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 Empty Wheel Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (44/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Empty Wheel is a news and opinion website founded by Marcy Wheeler, best known for her coverage of the Scooter Libby trial. According to their about page, “Marcy has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where she researched the “feuilleton,” a short conversational newspaper form that has proven important in times of heightened censorship.”
Funded by / Ownership
Marcy Wheeler owns Empty Wheel, and donations generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Empty Wheel is a blog that investigates and reports news that is generally opposed to the right. They primarily focus on corruption and illegal actions by government officials. Articles and headlines contain moderately loaded language that generally favors the left, such as WHEN FOX NEWS GENERALS BOASTED OF BROKERING RUSSIAN MEETINGS WITH MIKE FLYNN. This story offers proper sourcing from ABC News and official documents. In another story portraying the right negatively: RADICALIZED BY TRUMP: A TALE OF TWO ASSAULT DEFENDANTS, they again use proper sourcing to credible media outlets such as Justice.gov.
Editorially, most stories favor the left and are factual. However, they also expose the government regardless of the side when it comes to war and targeted assassinations such as this 14 15 18 TIMES 19 TIMES’>MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAVE ASKED FOR THE TARGETED KILLING MEMOS 14 15 18 TIMES 19 TIMES.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Empty Wheel Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to excellent sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/27/2017) Updated (5/12/2021)