These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appeals to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Cronkite News as slightly Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left and High in reporting due to good sourcing practices and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Cronkite News is a news organization that covers various topics such as news, business, and sports. It operates from Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles and is a subdivision of Arizona PBS in collaboration with ASU. According to their What We Do page, It aims to serve as a news source for Arizona residents and a resource for news organizations while preparing the next generation of journalists.
Funded by / Ownership
Cronkite News is a part of Arizona PBS, and The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University owns the news outlet. It is an educational institution, and the news outlet serves as a training ground for journalism students. Funding likely comes from the university and possibly educational grants, although this is not explicitly stated on the website.
Analysis / Bias
The article “Kari Lake, Katie Hobbs and the Incivility of Arizona’s Governor Race” discusses the governor race in Arizona and the rising political polarization. It suggests that Republicans are becoming more conservative and are less willing to reach across the aisle, as supported by data from the Pew Research Center and comments from Lara Schwartz, director of the Project on Civil Discourse at American University in Washington, D.C. The article frames the Republican party as more radical by highlighting the denial of the 2020 election results by significant portions of the party, including notable figures. While the facts may be accurate, the framing and emphasis on certain narratives could influence readers’ perceptions, indicating a slight bias against Republicans. The article cites reputable sources such as FiveThirtyEight, PolitiFact, PBS, and Pew Research Center.
The second article, “GAO: Rush to build border wall caused harm, damages continued after pause,” is critical of the border wall construction initiated during the Trump administration. The report was prepared at the request of U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona. It focuses on the negative impacts on the environment, wildlife, and cultural sites, as highlighted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. The tone and content suggest that the rush to build the wall had detrimental effects that continued even after construction was paused.
In general, Cronkite News is fact-based and holds slightly left-leaning editorial biases.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Cronkite News as slightly Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left and High in reporting due to good sourcing practices and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 09/09/2023)
Last Updated on September 9, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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