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 appeals 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 the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Left-Center biased based on political positions that mostly favor liberal policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and being a resource for IFCN fact-checkers.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1913, The Anti-Defamation League is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States. Describing itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency,” the ADL states that it “fights antisemitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” doing so through “information, education, legislation, and advocacy.” The ADL states their mission as “To stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all…”
Funded by / Ownership
The Anti-Defamation League is a nonprofit that is funded through donations. They do not disclose donors.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Anti-Defamation League is an organization that advocates against bigotry and for civil rights. While the focus is on antisemitism, they cover all religious, racial, and ethnic hate. The website produces a blog and articles that utilize minimal loaded words such as this: How Facebook and Twitter Help Amplify Fringe Websites. This article is correctly sourced to credible media outlets such as the BBC and The Guardian. The blog also reports news related to the ADL’s mission, such as this: FBI Arrests White Supremacist Conor Climo, Who Reportedly Targeted Jews, LGBTQ Community.
The ADL has a section called “Media Watch” in which they respond to media organizations who report false or questionable information such as this: Letter to the New York Times Regarding Editorial on Silencing Hate Speech. Finally, the ADL publishes op-eds that appear in newspapers and media. Editorially, there is a left-leaning bias and unfavorable reporting on former President Donald Trump, such as this: White Supremacist Terror is Rising, and Trump’s Policies Kneecap Our Ability to Fight Back.
In general, ADL reports news with low bias; however, editorial content does lean left. Further, the ADL advocates for policies favored by the liberal left, such as a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel and supporting same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Left-Center biased based on political positions that mostly favor liberal policy. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and being a resource for IFCN fact-checkers. (D. Van Zandt 10/6/2016) Updated (11/17/2023)
Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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