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 Crikey Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the progressive 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: Australia 26/180
Launched in 2000, Crikey is an Australian news site founded by Stephen Mayne. The website provides various sections with articles covering topics such as Coronavirus, Politics, Business, Health, Media, Culture, and World. Crikey is also known for investigative journalism. Peter Fray is Editor-In-Chief and Bernard Keane is Crikey’s political editor.
See our profile on Australia’s government and media.
Funded by / Ownership
Crikey is owned by Private Media Partners, which is in turn owned by Eric Beecher who purchased Crikey in 2005. Crikey’s revenue is based on subscriptions and advertisements.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Australia 26/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating that “Investigative journalism is in danger.” The Prime Minister of Australia is Scott Morrison who leans center-right.
In review, Crikey publishes articles with emotionally loaded language such as “Dutton opens door to new surveillance of journalists via foreign orders.” This article criticizes Home Affairs Minister Dutton with strong emotional wording such as “Up against such government goons, journalists need all the protection they can get.” Crikey also publishes articles that are critical towards the opposition Labor party such as this “Albanese will have to confront a collapse in the progressive vote”. A quote from the article reads “Labor MPs have to settle for doing the only thing losers can do post-election — pick a new leader.” Crikey generally uses credible sources such as aph.gov.au, weforum.org (World Economic Forum), and abc.net.au.
Editorially, they are anti-establishment with articles critical of corporations such as this “Millionaires’ factory delivers the goods again as banks hit by $3.5b in bad debt”. Reporting on immigration focuses on Government and employer exploitation of migrants and refugees, “The illegal immigrants our government is all too happy to overlook”. They also report negatively on racism and Nazism with this coverage of the Charlottesville incident: “Know your Nazis: these are the people outing far-right extremists online”. Finally, they are critical of News Corp which owns numerous right-leaning media outlets in Australia: “News Corp’s abuse of power must be exposed — and stopped”.
Although Crikey is critical of the left-leaning labor party, its criticism is often directed at their inaction or not fighting hard enough for workers: “Labor needs to fight for democracy and a more radical plan.” They also support other left-leaning issues such as the dangers presented by human-influenced climate change, Vulnerable Australians will bear the brunt of climate change unless we act as well as negative reporting on Conservatives who oppress LGBTQ: Religious freedom report is a culture war disaster. In general, this is a high factual publication that leans strongly left through progressive editorial positions.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Crikey Left Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the progressive left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 5/18/2020)
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