Last updated on May 19th, 2020 at 12:32 pm
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 Canada Fact Check Left Biased based on editorial positions that frequently favor the progressive left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to occasional poor sourcing, while still maintaining a clean fact check record. Additionally, the name of the website is misleading as they are not a fact checker.
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
World Press Freedom Rank: Canada 16/180
Founded in 2015, Canada Fact Check is a news and opinion website based in Canada. The founder and editor is “Ethan Phillips, a practicing public policy and government relations consultant with 35 years experience researching, writing and consulting on Canadian and global public policy issues.”
According to their about page “Canada Fact Check is an independent news platform dedicated to transparency, democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility.”
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Funded by / Ownership
Canada Fact Check does not disclose ownership, therefore we assume Ethan Phillips is the owner. Revenue is generated through subscription fees to premium content as well as a premium store that sells PDF content of stories.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Canada Fact Check is not actually a fact checking website, but rather a blog in which Ethan Phillips publishes progressive left editorials. Story selection almost always favors the left and utilizes loaded emotional wording to sway the reader, such as this: The dangers of an Andrew Scheer Conservative federal government. This story contains a lot of data, but only one hyperlinked source that does not cover the numerous stats cited. Editorially, the website is opposed to conservative populism with many articles critical of conservatives, such as this: The Ford government’s war against children and women. This story however, is properly sourced to many credible media outlets. Finally, Ethan Phillips frequently reports favorably on progressive political candidates such as this: Why Canada needs its own Elizabeth Warren to make corporate power the central issue in the coming federal election. In general, Canada Fact Check holds a strong progressive left bias through editorial positions and sometimes does not source information properly.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Canada Fact Check Left Biased based on editorial positions that frequently favor the progressive left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to occasional poor sourcing, while still maintaining a clean fact check record. Additionally, the name of the website is misleading as they are not a fact checker. (D. Van Zandt 8/14/2019)