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- Overall, we rate Harper’s Magazine Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor a moderate liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to in-depth journalism, proper sourcing, and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Harper’s Magazine (also called Harper’s) is a monthly magazine of literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. Launched in June 1850, it is the second-oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the U.S. The current editorial director is Ellen Rosenbush. According to their about page, “Harper’s Magazine, the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explores the issues that drive our national conversation through long-form narrative journalism and essays, and such celebrated features as the iconic Harper’s Index.”
The website provides a Masthead.
Funded by / Ownership
Harper’s Magazine is owned by the Harper’s Magazine Foundation, which is a nonprofit based in New York City. The Foundation is headed by John R. MacArthur who primarily funds the magazine. Revenue is generated through advertising, subscriptions, and the sale of merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Harper’s Magazine publishes long-form narrative journalism and essays in print and with limited access on the website. Topics consist of culture, politics and social issues from a moderately liberal perspective. Headlines contain moderately loaded language such as this: Left of Europe and this Never Would I Ever, which showcases President Trump’s inconsistencies with his statements. The magazine and website also feature Harper’s Index, which presents interesting factual statistics. Editorially, most stories moderately favor the left and are very well written for an educated reader.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Harper’s Magazine Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favor a moderate liberal perspective. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to in-depth journalism, proper sourcing, and a clean fact-check record. (5/16/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 12/09/2022)
Last Updated on December 9, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check