These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate the Independent Voter Network (IVN) Least Biased based on reasonably balanced editorial perspectives. It is important to remember that this source is least biased because of diverse opinions and not because they don’t publish biased content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Independent Voter Network was founded in 2012. From the IVN about page: “The purpose of IVN.us is to provide unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. Unlike traditional media outlets and elsewhere in the “blogosphere” where the diversity of viewpoints is often reduced into partisan circles, IVN actively encourages writers and readers of different political tendencies to engage in a constructive dialogue.”
Funded by / Ownership
The Independent Voter Network is published by The Independent Voter Project, a 501(c)4 nonprofit, and the Foundation for Independent Voter Education which is a 501(c)3 that is “dedicated to restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy.” Revenue is derived through donations and advertising. Some of the top donors are AT&T, Koch Industries, Walmart, and Western States Petroleum Association.
Analysis / Bias
In review, IVN publishes news and opinion on USA politics. Topics include elections, campaigns, healthcare, legislation, and more. The website also publishes podcasts and articles from The Fulcrum. Articles and headlines are focused to appeal to the independent voter sometimes with loaded emotional wording such as this Joe Biden Can’t Bring Voters Together, But There’s One Reform That Can and this Guilty Parties: Our Elections Have Been Stolen; Just Not How You Think.
Editorially, op-eds are generally balanced with opinions coming from both the right and left. For example, this op-ed leans left OPINION: The Best Antidote to Trumpism is More Democracy and this that leans right Opinion: Justin Amash Is The Adult They Won’t Let On The Debate Stage. In general, the news is reported factually and with a reasonable left-right editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the Independent Voter Network (IVN) Least Biased based on reasonably balanced editorial perspectives. It is important to remember that this source is least biased because of diverse opinions and not because they don’t publish biased content. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 2/9/2017) Updated (2/19/2021)