These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate The American Independent Left Biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that always favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency with funding, one-sided reporting, and a failed fact check.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
The American Independent is a progressive liberal news website started by David Brock in 2014. David Brock also controls Media Matters for America and the super PAC American Bridge 21st Century, which focuses on “tracking” Republican candidates.
According to their about page, “The American Independent is the No. 1 digital platform for progressive news, reaching millions of people each month. We strive to report with honesty and integrity, shining a light on those in power and covering the progressive political movement.”
Funded by / Ownership
True Blue Media publishes The American Independent, using content from The American Independent Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, and other sources. The website also fails to disclose that Democratic political operative David Brock owns a 35% share of True Blue Media. The American Independent also lacks transparency as it does not disclose donors. Revenue is derived through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the American Independent publishes original news stories with moderately loaded language: Trump silent as his allies attack Pete Buttigieg for being gay. This story is sourced adequately from the Washington Post and Daily Beast. The website also republishes news content from the Associated Press.
The American Independent and all of David Brock’s properties heavily supported Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020. They also frequently reported negatively on Progressive candidate Bernie Sanders. However, in 2020 they do not appear to be picking a single candidate but instead are focused on discrediting Donald Trump, such as this Trump claims he saved the Philippines from ISIS. He didn’t.
Generally, news reporting is highly biased in favor of the left and reasonably sourced to credible media outlets.
Failed Fact Checks
- U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said, “Yes, I said that I wouldn’t endorse him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t fully support him” in regards to U.S. President Donald Trump in 2020. – False
Overall, we rate The American Independent Left Biased based on story selection and editorial perspectives that always favors the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of transparency with funding, one-sided reporting, and a failed fact check. (D. Van Zandt 8/5/2017) Updated (10/07/2022)
Last Updated on October 7, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check