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- Overall, we rate Commune Magazine Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor socialism and communism. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of sourcing and transparency.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Commune is/was a quarterly political-cultural magazine and according to their about page they define themselves as a popular magazine “for a new era of revolution.” Commune is based in New York City and its print edition is published four times per year. Commune publishes articles and analyses of news and events book reviews and other cultural products; short letters, and reports. Jasper Bernes is the Managing Editor of Commune Magazine.
In 2019, an editor with Commune Magazine Shyam P. Khanna was accused of rape. The accuser Jessica “Leila” Raven demanded that the magazine be shut down and funds distributed to anti-violence work. Commune Magazine agreed and published their last issue in Winter 2020, however, all back issues are still available on the website.
Funded by / Ownership
Commune lacks transparency as they do not disclose an owner. They were funded through subscription fees and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Commune has a leftist stance and advocates socialism, featuring lengthy essays and articles about poverty, immigration, war, and social problems. Headlines of articles contain strongly loaded wording such as this: “Capitalism must resign” and “Communism is for moms or it’s nothing.” This article is written by editor Madeline Lane-McKinley and Commune also publishes articles by socialist writers such as Haider Riaz Khan who calls himself “a socialist with anarchist sympathies.”
Editorially, they strongly align with the socialist/communist left. In general, information is fact-based, however, hyperlinked sourcing is not available.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Commune Magazine Left Biased based on editorial positions that favor socialism and communism. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a lack of sourcing and transparency. (M. Huitsing 2/20/2021)