These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative 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 conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Bounding Into Comics Right Biased based on occasional story selection and editorial positions that align with the Alt-Right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the publication of a false story that was shared widely.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2014 by John F. Trent, Bounding Into Comics is a website that reports on comic culture, comic books and entertainment in general. According to their about page “Bounding Into Comics is the premiere destination for nerd culture focusing primarily on comic books, comic book movies, and comic book television.” John F. Trent is the Editor-in-Chief.
Bounding into Comics has been accused of promoting hate through their association with Comicsgate, which rejects progressive themes in comic books. The movement has been described as part of the alt-right movement, and as a harassment campaign which “targets women, people of color, and LGBT folk in the comic book industry”. Bounding into Comics denies any connection to hate here.
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Funded by / Ownership
Bounding Into Comics is owned by John F. Trent and according to his Twitter Page supports President Donald Trump. The website is funded through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Bounding Into Comics generally covers news and information related to the comic industry as well as entertainment news and reviews. Headlines and articles use moderately emotional wording such as this: Crazed Star Trek: Discovery Fans Threaten Anas Abdin’s Life. This story is primarily sourced to tweets. The website also provides interviews such as this: Interview: Howling at the Moon with Brett R. Smith.
Bounding Into Comics does not directly solicit political opinions, but they do report political news when it relates to celebrities or the comics genre such as this: James Bond and Rumored Batman Actor Jeffrey Wright: “Impeach This Corrupt Lowlife Clown”. Some articles lean right through reporting such as this claiming supposed conservative censorship: Wikipedia Editors Attempt Alleged Politically Motivated Deletions of Conservative Sci-Fi Authors’ Entries. Although there is a right leaning bias this does not represent a significant portion of the content on the website.
Editorially, we have found evidence that they frequently report negatively on Feminism, such as this: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Attacked By Feminists. In other story they report negatively on diversity, when a Marvel character was petitioned to be portrayed by a gay women of color: Petition Demands Captain Marvel Be Played By Gay Woman of Color – Not Brie Larson. In general, the information presented is rooted in fact, however the context of content often aligns loosely with the Alt-Right.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check. However, further investigation shows that Bounding into Comics had to retract a story that was based on a fake tweet, which resulted in harassment of Alyssa Wong. In an article by The Mary Sue, titled Right-Wingers Tried to Take Down Author Alyssa Wong With a Fake Tweet. Why? They state “Bounding into Comics regularly runs news stories designed to promote its right-wing agenda in an overt, unsubtle manner. They regularly target and direct hate toward diverse voices.”
According to the Vulture, “A Comicsgate news-hub called Bounding Into Comics emerged, where progressive creators and critics are regularly accused of harassing or silencing conservatives.”
Overall, we rate Bounding Into Comics Right Biased based on occasional story selection and editorial positions that align with the Alt-Right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to the publication of a false story that was shared widely. (D. Van Zandt 10/21/2019) Updated (10/24/2019)
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