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 reporting of information that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate In These Times as far-Left Biased based on editorial positions that align with Democratic Socialism. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to a significant imbalance in story selection and frequent emotional language, which can be misleading.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1976, In These Times is an American politically progressive monthly magazine of news and opinion published in Chicago, Illinois. According to their about page, they are “an independent, nonprofit magazine, is dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.”
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Funded by / Ownership
In These Times is a nonprofit owned and published by the Institute for Public Affairs (U.S.). Revenue is derived through advertising and donations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, In These Times publishes news and opinion articles from a Democratic Socialist perspective. There is the frequent use of emotionally loaded language that favors the left, such as this: To Save Species from Extinction, We Must Consider More than Just Numbers. Although biased in wording, this story is properly sourced to scientific studies as well as The Conversation. Story selection always favors the progressive left and often denigrates the right and establishment Democrats like this: Joe Biden Lied His Face Off About the Iraq War.
Editorially, In These Times always favors the progressive left and denigrates corporations and those who support them. They often report favorably on Democratic Socialist candidates such as Bernie Sanders, as evidenced by this: Want More Proof of Corporate Media’s Anti-Bernie Bias? Look at MSNBC’s Democratic Debate. In general, In These Times aligns with what would be considered the far left today: Pro-Environment, Pro-Choice, Pro-Feminism, Anti-Capitalism, Anti-Militarism, and Pro-Civil Rights. While these may not seem like extreme issues, in our current political climate, they are considered on the far end of the left. In general, In These Times sources information correctly and is factual while holding a far-left editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate In These Times as far-Left Biased based on editorial positions that align with Democratic Socialism. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to a significant imbalance in story selection and frequent emotional language, which can be misleading. (D. Van Zandt 5/13/2016) Updated (01/08/2023)
Last Updated on May 26, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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