped Ron DeSantis as a potential presidential candidate. "You gonna go up there, Josh?" Jack Posobiec chided Josh Hammer about Marjorie Taylor Greene's endorsement of Donald Trump - eliciting laughter from the table. A Hatewatch reporter approached Josh Hammer after Marjorie Taylor Greene's speech, made an introduction and asked if Josh Hammer knew Peter Brimelow of VDARE. "He's right here, right now?", Josh Hammer asked with excitement. "I didn't even know he was here!", Josh Hammer said of the infamous white nationalist publisher. "I'm going to say Hi." The Hatewatch reporter asked Josh Hammer how he got his job at Newsweek, and the opinion editor (Josh Hammer) abruptly stopped talking. Josh Hammer asked the Hatewatchreporter to identify himself again. When the reporter did, Josh Hammer's expression slackened. Josh Hammer quickly claimed he did not know Peter Brimelow, and left.

      WHAT'S RACIST ABOUT PROJECT VERITAS?

      Multiple figures associated with Project Veritas - the hard-right propaganda group that engages in sting operations - attended the NYYRC gala. Project Veritas' founder James O'Keefe and Project Veritas board member Matthew Tyrmand hobnobbed with NYYRC guests Saturday (2022-12-10). Legal trouble has entangled Project Veritas in recent months. ... Outside of the building on 538 Park Ave., James O'Keefe argued with antifascist protesters - according to footage reviewed by Hatewatch. A different, self-described "independent video journalist" posted a series of clips to Twitter at 8:15 p.m., showing James O'Keefe asking antifascist protesters on the corner of Park Avenue and 62nd Street, "What's racist about Project Veritas?" The same social media user posted a video to Twitter at 9:12 p.m. In it, James O'Keefe could be seen standing on the street outside the venue alongside several other men - including Newsweek's  Josh Hammer.

      [ ... snip ... ]


    New Yorker, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: The New Yorker has a history of publishing transphobic content - which warrants closer scrutiny: [theNation.com, 2023-02-23] I Signed The New York Times Open Letter. I Have More to SayThe New York Times is not alone in its obscene coverage of transgender people. ... Other prestigious publications like The Atlantic,   The New Yorker, and New York Magazine have played their part in pushing forward narratives that put the lives of trans people in danger. ...

  • 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. The New York Magazine also has a history of publishing transphobic content - which warrants closer scrutiny: [theNation.com, 2023-02-23] I Signed The New York Times Open Letter. I Have More to SayThe New York Times is not alone in its obscene coverage of transgender people. ... Other prestigious publications like The Atlantic,   The New Yorker, and New York Magazine have played their part in pushing forward narratives that put the lives of trans people in danger. ...

  • Wikipedia entry.

    • ... In 1976, the Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch bought New York Magazine in a hostile takeover, forcing out Milton Glaser and journalist Clay Felker. A succession of editors followed, including Jerome Armstrong and John Berendt (1977-1979). ... Rupert Murdoch got out of the magazine business in 1991 by selling his holdings to K-III Communications  [now: RentPath, Inc.], a partnership controlled by financier Henry R. Kravis.

      In 1980, Murdoch hired Edward Kosner, who had worked at Newsweek. ... In 1993, budget pressure from K-III Communications frustrated Kosner, and he left for Esquire magazine. After several months' search, during which New York Magazine was run by managing editor Peter HerbstK-III Communications hired Kurt Andersen, the co-creator of Spy - a humor monthly of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

      Kurt Andersen quickly replaced several staff members, bringing in many emerging and established writers (including Jim Cramer,   Walter Kirn,   Michael Tomasky, and Jacob Weisberg) and editors (including Michael Hirschorn, Kim France, Dany Levy, and Maer Roshan), and generally making the magazine faster-paced, younger in outlook, and more knowing in tone.

      In August 1996, Bill Reilly fired Kurt Andersen from his editorship, citing the publication's financial results. According to Andersen, he was fired for refusing to kill a story about a rivalry between investment bankers Felix Rohatyn and Steven Rattner that had upset Henry R. Kravis, a member of the firm's ownership group. His replacement was Caroline Miller, who came from Seventeen, another K-III Communications title.


      Henry R. Kravis

      Henry R. Kravis (born January 6, 1944) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of KKR & Co. Inc. Kravis is a Republican who has supported a variety of causes and made significant donations to both parties, including a contribution of $1 million to Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. His lavish lifestyle has been criticized by activists looking to reform private equity regulations and restrict the practice of leveraged buyouts he pioneered. His buyout of RJR Nabisco was portrayed in the 1989 book and 1993 film Barbarians at the Gate.

      [Source for the preceding paragraph: Wikipedia, 2021-11-30.]

  • 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 "Trump Likely to Accept Defeat on Wall Funding - and Claim He'll Get His Money Elsewhere>,"  "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.], disreputable content (fake news), transphobia, ...

  • 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

  • [theNation.com, 2023-03-29] Republicans Want You to Forget Their Complicity in the Nashville ShootingConservatives want to make the massacre about trans people or religion - anything but the blood-soaked murder factory they've forced us all to live in.

    • The mass shooting at Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday (2023-03-27) - which left six people dead, including three 9-year-olds - was the 13th school shooting this year that led to injury or death [Wikipedia: 2023 Covenant School shooting  |  Mass shootings in the United States].  Education Week - which has been tracking these massacres since 2018 - reports that there were 51 such shootings last year (2022), and 157 since they began tabulating the body counts.

      Guns are now the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Over 6,000 American children were either killed or injured by guns in 2022. One 2022 study examined the data for youth mortality in 12 rich countries, including the United States. American children accounted for 97 percent of the total gun deaths from all 12 countries.

      In a normal country, stopping this would be all we talked about. Elections to every major local, state, and federal office would turn on the single issue of which candidates have the best plan to prevent our children from being murdered. Parents of school-age children would band together in broad, multiethnic, cross-class coalitions demanding action and results. A normal country would not suffer 13 school shootings per quarter without massive social and political upheaval.

      But we don't live in a normal country. We live in a blood-soaked murder factory. We live in a country (the United States) where there are more legal restrictions on where a person can bare their breasts than brandish their guns. We live in a society where people are more interested in banning books than guns. We live with state governments that will force people to give birth against their will [Wikipedia: United States anti-abortion movement], but shrug when actual children are killed at school.

      We live like this because of the Republican Party. These school shootings are not tragedies. They are choices made by our government. Every other country on Earth has violent people with a motive to do harm to others. Every other country has people with mental health issues. Every other country has access to media and art that glorifies or trivializes violence. But these school shootings don't happen in every other country, because every other country doesn't have easy, nearly unfettered access to weapons of mass murder.

      [ ... snip ... ]

      In the wake of the shooting [2023 Covenant School shooting], Tennessee Representative Tim Burchett was caught on camera telling the gross truth about himself and his despicable political party (the Republican Party). When asked about the shooting, Tim Burchett said, "We're not going to fix it." When asked what Congress could do, Tim Burchett said, "I don't see any real role that we could do other than mess things up." (This congressman, by the way, went on   Newsmax to fervently defend Tennessee's ban on drag shows, in case you needed a sense of what Tim Burchett thinks the government should be doing.) Finally, when asked how we are supposed to protect children like his own daughter, Tim Burchett said, "Well, we homeschool her." That is the entire Republican Party in a nutshell. They won't do anything; they will stop other people from doing something, and their grand plan is to protect their own people while leaving the rest of the country to suffer and die.

      The conservative media firestorm has been as predictable as the reality that there will be another mass shooting soon. But if you're looking for the worst white-wing coverage, the New York Post is always a good place to start. Its front-page headline the day after the shooting read: "TRANSGENDER KILLER TARGETS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: 'Manifesto' leads to 6 dead, including three young kids."

      Everything about that headline, from its implications to its basic grammar, is wrong. For those playing along at home, let's do a close read.

    • A "transgender killer" would be a serial killer who targets trans people. This was a killer who is trans. (The New York Post> also misgendered the shooter, for good measure.)

    • It is believed that the suspect was a former student at the school, which would make the still-undetermined motive far different than a school shooter who "targets Christian schools." They targeted their school. Dylan Roof, by contrast, targeted a Black church. It would be a different motive if he targeted his church.

    • The "manifesto" did not "lead" to six dead people. The two assault rifles and handgun the shooter brought with them led to six dead people. If the shooter had shown up to school armed with a manifesto, everybody would still be alive.

    • The people writing headlines for the New York Post are probably evil, but they're not stupid. They know exactly what they're doing. The New York Post knows what Tim Burchett knows: that Republicans are not going to fix it. To deflect from that should-be-unacceptable reality, the New York Post offers up these distractions of a trans menace and threats on religious institutions.

      As is usual for places where conservatives get their media, the New York Post takes real problems and inverts them to fit the white grievance narrative. There are, indeed, "transgender killers" - as in "people who kill trans folks." The murder of trans people has doubled over the past four years, and 73 percent of those trans victims were killed by a gun. Meanwhile, mass shootings at houses of worship have been steadily on the rise all this century. People of all faiths are increasingly under threat where they pray. But again, these mass murderers are not showing up to houses of worship with hammers eager to nail their manifestos to a door. They're showing up with guns, most "legally" obtained, and that's why worshipers are dying.

      Everybody knows what the problem is, but Republicans won't let us fix it. And so the white-wing media has to obfuscate and try to distract people from the solution Republicans are unwilling to let the rest of us implement. So more people will die from preventable gun violence. More children will die. Republicans have stared at the bodies of dead children and decided that their deaths are acceptable. There is no bottom. There is no tragedy so horrific that it will shock Republicans out of their death cult. Republicans are complicit in these murders. And so is everybody who votes for them.


    New York Times, The

    ⚠️ CAUTION: potentially questionable content - carefully scrutinize due to: history of homophobia; history of transphobia (ongoing, 2023+); entrenched conservatism; other lapses in credibility; ... The New York Times, like the BBC, irritatingly employs pronouns when referring to persons: Mr. * ; Mrs. *; ... - unilaterally enforcing binary gender assignment.

  • COMMENT (Persagen.com, 2019, updated 2022-12-30).
    • While widely respected, I have placed a caution / yellow flag ⚠️ The New York Times due to their influence and history of at-times questionable and/or biased reporting. For example, their infamous 2017 Glowing Auras and 'Black Money:' The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program article chronicled United States government and corporate interest in "unidentified aerial phenomena" (UAP, i.e. UFOs: unidentified flying objects). Other than naming names and organizations, that New York Times did little to inform the fact-seeking readers about the true nature of UFOs - focusing instead on misinformation, conspiracy theories and pseudoscience that further clouded ufology.


    • [NYTimes.com, 2017-12-16] journalist Helene Cooper, ufologist Ralph Blumenthal, and ufologist Leslie Kean,   Glowing Auras and 'Black Money': The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program.

      • In the $600 billion annual Defense Department (United States Department of Defense) budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how The Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon's C Ring, deep within the building's maze. ... The shadowy program - parts of it remain classified - began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid - the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time, and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid's, Robert Bigelow - who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space. On CBS60 Minutes in 2017-05, Mr. Bigelow said he was "absolutely convinced" that aliens exist and that U.F.O.s have visited Earth.

        [ ... snip ... ]

        The program (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program) collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents - including footage from a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet showing an aircraft surrounded by some kind of glowing aura traveling at high speed and rotating as it moves. The Navy pilots can be heard trying to understand what they are seeing. "There's a whole fleet of them," one exclaims. Defense officials declined to release the location and date of the incident. ... A 2009 Pentagon briefing summary of the program prepared by its director at the time asserted that "what was considered science fiction is now science fact," and that the United States was incapable of defending itself against some of the technologies discovered. Mr. Reid's request for the special designation was denied. ... Mr. Elizondo has now joined Mr. Puthoff (Harold E. Puthoff and another former Defense Department official, Christopher K. Mellon - who was a deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence - in a new commercial venture called To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science. They are speaking publicly about their efforts as their venture aims to raise money for research into U.F.O.s. In the interview, Mr. Elizondo said he and his government colleagues had determined that the phenomena they had studied did not seem to originate from any country. "That fact is not something any government or institution should classify in order to keep secret from the people," he said. For his part, Mr. Reid said he did not know where the objects had come from. "If anyone says they have the answers now, they're fooling themselves," he said. "We do not know." But, he said, "we have to start someplace."


      The U.S. Navy UAP videos - leaked in 2017 to disinformationists To the Stars... Academy of Arts & Sciences (TTSA) and Luis Elizondo (and officially released by the United States Navy in 2020-04) - were introduced in The New York Times article (above). That article and those videos have been endlessly discussed and hyped in mainstream media - mostly in the context of an "unidentified threat" narrative - implied to be from advanced, extraterrestrial civilizations. That "threat analysis" justifies additional defense expenditures - note, e.g., the subsequent creation of the United States Space Force ...

      The objects in the granular, low-quality U.S. Navy videos reported in The New York Times article (above) have been thoroughly debunked (e.g., as forward-looking infrared imaging artefacts, that would be clearly understood by bone fide military analysts), most notably on the MetaBunk.org website  [Wikipedia: Mick West: MetaBunk].

      Prima facie, the journalism associated with the New York Times "UAP article" strains one's credulity, given the decades-long misinformation, disinformation and conspiracy theories involving ufology. That skepticism is reinforced when examining the credentials and motivations of the NYT's "UAP article" authors - journalist Helene Cooperufologist Ralph Blumenthal;  and ufologist Leslie Kean - viz-a-viz the UAP phenomenon. For example, Showtime Networks Inc.'s 2021-08 television series UFO (2021-08: review) disclosed Leslie Kean's longtime involvement on the fringes of the UFO community. The New York Times article purposely omitted related material on para-psychological phenomena and investigations (e.g. by Robert Bigelow, the awardee of the Pentagon contract to study the UAPs discussed in the New York Times article) to make the story more palatable to New York Times readers. Leslie Kean subsequent monetized this exposure: New Line, HBO Max Land Untitled UFO Script Based On Leslie Kean Book).

      Considering additional first-person discussion of the UAP phenomenon by New York Times journalists Ralph Blumenthal, and Leslie Kean and others in Showtime's UFO series, it appears that the prestige and credibility of the New York Times was used to shape public opinion on UAPs, from an "UAPs pose an unidentified threat" perspective.

      This particular "NYT / UAP" issue serves as an exemplar by which journalists and new organizations - regardless of whom they are - need to be constantly scrutinized and assessed for bias, misinformation, and disinformation. In this instance, editorial standards at New York Times failed to meet expectations of reliable, balanced, unbiased reporting.


  • Wikipedia: The New York Times (curation date: 2022-12-30):

    • The New York Times (the Times, NYT, or the Gray Lady) is a daily newspaper based in New York City with a worldwide readership reported in 2020 to comprise a declining 840,000 paid print subscribers, and a growing 6 million paid digital subscribers. The New York Times also is a producer of popular podcasts such as The Daily. Founded in 1851 by Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones, The New York Times was initially published by Raymond, Jones & Company. The New York Times has won 132 Pulitzer Prizes - the most of any newspaper - and has long been regarded as a national "newspaper of record". For print, The New York Times is ranked 18th in the world by circulation, and 3rd in the U.S.

      The New York Times is owned by the New York Times Company, which is publicly traded. It has been governed by the Sulzberger family since 1896, through a dual-class share structure after its shares became publicly traded. A.G. Sulzberger, the paper's publisher and the New York Times Company's chairman, is the fifth generation of the family to head the paper.

      Since the mid-1970s, The New York Times has expanded its layout and organization, adding special weekly sections on various topics supplementing the regular news, editorials, sports, and features. Since 2008, The New York Times has been organized into the following sections.

    • News,
    • Editorials / Opinions - Columns / Op-Ed,
    • New York (metropolitan),
    • Business,
    • Sports,
    • Arts,
    • Science,
    • Styles, and
    • Home, Travel, and other features.
    • On Sundays, The New York Times is supplemented by the following.

    • Sunday Review (formerly the Week in Review),
    • The New York Times Book Review,
    • The New York Times Magazine, and
    • T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
    • The editorial pages of The New York Times are typically liberal in their positions.

      [ ... snip ... ]

      Reputation

      The New York Times has developed a national and international "reputation for thoroughness". Among journalists, The New York Times is held in high regard; a 1999 survey of newspaper editors conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review found that The New York Times was the "best" American paper - ahead of The Washington Post,   The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times. The New York Times also was ranked Pulitzer Prizes won, circulation, and perceived web site quality. A 2012 report in WNYC called The New York Times "the most respected newspaper in the world."

      Nevertheless, like many other U.S. media sources, The New York Times has suffered from a decline in public perceptions of credibility in the United States in the early 21st century. A Pew Research Center survey in 2012 asked respondents about their views on credibility of various news organizations. Among respondents who gave a rating, 49% said that they believed "all or most" of The New York Times's reporting, while 50% disagreed. A large percentage (19%) of respondents were unable to rate believability. The New York Times's score was comparable to that of USA Today. Media analyst Brooke Gladstone of WNYC's On the Media - writing for The New York Times - says that the decline in U.S. public trust of the mass media can be explained (1) by the rise of the polarized Internet-driven news; (2) by a decline in trust in U.S. institutions more generally; and (3) by the fact that "Americans say they want accuracy and impartiality, but the polls suggest that, actually, most of us are seeking affirmation."

      [ ... snip ... ]

  • MediaBiasFactCheck.com (2022-04-19):  overall, we rate The New York Times Left-Center biased based on wording and story selection that moderately favors the left. The New York Times is considered one of the most reliable sources for news information due to proper sourcing and well-respected journalists / editors. The failed fact checks for The New York Times were on Op-Eds and not straight news reporting.

    • Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER  |  Factual Reporting: HIGH  |  Country: USA  |  Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE  |  Media Type: Newspaper  |  Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic  |  MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY

    • ... On 2020-07-14 opinion columnist Bari Weiss resigned from The New York Times, stating, "Twitter is not on The New York Times' masthead. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor."

      Analysis / Bias

      The News York Times' coverage includes News (World News, National News, Business News), Opinion Pieces, Editorials, Arts, Movies, Theater, Travel, NYC Guide, Food, Home & Garden, and Fashion & Style.

      A Politico article states Donald Trump has frequently criticized The News York Times on his Twitter account. Donald Trump labels the NYT as "fake news," "naive," "dumb," and "the failing News York Times." However, CNBC reports the company has shown substantial growth by adding 157,000 new digital subscriptions in the last quarter of 2017 and continues to grow.

      The NYT looks at the issues from a progressive perspective and is regarded as "liberal." According to a Pew Research Center media polarization report, "the ideological placement of each source's audience" places the audience for The News York Times as "consistently liberal." Further, since 1960 The News York Times has only endorsed Democratic presidential candidates. Additionally, a Reuters institute survey found that 44% of respondents trust The New York Times' news coverage and 33% do not, ranking The New York Times #6 in trust of the major USA news providers.

      In review, the NYT utilizes emotionally loaded language in their headlines such as "Trump Again Falsely Blames Democrats for His Separation Tactic" and "A Financier's profit-minded Mission to Open a Channel Between Kushner and North Korea;," however, they use credible sources such as law.Cornell.edu, Financial Times, and The Washington Post. Story selection is typically balanced; however, wording tends to lean left in most cases. Editorials on the NYT almost always favor the left and sometimes are inaccurate; see failed fact checks below. The News York Times still qualifies for High Factual status due to the incredible amount of stories they publish, but the left-leaning bias has increased from the previous update.

      Failed Fact Checks

      A factual search shows The News York Times has made false claims in reporting but always makes corrections to those stories as soon as new information is available. Further, failed fact checks occurred on Op-Ed pages and not straight news reporting.

    • "We have a host of issues associated with high B.M.I.s. But correlation doesn't prove causation, and there's a significant body of research showing that weight stigma and weight cycling can explain most if not all of the associations we see between higher weights and poor health outcomes." - MOSTLY FALSE

    • A political map circulated by Sarah Palin's PAC incited Representative Gabby Giffords' shooting - FALSE

    • "How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong" - LOW SCIENTIFIC CREDIBILITY


  • [CommonDreams.org, 2023-03-16] Deadly Disinformation - The Underreported Scandal at The New York TimesPresenting both sides of an issue as if they stand on equal, fact-based footing when they don't is not journalism. It's an insidious form of disinformation.

    • You write for the most influential newspaper in America. Your recent column about COVID-19 relied on dubious sourcing, specifically, Person A, who agreed with your personal views on the issue. Your opening "hook" for readers was Person A's inaccurate and misleading statements. He characterized a medical review in which he participated (along with 11 others) as supporting your position, although the review itself stated that it didn't.

      Your column went viral. The medical community condemned Person A's false characterization of the review and highlighted the review's methodological limitations and failings that your column ignored. Two weeks later, you doubled down on your position. Shortly thereafter, the review's editor-in-chief issued a statement that Person A and many commentators had misrepresented the review's conclusions.

      What do you do now? What if you're the newspaper's editor? Bret Stephens'   2023-02-21 column on mask mandates created this scandal at The New York Times.

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  • [CommonDreams.org, 2022-12-30] Ralph NaderThe New York Times Is Rapidly Diminishing Itself.  The New York Times has really gone overboard in diluting its