These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using an appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased sources.
- Overall, Factcheck.org is a least biased credible fact-checker that is Very High for factual reporting due to impeccable sourcing of information.
Bias Rating: LEAST BIASED
Factual Reporting: VERY-HIGH
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
FactCheck.org is a nonprofit website that describes itself as a non-partisan “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”
FactCheck.org has won multiple Webby Awards in the Politics category.
Funded by / Ownership
Factcheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. It was created with a founding grant from The Annenberg Foundation. The website is fully transparent in listing all funding from sources over $1,000. For example, in 2022, they list top donors as The Annenberg Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Individual Donors, Facebook, and the National Science Foundation.
*In our last review, we indicated that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated to the Annenberg Foundation. This was in error, as that donation went to the California-based Annenberg, which is not connected to Factcheck.org.
Analysis / Bias
Factcheck.org provides well-sourced unbiased fact-checking. Quite simply, Factcheck.org can be trusted to provide accurate fact checks with minimal bias. They are on our Top 10 Fact Checker list.
Factcheck.org demonstrates minimal bias by fact-checking Republicans’ Cruz Distorts Nominees’ Defund Police Positions and Democrats’ Biden’s Misleading Unemployment Statistic. All fact checks are properly sourced from credible media outlets, organizations, and expert accounts. In general, Factcheck.org is highly reliable for accurate and low-biased fact checks.
*Media Bias Fact Check relies on factcheck.org for our curated daily fact checks and as a resource to fact-check media sources we review.
Failed Fact Checks
- None. They are an IFCN Fact Checker.
Overall, Factcheck.org is a least biased credible fact-checker that is Very High for factual reporting due to impeccable sourcing of information. (7/6/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 02/22/2023)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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