About Media Bias / Fact Check
Founded in 2015 by Dave Van Zandt, Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC) is an independent website that rates the bias, factual accuracy, and credibility of media sources. Media Bias/Fact Check determines the bias of media sources and the level of overall factual reporting through a combination of objective measures and subjective analysis using our stated methodology. Dave Van Zandt is the primary editor for sources. He is assisted by a collective of volunteers and paid contractors who provide research for many sources listed on these pages. Finally, MBFC also provides occasional fact checks, original articles on media bias and publishes daily, curated fact-checks from around the world.
The mission of MBFC is to educate the public on media bias and deceptive news practices. We inspire action and a rejection of overtly biased media resulting in a return to an era of straightforward fact-based news reporting. Our purpose is to give people the resources and tools needed to understand the bias and credibility of the sources they consume.
Funding for Media Bias/Fact Check comes from reader donations, third-party advertising, and membership subscriptions. We use third-party advertising to prevent influence and bias as we do not select the ads you see displayed. Ads are generated based on your search history, cookies, and the current web page content you are viewing. See details on funding.
The credibility of a website/media source is not determined by who owns them but rather by their track record. Everybody starts as a beginner and, through experience, becomes an authority in their field. MBFC is no different. Over the last 5+ years, we have proven to be a trusted authority on the rating of bias and the credibility of media sources. For example, MBFC is trusted by major media outlets and IFCN fact-checkers. This is evidenced by frequently being referenced by sources such as USA Today, Reuters Fact Check, Science Feedback, Washington Post, and NPR, among dozens of others. We are also frequently used as a resource in libraries, high schools, and universities across the United States.
Media Bias/Fact Check has also been used as a resource for research by the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Further, we have been utilized by numerous print books such as these:
- The Rise of the Alt-Right
- Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies: Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age
- Raising Humans in a Digital World
- Everyday Media Literacy An Analog Guide for Your Digital Life
- Hate Groups and Extremist Organizations in America: An Encyclopedia
About Dave Van Zandt
Dave Van Zandt is a registered Non-Affiliated voter who values evidence-based reporting. Since High School (a long time ago), Dave has been interested in politics and noticed as a kid the same newspaper report in two different papers was very different in their tone. This curiosity led him to pursue a Communications Degree in college; however, like most 20-year olds he didn’t know what he wanted and changed to a Physiology major midstream. Dave has worked in the healthcare industry since graduating from college but never lost the desire to learn more about bias and its impacts.
The combination of being fascinated by politics, a keen eye to spot bias before he even knew what it was called, and an education/career in science gave Dave the tools required for understanding Media Bias and its implications. This led to a 20-year journey where Dave would read anything and everything he could find on media bias and linguistics. He also employed the scientific method in the development of a methodology to support his assessments.
After years of people telling him to launch a website, in late 2015, Mediabiasfactcheck.com was born from a combination of many different experiences and exhaustive research. For the last 5+ years, Dave and his team have refined their methods and improved their reviews to the point where the website receives consistent high traffic levels and is considered a top authority in rating media bias and credibility.
Dave Van Zandt – Editor/Owner
Aaron O’Leary – Writer/Contributor
Karen O’Connor Rubsam – Writer/Contributor
Kenneth White – Writer/Contributor
Jim Fowler – Writer/Contributor
Dennis Kelley – Research
Michael Allen – Research
McKenzie Huitsing – Research
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