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 HITC Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the Left. We also rate them Mostly Factual due to poor sourcing techniques and an unproven claim via fact-checkers.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2000, HITC (formerly Here is the City) is a UK-based news and entertainment site. According to their about page, “HITC also has two popular Youtube channels, HITC Sevens and HITC Sport, with several hundred thousand subscribers.”
The website is reasonably transparent, listing authors with short bios and ownership at the bottom of pages.
Funded by / Ownership
GRV Media owns and publishes HITC. They own several websites related to sports, gaming, and entertainment. Advertising generates revenue.
Analysis / Bias
The HITC website provides original reporting on gaming, TV, music, football, movies, and world news. The primary emphasis of HITC is sports and entertainment. To determine bias, we examined their coverage of world news. We found minimal use of loaded emotional language such as this RHODE ISLAND APPROVES LEGISLATION FOR GUN CONTROL MINIMUM AGE CHANGE. Although this story is balanced by presenting both sides, it fails to hyperlink information that is inappropriate for an online-only publication.
HITC does not produce opinion content, but they do demonstrate bias when reporting on Conservative PM Boris Johnson, such as this WOULD I LIE TO YOU FT BORIS JOHNSON IS THE FUNNIEST VIDEO YOU’LL SEE TODAY. When reporting on other political figures, they tend to poke fun vs. criticize the policy, such as this JOE BIDEN’S BIKE FALL MOMENT GENERATES MEME-WORTHY REACTIONS FROM THE INTERNET and DONALD TRUMP HAS ISSUES WITH WINDMILLS BUT LOVES YMCA.
Finally, HITC debunks conspiracy theories such as this WHAT IS SHARPIEGATE? 2020 ELECTION THEORY DEBUNKED BY ARIZONA ELECTION OFFICIALS. They also report accurately on current political events in the USA, such as this WHO IS TONY ORNATO? ASSISTANT DIRECTOR DENIES TRUMP ‘LUNGING’ CLAIMS. In this story, they reference CNN (without a hyperlink) as the source of information on Tony Ornato’s claims. In general, HITC reports factual news but with poor sourcing techniques and a slight left-leaning political bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- In September 2021, Vincent Paterno, a FedEx Ground driver in Washington state, was fired for bragging online that he did not deliver packages to customers he perceived as politically left-leaning. – Unproven
Overall, we rate HITC Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the Left. We also rate them Mostly Factual due to poor sourcing techniques and an unproven claim via fact-checkers. (D. Van Zandt 07/01/2022)
Last Updated on May 24, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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