These media sources are moderate 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 the Chicago Reader Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Newspaper
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1971, The Chicago Reader is an American alternative weekly newspaper in Chicago, Illinois, covering the arts, particularly film and theater. The current editors are Karen Hawkins and Sujay Kumar. According to their about page, “The Chicago Reader is a media company creating and curating political and cultural coverage by and for Chicagoans, including highlighting underrepresented communities and stories.”
Funded by / Ownership
In 2020, the Chicago Reader received 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS for its Reader Institute for Community Journalism. Advertising and paid subscriptions generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Chicago Reader reports on cultural and political news for the greater Chicago metro area. The paper/website also publishes music and food reviews, but our focus will be on political news. When reporting political news, they often present with story selection that favors a liberal perspective, such as this Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds, and this The front lines of police brutality. Stories are not always sourced via hyperlinks but offer first-person accounts and quotes.
Editorially, most stories favor the left, such as pro-LGBTQ rights and pro-science perspectives on climate change. They also frequently report negatively on Republican former President Donald Trump. In general, they report news factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Chicago Reader Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to a clean fact-check record. (D. Van Zandt 8/19/2016) Updated (6/10/2022)
Last Updated on June 10, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check