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 Common Dreams Left Biased based on story selection and op-eds that typically favor the 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 1997, Common Dreams, is a U.S. based progressive news website. Common Dreams publishes news stories, editorials, and a newswire of current breaking news. Common Dreams also re-publishes relevant content from other sources and provides links to columnists, periodicals, radio outlets, news services, and websites.
According to their about page “We share our readers’ progressive values of social justice, human rights, equality, and peace. Common Dreams is committed to not only being your trusted news source, but to encouraging critical thinking and civic action on a diverse range of social, economic, and civil rights issues affecting individuals and their communities.”
Funded by / Ownership
Common Dreams is 501(c)3 nonprofit that receives funding from donations. They also state they do not receive “corporate underwriting or government funding.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, Common Dreams primarily covers political news with a left-leaning bias in story selection and wording such as this: ‘Stop With This Recklessness’: Allies Warn Right-Wing Attacks Could Get Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Killed. This story is appropriately sourced to mostly left-leaning media such as Splinter, NBC News, and Vox. In general, news reporting favors the left through story selection and the use of emotional wording. Editorially, Common Dreams features left-leaning writers such as Glenn Greenwald, Ralph Nader, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Paul Krugman. Needless to say, op-eds strongly favor the left. Many op-eds are opposed to militarism and promote the need for action on climate change.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate Common Dreams Left Biased based on story selection and op-eds that typically favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (5/13/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 4/13/2019)