These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Harper’s Bazaar Left biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor the left. We also rate them mostly factual in reporting rather than high due to a lack of transparency in disclosing editorial perspectives and not labeling opinion content.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1867, Harper’s Bazaar is a monthly magazine and website covering women’s fashion, culture, and lifestyle. The magazine was one of the first-ever to cover women’s fashion. The website lacks transparency as they do not offer a detailed about page to describe its objectives and political orientation. The limited about page discloses editorial leadership and ownership.
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Funded by / Ownership
Harper’s Bazaar is owned by Hearst Communications, which owns newspapers, magazines, and television stations, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and Esquire. According to Open Secrets, Hearst donated 70% to Republican candidates and causes in 2020. Advertising, sponsored content, magazine sales, and a shop that sells fashion-related merchandise generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Harper’s Bazaar publishes short and long-form articles about women’s fashion, culture, and lifestyle. Articles and headlines contain moderately loaded wording, such as this The “Great Replacement Theory” Was Never “Fringe.” All the articles reviewed were properly sourced from credible media sources such as The Atlantic and New York Times. While stories that pertain to fashion tend to be low-biased “Bergdorf Goodman Pays Homage to ’70s Fashion in a New Campaign with Denée Benton,” those related to politics support a progressive liberal perspective.
The website also republishes articles from other Hearst properties like Esquire and Cosmopolitan.
Editorially, Harper’s Bazaar does not have a dedicated opinion section; however, they publish stories related to politics and provide commentary from a liberal perspective under the politics category. For example, many stories report negatively on the right such as this Ghosting the Confederacy, while reporting favorably on the left, like this Domestic Workers Deserve Rights, Too. Further, many articles in the political category favor issues supported by the left such as abortion rights, equal pay for women, and anti-racism. In general, Harper’s Bazaar reports news from a left-leaning perspective but does not appropriately label opinion content.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the last 5 years.
Overall, we rate Harper’s Bazaar Left biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor the left. We also rate them mostly factual in reporting rather than high due to a lack of transparency in disclosing editorial perspectives and not labeling opinion content. (D. Van Zandt 05/22/2022)
Last Updated on June 3, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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