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 CityLab Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that align with left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2011, CityLab is a news website covering urban planning, policy, and city lifestyle. According to their FAQ page they state “Through sharp analysis, original reporting, and visual storytelling, our coverage focuses on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods. The website does not list an editor.
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Funded by / Ownership
CityLab was owned by Atlantic Media until December 2019, at which time Bloomberg Media purchased the website. Revenue is derived through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, CityLab divides news into five sections. “Design” focuses on urban planning. “Transportation” reports on city transportation innovations. “Environment” focuses on pollution and climate change. “Equity” covers racism and “Life” reports on the city lifestyle.
Articles and headlines often use minimally loaded language such as this: The Cities Americans Want to Flee, and Where They Want to Go. This story is properly sourced to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. A review of sources used demonstrates the use of credible sources such as census information and other .gov sites.
Editorially, CityLab leans moderately left with concern for climate change as well frequently reporting on racism such as this: How Racism Became a Public Health Crisis in Pittsburgh. When reporting on the Trump Administration there is often a negative tone such as this: Trump’s Plan to Criminalize Homelessness Is Taking Shape. In general, CityLab reports news factually and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate CityLab Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that align with left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt (2/2/2020) Updated (6/23/2020)
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