- Overall, we rate Stat News Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left on political health and medical issues. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing, a clean fact check record, and the promotion of pro-science content.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2015 by John W. Henry, the owner of The Boston Globe, Stat News is a website that provides coverage of health and medical news. According to the Stat about page: “STAT delivers fast, deep, and tough-minded journalism. We take you inside science labs and hospitals, biotech boardrooms, and political backrooms. We dissect crucial discoveries. We examine controversies and puncture hype. We hold individuals and institutions accountable. We introduce you to the power brokers and personalities who are driving a revolution in human health.” The current editor is Rick Berke.
Funded by / Ownership
Stat News is owned by John W. Henry and produced by Boston Globe Media. Revenue is derived through advertising and membership fees for Stat Plus as well as through the licensing of content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Stat News produces fact-based stories and information on medical and health news. Articles and headlines related to health and medicine generally use low biased wording such as this FDA delays approval decision for Biogen’s Alzheimer’s treatment. However, they also report on politics with more emotional wording such as this How a billionaire couple greased the skids for Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing bill. When it comes to sourcing, Stat News properly sources from credible media outlets and pro-science sources.
Editorially, Stat News holds views that more align with the left. For example, they frequently criticize former President Donald Trump over his science positions such as this Trump officials actively lobbied to deny states money for vaccine rollout last fall and this Undercounting of Covid-19 deaths is greatest in pro-Trump areas, analysis shows. On the other hand, they tend to report more favorably on the Biden Administration such as this Biden is set to block dozens of Trump’s last-minute health regulations. In general, the news is reported factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Stat News Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left on political health and medical issues. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing, a clean fact check record, and the promotion of pro-science content. (D. Van Zandt 5/6/2017) Updated (1/31/2021)