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 Honolulu Civil Beat strongly Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of Ebay, Honolulu Civil Beat is an investigative news website that practices watchdog journalism related to the U.S. state of Hawaii. The current executive editor is Patti Epler.
According to their about page “Our goal is to challenge our leaders to do better. We are the watchdogs of the public’s trust and we take seriously the mission to educate our citizens on important public issues.”
Funded by / Ownership
Honolulu Civil Beat is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt news organization and is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, a coalition of more than 200 nonprofit newsrooms across the U.S. According to their about page “Civil Beat receives substantial support from Pierre and Pam Omidyar through the Omidyar Ohana Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation. We also rely heavily on donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses.” Civil Beat is completely transparent through revealing their donors, which can be found here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Honolulu Civil Beat publishes original watchdog investigative journalism covering education, politics, and environmental issues. They also provide a database of information related to Police Misconduct, Public Employee Salaries, and Financial disclosures. Original content typically uses minimal to moderate loaded language such as this: Most UH Students Are People Of Color But Their Teachers Are Mainly White. This story is appropriately sourced to Brookings Institution and the University of Hawaii. Many original articles focus on the environment such as this: Maui’s Water Fight Has Become A Major Power Struggle and climate change Hawaii 2040: Climate Change Is Already Here. And We’re Running Out Of Time. Again, both of these reports are properly sourced.
Politically and editorially the majority of commentary leans progressive liberal with support for fighting climate change, protecting the environment, education, and gun control. Further, there is frequent negative reporting on the Trump Administration: There’s A Wider Scandal Suggested By The Trump Investigations.
The Honolulu Civil Beat also republishes news from the Associated Press. In general, news reporting is in-depth and factual, with moderate left-leaning bias in story selection and editorial commentaries.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Honolulu Civil Beat strongly Left-Center Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/24/2019)