- Overall, we rate the Florida Phoenix Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Florida Phoenix is an online news website from Florida. Their about statement reads, “We cover state government and politics with a staff of five journalists located at the Florida Press Center in downtown Tallahassee. We have a mix of in-depth stories, briefs, and social media updates on the latest events, editorial cartoons, and progressive commentary.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, Florida Phoenix is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. States Newsroom publishes 28 other publications. The Florida Phoenix is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page. Initially, when they launched, they got fiscal sponsorship from the Hopewell Foundation; however, once the IRS approved their application for 501(c)(3) charity certification, they severed their ties with Hopewell Foundation. There has been criticism of their involvement with the Hopewell Foundation, and they have responded to the criticism here.
Analysis / Bias
The Florida Phoenix publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Florida. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects Floridians. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderate, loaded language Voters this year will decide whether Florida Supreme Court justices stay or go
They properly source, linking to the Florida Legislature and credible sources such as whitehouse.gov, Washington Post, Politico, Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets), and bls.gov (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this The AR-15 is for mass killing — ban it | Opinion On the issues, Florida Phoenix promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this FL Dems denounce leaked abortion opinion; GOP denounces the leak itself. In general, the Florida Phoenix reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds strongly favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Florida Phoenix Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 11/01/2022)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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