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 Boing Boing Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a few failed fact checks.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Boing Boing is a website, first established as a zine in 1988, later becoming a group blog. Common themes include technology, futurism, science fiction, gadgets, intellectual property, Disney and left-wing politics. The current editors are Mark Frauenfelder, Cory Doctorow, David Pescovitz, Xeni Jardin. and Rob Beschizza.
Funded by / Ownership
Boing Boing is held through Happy Mutants LLC, however there isn’t any other information regarding ownership on the website. Revenue is derived from advertising and a store that sells merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Boing Boing covers a wide range of topics from technology to lifestyle, however for this review we will focus on those related to politics. Boing Boing uses moderately loaded language in their headlines such as this: Why did Trump make the “white power” hand signal when he mentioned AOC at the Young Conservatives DC summit? and this Grifty conservative PACs raised millions pushing racist Obama conspiracies to elderly, low-income supporters, then kept almost all of it. This latter story is properly sourced to Politico and ProPublica. In general, most stories present an opening statement followed by an excerpt from another source and then left leaning commentary added. Story selection almost always favors the left.
A factual search reveals a few failed fact checks.
- A man in Ireland earned the nickname “Shawshank Husband” after he dug a tunnel from his bedroom to a local pub over the span of 15 years. – FALSE
- “Fox News accidentally puts up a poll graphic that shows how they are the least trusted network.” – FALSE
Overall, we rate Boing Boing Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a few failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 11/25/2016) Updated (7/26/2019)