ColorLines – Bias and Credibility

Colorlines - Left Bias - Liberal - Credible - ReliableFactual Reporting: High - Credible - Reliable


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 appealing to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.

  • Overall, we rate COLORLINES Left-Biased based on the advocacy for social issues that aligns with a progressive left perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium


Founded in 1998 as a print magazine, COLORLINES is a daily news site currently published by the nonprofit racial justice organization Race Forward. In 2010, the magazine went online. COLORLINES describe themselves as “a daily news site where race matters, featuring award-winning in-depth reporting, news analysis, opinion, and curation.”

Glenn Harris is the president and publisher of the COLORLINES, and Toccara Castleman is the Editorial Director. 

Read our profile on United States Media and Government.

Funded by / Ownership

COLORLINES is published by Race Forward, a nonprofit national organization “that advances racial justice through research, media, and practice.” Donations generate revenue.

Analysis / Bias

In review, COLORLINES advocates for progressive social causes focusing on a broad range of issues, including racial justice, LGBTQ rights, economic justice, civil rights, and environmental protection. They use minimally emotionally loaded language in their headlines, such as “George Floyd’s $27 Million Settlement and What It Means for His Murder Trial” and “Oklahoma Elects Country’s First Muslim, Nonbinary State Legislator,” Further, they utilize credible sources such as Kare11, Associated Press, New York Times, and NBC News. In general, they present fact-based information from a liberal/progressive perspective.

Failed Fact Checks 

  • None in the Last 5 years

Overall, we rate COLORLINES Left-Biased based on advocacy for social issues that align with a progressive left perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/3/2021) Updated (02/16/2022)


Last Updated on May 19, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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