These media sources are moderately 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 reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate the Bay Area Reporter left biased based on editorial positions that favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1971, The Bay Area Reporter is a free weekly newspaper serving the LGBT communities in the San Francisco Bay Area; it is one of the largest circulation LGBT newspapers by circulation in the United States and the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper of its kind. The current editor is Cynthia Laird.
According to their about page: “Bay Area Reporter is America’s longest continuously-published, and highest circulation LGBTQ newspaper, and the undisputed newspaper of record serving San Francisco’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.”
Funded by / Ownership
Bay Area Reporter is owned by Pride Labs, LLC. Revenue is derived through advertising and classified ads.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Bay Area Reporter reports the news for the LGBTQ community in the San Francisco Bay area. Articles and headlines utilize moderately loaded wording such as this: Hungarian parliament bans gender recognition in landslide vote. This article is appropriately sourced.
Editorially, they favor left-leaning positions such as LBGTQ rights, Climate change, and negative opinions of conservatives, including President Trump such as this: Editorial: Trump’s ‘fake news’ is fake news. In general, the news is reported factually and with a strong left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Bay Area Reporter left biased based on editorial positions that favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/16/2016) Updated (5/30/2020)