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 Filter Magazine as Left-Center biased based on advocacy and editorial positions that align with a progressive libertarian perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to one-sided advocacy that may leave out important counter information.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
MBFC’s Country Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Filter Magazine was established in September 2018 and is based in New York City. It operates under The Influence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and focuses on drug policy and human rights.
Funded by / Ownership
Filter Magazine is funded by donations and grants. It operates under The Influence Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The magazine also lists organizations and individuals who have donated or granted sums of $500 or more in a given year, which includes entities such as Altria Client Services, The American Vaping Association, The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, Joe Gitchell, Juul Labs, Inc., Knowledge Action Change, Reynolds American, Inc., and The R Street Institute.
The financial contributions to Filter Magazine from tobacco industry entities raise potential conflicts of interest in its editorial content, especially concerning vaping and tobacco-related articles. These financial ties could also impact the magazine’s broader editorial stance on drug policy and harm reduction issues.
Analysis / Bias
Filter Magazine consistently advocates for harm reduction and drug policy reform. The publication employs emotionally loaded language that supports its advocacy goals. Articles often feature headlines that evoke sympathy or a sense of urgency regarding the human impact of drug policy. The magazine’s editorial choices tend to favor stories that align with its mission, which may lead to the exclusion of perspectives that support more conservative or punitive drug policies. For example, an article titled “Like Many Drug Policy Reformers, I’m Driven by Personal Tragedy,” utilizes first-person narratives to emphasize personal experiences.
In another article, Filter examines the FBI’s recent report on drug arrests in 2022, pointing out inconsistencies and data gaps in marijuana-related arrests. While the articles are based on facts, they frequently challenge the actions of governmental agencies, particularly in drug policy and harm reduction, suggesting a bias toward more progressive drug policies.
Regarding sourcing, Filter Magazine references credible sources such as Cincinnati Enquirer, LA Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, and various relevant drug policy advocacy organizations. This includes Marijuana Moment, a publication specializing in cannabis policy, which has not been assessed by Media Bias Fact Check, and authoritative sources like the Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer. Filter Magazine’s critiques of policies, as seen in their coverage of Trump’s vaping ban and Biden’s drug treatment plans, focus on civil liberties, indicating a non-partisan, issue-focused stance.
While Filter advocates for deregulation within the tobacco industry, they hold progressive views when it comes to Drug Legalization, Climate Change, and Social Justice, indicating a left-leaning libertarian perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Filter Magazine as Left-Center biased based on advocacy and editorial positions that align with a progressive libertarian perspective. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to one-sided advocacy that may leave out important counter information. (M. Huitsing 11/07/2023)
Last Updated on November 7, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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