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 the Drudge Retort Left Biased based on the use of mostly left or left-center sources. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to use of some sources that have failed fact checks as well as a lack of transparency.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1998, The Drudge Retort was created as a left-leaning parody of the Drudge Report. The site was designed in a similar style and releases news in a similar way. The website lacks transparency as they do not disclose an about page or ownership.
Funded by / Ownership
The Drudge Retort does not disclose ownership and generates revenue through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Drudge Retort does not produce original content but rather serves as a news aggregator for mostly left leaning media sources. A quick review of sources reveals the following:
- The Daily Beast (Left)
- Courier-Journal ( Left-Center)
- MSN (Left-Center)
- Associated Press ( Least Biased)
- Washington Post (Left-Center)
Besides these sources, they sometimes aggregate to sources who have failed fact checks such as Raw Story, Alternet, and the Daily Kos. The website also provides links to liberal leaning blogs and pundits such as Rachel Maddow, Robert Reich and Paul Krugman. In general, most news published on the Drudge Retort leads to factual sources, however some do not, therefore we cannot rate them High for factual reporting.
Failed Fact Checks
- None, as they do not produce original content.
Overall, we rate the Drudge Retort Left Biased based on the use of mostly left or left-center sources. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to use of some sources that have failed fact checks as well as a lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 11/25/2016) Updated (9/23/2020)