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 appeals 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 Grid News Left-Center Biased based on 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.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2022, Grid News is an explainer journalism news website and newsletter based in Washington DC. According to their about page, they state “Grid’s mission is to connect with an audience that wants a deeper, clearer understanding of the world around them, regardless of their political orientation. We provide the facts and context necessary to understand how world events, persistent challenges, and mega-trends are connected to one another — and require connected solutions.”
The website is fully transparent regarding staff, the board, and authors but less clear on ownership. Mark Bauman is the current President and CEO who has “oversaw various media businesses at the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic. He also covered international conflicts for ABC News, as well as for a number of newspapers and magazines.”
Funded by / Ownership
Media Investment Projects OpCo LLC owns Grid News. However, the ownership structure of Media Investment Projects OpCo is not clear other than they list 5 board members on their about page. According to Politico, Grid News may have connections to the United Arab Emirates through funding. Further, according to the New York Times, Grid News raised about $10 million in the first round of funding from Abu Dhabi-based International Media Investments and Brian Edelman, a tech executive. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Grid News conducts original reporting through journalists in the following categories: 360, Global, Economy, Politics, Climate, Science, Technology, and Misinformation. The primary focus is on explainer journalism. Put simply, explainer journalism “attempts to get behind the news to give the reader background information about a story to ensure that they are able to properly understand events as they unfold.”
Articles and headlines often contain moderately loaded emotional language that favors the left, such as this Fake vaccine cards are everywhere. It’s a public health nightmare and The excruciatingly long, slow ‘death’ of coal. All articles reviewed offer excellent sourcing from credible media outlets such as Reuters, The Associated Press, and Columbia University.
Editorially, many stories favor perspectives that align with the left, such as concern for climate change It is always disaster season, and supportive articles concerning Joe Biden What if a law on the books derails the 2024 presidential election? Trump’s team tried it in 2020. Under the “misinformation” category they accurately report on Covid misinformation and Donald Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories regarding election fraud, The Big Lie’s lasting damage to American democracy. Finally, while most stories favor the left, they do offer criticism as well, such as this ‘A tactical mistake’: Inside the Democrats’ year of failed attempts to mend a fraying democracy. Grid News generally holds a strong Left-Center bias editorially and reports news factually.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years.
Overall, we rate Grid News Left-Center Biased based on 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. (01/27/2022) Updated (01/28/2022)
Last Updated on January 28, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check