Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Bill Moyers is a retired American news reporter and journalist. In 2012 Bill Moyers launched the website BillMoyers.com (Moyers on Democracy) that combines a blog featuring essays and videos by managing editor Bill Moyers, as well as the perspectives of other journalists, scholars, activists, and creative men and women in the arts and sciences. The site also includes a video archive of Bill Moyers’s 40-plus year journalism career, offering nearly 1,000 archived programs, video clips, and online-original segments (Billmoyers.com). Moyers has won countless journalism awards throughout his career.
Funded by / Ownership
BillMoyers.com is owned by the nonprofit Schumann Media Center, Inc. that generally supports liberal organizations. There does not appear to be a source of revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, BillMoyers.com mostly publishes commentary that favors the liberal and progressive left. Articles and headlines often contain loaded emotional wording such as this America’s Dirty Divide: How Environmental Racism Leaves the Vulnerable Behind. The story is republished from the factually mixed Guardian. Other articles are written by reporters such as The Difference Between Yelling Fire and Setting One. For the most part, all stories favor the left and denigrate the right, and are reasonably sourced.
Editorially, all stories favor the left. However, during the 2020 election, we did find evidence of misleading information such as this Stamp Out the Trump Attacks on Our Postal Service! This was debunked here Postmaster General Defends His Actions In Acrimonious Marathon House Hearing. In general, the news is reported factually with a significant liberal/progressive bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate BillMoyers.com Left Biased based on editorial positions that almost always favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency with funding and sometimes relying on poor sources. (D. Van Zandt 2/25/2017) Updated (2/12/2021)