Daily Beast – Bias and Credibility

Daily Beast - Left Bias - Liberal - Democrat - Progressive - CredibleFactual Reporting: Mixed - Not always Credible or Reliable


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 information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.

  • Overall, we rate the Daily Beast Left-Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for reporting due to failed fact checks.

Detailed Report

Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: USA
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic


According to its about page, The Daily Beast is a news and opinion website focusing on politics, power, and pop culture headquartered in New York City. The Daily Beast was founded in 2008 by magazine editor, columnist, and talk-show host Tina Brown. In 2010, The Daily Beast and Newsweek merged in a joint venture named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which lasted for 2 years. In 2013, Editor-in-Chief and founder Tina Brown announced her departure. John Avlon then became Editor-in-Chief. He was the former associate editor for The New York Sun and speechwriter for former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

In May of 2018, Avlon announced his departure from The Daily Beast. Noah Shachtman, co-founder, and editor of Wired magazine’s national security blog Danger Room, serves as the new Editor-in-Chief. Heather Dietrick serves as the CEO. You can view the masthead here.

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Funded by / Ownership

The Daily Beast’s parent company is IAC (InterActiveCorp). which is run by Barry Diller, who had led the creation of the Fox network. IAC’s CEO is Joey Levin. IAC (InterActiveCorp) is a media and Internet company comprised of some of the world’s well-known brands, such as HomeAdvisor, Vimeo, About.com, Dictionary.com, Investopedia, and more. The Daily Beast is primarily funded through online advertising.

Analysis / Bias

According to a Washington Post article, Editor-in-Chief Noah Shachtman describes how he will improve the Daily Beast. He states, “I want us to lean harder into who we are,” explaining further, “That means that if the Daily Beast is in the business of scoops — more scoops. “If we’re painting in bright colors now, I want to paint even brighter.”

In review, the Daily Beast tends to publish left-leaning stories utilizing sensationalized headlines with emotionally loaded words such as “No, Rudy: Trump Isn’t Othello. He’s Iago” and “Imagine a Trump Who Could Constrain Himself and Just Talk About the Economy.” However, they typically source the info in their reports using credible sources such as Reuters, PBS, Slate, NY Times, and sources themselves. Despite that, they have published false claims and misinformation, as seen below. 

Failed Fact Checks

Overall, we rate the Daily Beast Left-Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for reporting due to failed fact checks. (5/13/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 04/29/2022)

Source: https://www.thedailybeast.com/

This poll is for entertainment purposes and does not change our overall rating.

Last Updated on May 22, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check

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