Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2014, Second Nexus is a New York City-based digital news publication. According to their about page “Our content serves the audience of George Takei and beyond, providing our readers news with commentary from a progressive perspective they have come to expect from the social media giant.”
Funded by / Ownership
Second Nexus is held by Oh Myyy LLC, which is co-owned by George and Brad Takei through Hosato Enterprises, Inc., a California corporation. The website appears to be primarily funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Second Nexus reports news with a progressive left bias that utilizes moderately loaded emotional language in their headlines and articles such as this: READ: Alan Cross Tweets ‘Falwell’s Clearly Articulated ‘Two Kingdoms’ Theology [I]s the SAME Approach German Lutherans Took as Hitler Rose to Power’ and George W. Bush: Trump ‘Sorta Makes Me Look Pretty Good’. Many articles on Second Nexus source tweets and then provides opinionated commentary about the statements. When sourcing to other information they typically use credible sources such as the World Health Organization and National Journal. Editorially, most opinions come from a left perspective with support for the Environment, LGBT rights, and anti-conservative issues. In general, story selection almost always favors the left and sometimes is not factual.
Failed Fact Checks
- A person’s intelligence is genetically determined by the mother alone. – Unproven
- “New Virus Cases Surge in Wisconsin a Week After Republicans Forced In-Person Election to Go Forward.” – False
- In a speech on Oct. 27, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump called for the assassination of Joe Biden. – False
Overall, we rate Second Nexus Left Biased based on story selection that consistently favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting, due to an unproven claim and two failed fact checks. (10/12/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 2/19/2021)