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 Government Executive Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly 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
Government Executive is an American trade magazine, founded in 1969. The magazine is distributed free to senior executives in federal, state and local governments. In 2009, the independent research firm Market Connections, Inc. cited the magazine as the number one publication read by federal managers. According to their about page “Government Executive is government’s business news daily and the premier digital destination for senior leaders in the federal government’s departments and agencies. Our readers are the high-ranking civilian and military officials who are responsible for defending the nation and carrying out the laws that define the government’s role in our economy and society.” The current editor-in-chief is Tom Shoop.
Funded by / Ownership
Government Executive was purchased in 1987 by National Journal, which itself was purchased in 1997 by the Atlantic Media Company, owned by David Bradley. Atlantic Media publishes several prominent magazines and websites such as The Atlantic, National Journal and Defense One. Revenue is derived through advertising and sponsored content.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Government Executive covers the business of the federal government and its huge departments and agencies. Original articles contain headlines that often use minimal loaded emotional wording such as this: Labor Department Set to Streamline Procurement Services. This article is also properly sourced to the Department of Labor and Whitehouse.gov. Some stories come from other Atlantic Media properties such as this from The Atlantic: Why Nikki Haley’s Departure Shocked Washington.
Editorially, Government Executive is pro-union and frequently reports somewhat negatively on the Trump administration such as this originating from The Atlantic: Why Trump (Probably) Won’t Ditch Rudy. In general, they report factually and hold a slight left leaning editorial bias.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Government Executive Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 7/6/2016) Updated (1/27/2020)