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 CalMatters.org Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Calmatters.org was founded in 2015 by Simone Coxe, Chris Boskin, and David Lesher. It is a non-profit news organization that covers politics, policy, and issues that affect California. The website is based in Sacramento, California. According to their about page, CalMatters.org aims to “engage and inform Californians about public policy in their state” and “produce high-impact journalism that educates and engages the public, and holds those in power accountable.”
Funded by / Ownership:
CalMatters.org is a non-profit organization that relies on donations from individuals, foundations, and other organizations to fund its operations. According to their financial disclosures, they receive funding from various sources, including The James Irvine Foundation and the Knight Foundation. The organization claims that it has a diverse funding base to maintain its editorial independence.
Analysis / Bias
CalMatters.org primarily publishes news related to California politics and public policy. The news is written with moderate bias through loaded emotional language such as this The California bills on a business ‘kill list,’ and they utilize credible sources such as government websites, academic institutions, and expert interviews.
Editorially, CalMatters.org tends to lean left, with a focus on progressive policies. For example, they have published articles that support concerns with climate change and LGBTQ issues, and they have criticized the former Trump administration’s immigration policies.
CalMatters.org promotes pro-science, accurate information on climate change and the environment. They have published numerous articles on the subject, emphasizing the need for California to take action on climate change.
CalMatters.org is generally a credible source that provides comprehensive coverage of California politics and policy. While they have a moderate left-leaning bias, they support their claims with credible sources. CalMatters.org has not failed any fact-checks and is a trustworthy source for information on California politics and policy.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate CalMatters.org Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor a liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 04/01/2023)
Last Updated on May 17, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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