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 Freakonomics Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2005, Freakonomics Radio is an American public radio program that discusses socioeconomic issues for a general audience. The show is a spin-off of the 2005 book Freakonomics. Journalist Stephen Dubner hosts the show, with economist Steven Levitt as a regular guest. The show is also distributed as a podcast and is among the most popular on iTunes. The show is featured on NPR.
Funded by / Ownership
The website is owned by Freakonomics LLC with revenue derived through advertising and sales of branded merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Freakonomics website features links to their podcast and radio show as well as other information regarding their broadcast. While the website does not provide news stories it does offer transcripts of its programming. The information on the website via their programming tends to moderately favor the left with programming that is somewhat negative of the current Trump administration Does the President Matter as Much as You Think? (Ep. 404). In general, Freakonomics is factual and holds only a slight left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Freakonomics Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/23/2016) Updated (8/29/2020)