Media Bias/Fact Check is located in Greensboro, NC. Before contacting MBFC please read our F.A.Q. page first. Chances are the answer is already there. You can also view the F.A.Q. below the form on this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Media Bias/Fact check?
Media Bias/Fact Check (MBFC News) is an independent online media outlet. MBFC is dedicated to educating the public on media bias and deceptive news practices. We also provide original articles on media bias, journalism and politics. On our social media pages we provide current news and events from low biased sources as well as all content posted on our website.
Who owns and runs Media Bias/Fact Check?
Media Bias/Fact Check is owned solely by Dave Van Zandt. He also makes all final editing and publishing decisions.
Who in the heck is Dave Van Zandt?
Dave Van Zandt obtained a Communications Degree before pursuing a higher degree in the sciences. Dave currently works full time in the health care industry. Dave has spent more than 20 years as an arm chair researcher on media bias and its role in political influence.
Does Media Bias/Fact Check have any employees?
Yes and no. At the moment we have three volunteers who perform source research and assist in fact checking. We hope to be able to offer pay for their services in the future as the website grows.
Who funds Media Bias/Fact Check?
We have an account with WordAds, which is the WordPress equivalent of Google’s AdSense. These ads generate a fraction of penny per page view. Thus far the bulk of our minimal funds come from these ads. We also have a donate button on our website that allows people to donate whatever amount they choose to help fund this project. We do not accept funding from any businesses, corporations, politicians or media outlets.
How do you determine the bias of a source?
Please see our comprehensive Methodology page. Keep in mind this is not a scientifically proven methodology. It is a simple tool that provides a general rating of bias. Results may vary based on the person performing the evaluation. However, our field tests show a close correlation in ratings regardless of political bias.
What are the credentials of Media Bias/Fact Check?
None of the MBFC team is professional journalists. We actually see this as an advantage as we are media consumers just like you. Each person on the team is college educated in a variety of fields with a common interest in keeping media accountable for their words and information.
You are wrong! Why is (such and such) source in this category?
We use the same methodology to evaluate every source. We freely publish the methodology so that anyone can rate sources on their own. Reading bias is quite subjective based on the individual readers own biases. We use a team approach to combat this. We suggest you try our methodology on the source in question before declaring it wrong or labeling MBFC as left or right bias. The fact that we get accused of both probably means we are doing a good job.
What is the difference between a Daily Source Bias Check and the main source listing?
There isn’t a difference. The Daily Source Bias Check is a copy of the information from the source’s main page on the website. We post the daily bias check as a way to spotlight a different source each day. With 1200 sources on the website and counting many might not have heard of the source.
What is the difference between the bias rating arrow and the voting poll?
The bias rating arrow found on top of source pages is determined by MBFC researchers using our methodology. This is the official bias rating that we endorse. The voting poll serves two purposes. First, it is a way for people to interact with the website and to voice their opinion. Second, it gives the reader more information. They can compare our rating to the public’s opinion to see if there is a significant difference or not. To be clear, the voting poll does not impact the bias rating arrow.