Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MIXED
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Erin in The Morning is a Substack blog by Erin Reed, which focuses on trans and queer news, legislation, and personal stories. The blog aims to educate and connect the queer community. Based in Montana, Erin Reed is engaged to Zooey Zephyr, the state’s first trans legislator and a Democrat.
Funded by / Ownership
The blog is hosted on Substack, a platform known for its subscription-based revenue model. The owner is Erin Reed.
Analysis / Bias
The blog covers topics related to transgender issues and LGBTQ+ rights, providing detailed information and perspectives. For example, an article titled “Will Republicans Shutdown Government In Part Over Trans People?” criticizes the Republican Party’s focus on transgender issues as a diversion from more pressing matters. It suggests that the party is using these issues as a “red line” or sticking point, potentially at the expense of the government’s functioning and more immediate concerns like healthcare and civil rights. The author uses emotionally loaded language throughout the article, such as “The party’s fixation on trans issues…” and “In an era marked by concerns over escalating grocery costs and healthcare affordability, an emphasis on anti-trans politics risks painting the GOP as woefully disconnected.” The article cites various credible sources, including specific bills, Health and Human Services, “The 19th News”, Rand Corporation, House.gov, Politifact, and The Advocate.
Another article we analyzed, titled “No Longer About Kids: Florida Judge Allows Trans Adult Ban For Large Swaths Of Care.” discusses the shift in legislative focus from transgender youth to adults. It cites specific court cases and legislation. Both articles are factual, informative, well-researched, and cite specific court cases, credible sources, and legislation. However, as an advocacy blog focusing on transgender and LGBTQ+ issues, the site presents these facts within a specific framework that aligns with its advocacy goals, leading to one-sided reporting.
In general, Erin in the Morning (Erin Reed) holds progressive left views and sometimes promotes unproven or misleading claims (see failed fact checks).
Failed Fact Checks
- In June 2022, deputies from the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office “escorted” far-right Proud Boys protesters towards an LGBTQ Pride event for children at a library in Wilmington, North Carolina. – Unproven
- Bill would require “drag performers” to register with the government in Tennessee. – Misleading
Overall, we rate Erin in the Morning as left-biased based on its focus on advocating for trans and LGBTQ+ rights, which aligns with progressive values. We also rate them as Mixed in factual reporting due to one-sided reporting and a few failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 10/04/2023)
Last Updated on November 7, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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