These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
Factual Reporting: MIXED Country: USA World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 1917, Forbesis a bi-weekly American financial and business magazine. Forbes features articles on the Billionaires, Innovation, Leadership, Money, Consumer, and Industry topics. They also annually publish a list of the richest people in America, as well as lists that contain a variety of different categories, ranging from the best colleges to The World’s Most Powerful People. Its headquarters is located in Jersey City, NJ-USA.
Scottish immigrant and financial journalistB.C. Forbesand his partner Walter Drey, founded Forbes magazine in 1917. B.C. Forbes remained editor-in-chief until his death in 1954. After his death, his son Malcolm Stevenson Forbes became the publisher until his death in 1990. Currently, the Forbes chair and editor-in-chief isSteve Forbes, and its CEO is Mike Federle. The vice chairman and strategic adviser isMichael Perlis.
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In 2014, the Hong Kong-based investor group called Integrated Whale Media Investments (IWM) purchased a majority stake inForbes Media. The Forbes business model consists of a paid contributor network making money per article based on traffic benchmarks. Here is the details of how the model works by Forbes magazine editor Randall Lane, “Why Forbes Is Investing Big Money In Its Contributor Network.” Forbes also generates revenue through subscriptions and advertising.
Politically, Forbes presents a reasonable balance through their contributors, however when looking at articles pertaining to Trump there are more in favor of his policies than against.
A factual search reveals that Forbes has produced a misleading claim according to an IFCN fact checker. Although Forbes is usually evidence based when it comes to science, they do not always support the consensus when it comes to climate change. For example, they have employed James Taylor as a columnist who writes anti-climate science propaganda and has connections to the questionable Heartland Institute and Exxon-Mobil. They have also published articles by Roy Spencer, who has a long track record of climate change denial. Spencer has also been a speaker for the Heartland Institute and has connections to the fossil fuel industry. Lastly, Forbes has published several articles that are rated Very Low for Science Credibility by IFCN fact checker Climate Feedback.
Overall, we rate Forbes Right-Center biased based on story selection that tends to favor the right and the political affiliation of its ownership. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misleading or false stories related to climate science. (7/14/2016) Updated (12/12/2018)