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 Econofact Left-Center biased based on economic policies that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and also for being used as a resource by IFCN fact-checkers.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2017, “EconoFact is a non-partisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies.” According to their about page “It is written by leading academic economists from across the country who belong to the EconoFact Network. It is published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.”
Econofact states their mission is “to provide even-handed analyses of timely economic policy issues drawing on data, historical experience and well-regarded economic frameworks.” The executive editor is Professor Michael Klein, who is the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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Analysis / Bias
In review, the website has a link to the Econofact Network, which displays a list of economists and their writings. They also provide a search feature that allows you search economic topics such as “Carbon Tax” and see all articles related to Carbon Tax. Articles are written in a short and easy to read format that addresses an economic question with factual sourcing. There is minimal use of loaded words in most articles such as this: Carbon Taxes: What Can We Learn From International Experience?. This article is properly sourced to credible outlets such as the Brookings Institution and the CBC.
Editorially, Econofact does not utilize loaded words, however they do not report favorably on President Trump’s policy and its impact on the economy. This source also supports the consensus of science regarding climate change.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check, but in fact are used as a resource by some IFCN fact-checkers.
Overall, we rate Econofact Left-Center biased based on economic policies that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and also for being used as a resource by IFCN fact-checkers. (D. Van Zandt 5/4/2019)
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