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 using appeal 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 Crosscut Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately 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 48/180
Founded in 2007, Crosscut.com is a nonprofit, online newspaper based in Seattle, Washington, United States. Crosscut’s stated purpose is to “produce journalism in the public interest.” Its content is mainly news analysis rather than breaking news.
On December 2, 2015, it was announced that KCTS-TV, a local PBS affiliate based in Seattle, would merge with Crosscut and another website to form Cascade Public Media.
Funded by / Ownership
Crosscut is owned by Cascade Public Media, which is a nonprofit that owns PBS station KCTS-TV. Revenue is derived through donations and advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Crosscut publishes news and information focusing on Seattle culture and politics. News is often reported with minimal loaded words such as this ‘It affects the entire family’: Washington parents now work alongside teens in mental health recovery. This story lacks hyperlinked sourcing, but instead uses quotes from first person interviews. The website features a “Politics” section that tends to favor the left with articles such as these: Democrats did well in Washington in 2018. They look even stronger in 2020, When Joe McCarthy came to Seattle and Native American drivers are more likely to be searched by Washington State Patrol.
In general, news is reported factually and opinion pieces are labeled as such. However, Op-eds tend to almost always favor the left with a few centrist and right-center opinions added for balance.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Crosscut Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/7/2017) Updated (1/10/2020)