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 using appeal 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 Bleacher Report Left-Center biased based on political story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources and a failed fact check within the last 5 years.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2005 by Dave Finocchio and his high school friends, Bleacher Report, or B/R is a website that focuses on sport and sports culture and covers a wide range of topics related to sports. Bleacher report is headquartered in San Fransisco. In the early days, Bleacher Report was largely known for “churning out around 800 articles a day” and for featuring content from local sports blogs, many of whom were unpaid amateur writers. Over time, the site expanded, and in 2012 Dave Finocchio who co-founded Bleacher Report sold it to Turner Broadcasting System. After the acquisition, Bleacher Report has grown into a network of sites. Turner also hired new staff such as Howard Beck from the New York Times.
Finocchio initially left Bleacher Report and came back as CEO in 2016 and then in 2019, he left again. Howard Mittman is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Bleacher Report Inc.
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Funded by / Ownership
Bleacher Report is owned by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc which is owned by Warner Media. After the 2018 Merger of Time Warner and AT&T they rebranded with the name Warner Media. Bleacher Report’s revenue is based on subscription fees and advertisements. In addition, B/R also has an online shop that sells sports merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Bleacher Report produces original sports coverage as well as news sourced from other credible outlets such as USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NPR, NBC Sports, ESPN, and occasionally questionable sources such as TMZ. Sports news reporting often does not use loaded words with the headline accurately describing the article, such as this: Best Values at Each Position from NBA Re-Draft Series.
Editorially, Bleacher Report does not produce opinion pieces, however they do cover politics as it relates to sports with a left-leaning bias: Why Does President Donald Trump Hate the NFL? For example, many articles related to politics favor the left such as this: MLB Hall of Famer Goose Gossage Rips Analytics: Like Democrats Running Baseball. Within this article, they publish a tweet that mocks Gossage’s opinion of Democrats “Those pesky democrats with their math, science, and facts.” Finally, while Bleacher Report typically does not add commentary to articles, story selection more often favors the left such as this DONALD TRUMP IS TEARING THE NFL APART. In general, the news is reported mostly factually with a left-leaning bias in story selection.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Bleacher Report Left-Center biased based on political story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to the occasional use of poor sources and a failed fact check within the last 5 years. (M. Huitsing 5/20/2020)
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