Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2013, Blasting News is very content-heavy news and opinion website. The website boasts 250,000 citizen writers and 11 million readers. Blasting news features journalists and freelancers who submit their stories to senior editors, who vet and fact-check the information before publication.
According to their about page, “Blasting News has an ambitious objective: to report trustworthy news created by an independent, open community of contributors, ranging from professionals to passionate writers, independently of one’s opinion, angle and views. It is a democratic but curated news platform where everyone has a voice.”
Funded by / Ownership
Blasting News is owned by Blasting SA (IDI CHE-247.845.224), a Swiss company based in Lugano (Switzerland). They have also received funding from Google’s Digital Innovation Fund. Advertising, subscriptions, and software sales generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Blasting News publishes editions in Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the USA. Readers can customize their news feeds by selecting channels. For example, for this review, I chose the following channels: Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Foreign Affairs, and Viral Stories. The majority of news stories provide videos to go along with the text. Headlines typically are low-biased such as this: California: Thousands evacuated as firefighters struggle to contain the Kincade wildfire. This story is properly sourced to the BBC and Associated Press.
In reviewing news stories about former President Trump, there is minimal bias present, such as this: Syria: Trump announces troops are pulled from the region, threatens Turkey economically. This story is appropriately labeled as an opinion piece and is sourced to Twitter and a Fox News video. News coverage of Democrats is also low-biased such as this: Democrats request tougher diplomacy in North Korean negotiations.
This review covers only a small portion of the news published on the website, and therefore we cannot determine if other articles are biased and factual. However, based on this small sample, they appear to be least biased and factual in reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Blasting News Least Biased based on neutral wording and balanced story selection. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 6/24/2017) Updated (04/14/2022)
Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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