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 using appeal 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, Areo is mostly an opinion based magazine that we rate Left-Center based on story selection and moderate democratic views. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information to support their opinions, as well as a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: United Kingdom 35/180
Founded in 2016, Areo Magazine is a digital-only opinion and analysis magazine. According to their about page Areo focuses “on current affairs — in particular: humanism, culture, politics, human rights, science, and free expression.” They further state Areo “publishes thoughtful essays from a variety of perspectives compatible with broadly liberal and humanist values. Our contributors are intellectually, professionally and ideologically diverse and include liberals, conservatives, socialists, libertarians, atheists, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and more.”
In 2018, Areo Magazine admitted to perpetuating a hoax, by submitting fake grievance studies to peer-reviewed journals, some of which were accepted and published.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Helen Pluckrose. They do not disclose funding, though they do have a Patreon and donation link.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Areo Magazine primarily publishes articles related to politics, some of which are very long essays. The articles tend to identify with the left, but with caution such as this: The Illegitimate President: Donald Trump and the Faking of Democracy and this Why I’m a Liberal Who Fights the Left, Even in the Age of Trump. This latter article is critical of the far left, stating that they only serve to reinforce the far and alt-right, which is actually a small group and should not be the primary focus. The author states he is liberal in philosophy but rejects the left’s tactics.
On some issues Areo leans right, for example, they do not report favorably on Feminism and they report on it frequently. They also question transgenderism as a clearly scientific issue and at the same time support gay marriage. They also support the consensus of science on climate change. Finally, when it comes to economics they favor a regulated capitalism, rather than democratic socialism. In general, Areo presents ideas and opinions from both sides depending on the issue, however as a whole, slightly more tend to favor the left (not the progressive left).
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, Areo is mostly an opinion based magazine that we rate Left-Center based on story selection and moderate democratic views. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information to support their opinions, as well as a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/24/2019)