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 the Gothamist Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors 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 2003, Gothamist is a website about New York City news, arts, events, and food. The website was created by Jake Dobkin and Jen Chung.
According to their Wikipedia entry The Gothamist blog has received a number of awards and commendations, including six Bloggies nominations. It was named a “Forbes Favorite”, and a BusinessWeek “Best of the Web”. In 2007, Gothamist was named blog of the year by Wired magazine and given a Wired Rave Award.
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Funded by / Ownership
Until 2018, the Gothamist was owned by Gothamist LLC, at that time New York Public Radio acquired the Gothamist. The website is funded through advertising, membership fees and donations. They also disclaim that “Support for Gothamist is provided by Craig Newmark Philanthropies and Josh Reznick. Additional support provided by the Wyncote Foundation and the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation.”
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Gothamist publishes news about New York City, Arts & Entertainment and Food. For this review we will focus on news reporting. News reporting features two styles, some are straightforward and low biased such as this: Is This The Beginning Of The End For Free Parking In NYC? and others are snarky in tone and often favor the left such as this: Donald Trump Ditches New York, Declares Palm Beach His ‘Primary Residence’. Both of these stories are properly sourced to mainstream outlets such as the New York Times and New York Post.
Editorially, story selection leans moderately left such as this: Ten Moments In NYC LGBTQ Activist History You Need To Know In Addition To Stonewall. In general, news is reported accurately and with proper sourcing.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Gothamist Left-Center Biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 11/2/2019)
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