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 Autoblog as Left-Center Biased based on its story selection, which tends to favor a left-leaning perspective. Additionally, we rate them mostly factual due to their lack of transparency and the use of factually mixed sources.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in June 2004 by Weblogs, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Autoblog is a media outlet primarily focused on automotive news, car reviews, and auto show coverage. Autoblog has since been acquired and is now under the Yahoo umbrella, owned by Apollo Global Management. Autoblog features a variety of content formats, including articles, videos, and podcasts. The platform is designed for car enthusiasts, industry professionals, and consumers seeking automotive news and reviews.
Funded by / Ownership
Autoblog was initially owned by Weblogs, Inc., a company co-founded by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey. Verizon Media, a former subsidiary of Verizon Communications, later acquired it. Only Verizon Media, not the entire Verizon company, is now owned by Apollo Global Management and operates under the Yahoo name. However, Autoblog does not transparently disclose this ownership information. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
For our analysis, we examined several articles from Autoblog, many of which were republished from other outlets such as Business Insider, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Associated Press. In terms of articles either published directly by Autoblog or its parent company, Yahoo, the piece titled “Trump’s Latest Villain: Electric Vehicles” contains emotionally loaded language and adopts a critical tone against Donald Trump.
The article includes emotionally loaded language such as “The EV attack is a classic Trump tactic,” “Nobody makes enemies like Donald Trump,” and “The absurd embellishment is Trump’s claim about all the EVs coming from China.” Sources cited are Wired, WhiteHouse.gov, NBC News, and The Hill. It also portrays Biden’s plans for EVs in a positive light.
Another article, “Here’s the car that sparked a massive 1,500-vehicle fire at London airport car park”, discusses a fire incident at Luton airport’s parking lot near London. The article aims to clarify that the massive fire at a London airport car park was caused by a diesel-powered car, not an electric vehicle (EV), dispelling any misconceptions about EV safety. It cites The Independent UK, which has a Mixed factual, left-center bias rating, and factually low sources, such as Daily Mail, which has a Right bias rating. In general, Autoblog is mostly fact-based and holds left-leaning editorial biases through story selection.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Autoblog as Left-Center Biased based on its story selection, which tends to favor a left-leaning perspective. Additionally, we rate them mostly factual due to their lack of transparency and the use of factually mixed sources. (M. Huitsing 10/18/2023)
Last Updated on October 30, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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