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.
- Overall, we rate Heavy, slightly Left-Center biased based on story selection that sometimes favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1998, Heavy.com is a news and information website based in New York City. Heavy.com is self-described as “a real-time news and information portal”, and, on its site, claims to reach “25 million unique visitors per month.” According to their about page, “Heavy’s Gift and Shopping Guides provide 16 million shoppers a year with information to assist them in making the right buying decision at the time of purchase. Heavy’s entertainment guides help 2 million readers per year determine “what to watch” in a world of proliferating streaming content options.”
Heavy also has a Spanish platform at Ahoramismo.com.
Funded by / Ownership
Heavy is owned by Heavy Inc. and was originally funded with 32.8 million dollars by Polaris Partners. Currently, revenue is generated through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Heavy does not perform original reporting of news, but rather is known for their fast five facts, where they take a story from a credible news outlet and bullet point five facts about the story. Topics range from entertainment to breaking news and politics. Heavy uses mild to moderate loaded language in headlines such as this: How Much Will Trump’s Fourth of July Salute to America Cost? This story is properly sourced to the Washington Post, CNBC and USA Today. According to Slate, Heavy does not do original reporting, but the speed with which they can compile their fast facts is very quick. It has also been this reviewers observation that Heavy is often one of the first to breakdown a fast breaking story. When it comes to story selection Heavy is mostly balanced, but more stories would appeal to the left.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Heavy, slightly Left-Center biased based on story selection that sometimes favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (11/13/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 7/20/2019)
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