- Overall, we rate the Arizona Mirror Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2018, The Arizona Mirror(AzMirror) is an online news website from Arizona. Their about statement reads, “an independent, nonprofit news organization focused on connecting public policy with the people it affects.” They aim to bring “a fresh perspective to coverage of the state’s biggest issues.” The Arizona Mirror “have no paywalls, no subscription fees.” The editor is Jim Small.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, Arizona Mirror is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. States Newsroom publishes 28 other publications. The Arizona Mirror is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page. Initially, when they launched, they got fiscal sponsorship from the Hopewell Foundation; however, once the IRS approved their application for 501(c)(3) charity certification, they severed their ties with Hopewell Foundation. There has been criticism of their involvement with the Hopewell Foundation, and they have responded to the criticism here.
Analysis / Bias
The Arizona Mirror(AzMirror) publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Arizona. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects Arizonians. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through minimally loaded language “Arizona leaders join others at White House for forum on federal funds” They properly source, linking to the Arizona Legislature and credible sources such as whitehouse.gov, Washington Post, Politico sister publications Colorado Newsline, Kansas Reflector, Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets), Rutgers.edu, Marist National, and bls.gov (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this “The battle for control of Congress: Abortion, inflation, crime, and Biden.” A quote from the article reads, “GOP candidates are attempting to tie Democrats to inflation, crime, fears about immigration, and an unpopular president. But they’re shying away from talking about a national abortion ban.”
On the issues, the Arizona Mirror promotes LGBT equality, “Anti-LGBTQ’ hatred bills’ are dangerous to Arizonans — and bad for business.” Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this “Paul Gosar promoted appearing at a white nationalist social gathering on Hitler’s birthday, but his campaign says he isn’t” and “What was good for David Schweikert in the time of Trump might not be after redistricting” In general, the Arizona Mirror reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds strongly favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Arizona Mirror Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 10/11/2022)
Last Updated on October 11, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check