These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in 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 conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate InsideSources Mostly Factual for reporting rather than High due to not always aligning with the consensus on human-influenced climate change and Right-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the right.
Factual Reporting: Mostly Factual
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Launched in 2014, InsideSources is a technology news and opinion website. InsideSources states: “We’re focused on energy and technology policy, while also offering in-depth analysis of economic, political, and statistical trends.” Shawn McCoy is the Publisher of InsideSources. He is the former Iowa Communications Director for the Romney Campaign.
Funded by / Ownership
InsideSources is owned by InsideSources LLC, which may or not be headed by Shawn McCoy. The website appears to be funded through advertising, though there may be other avenues not known as there is no disclosure.
Analysis / Bias
In review, InsideSources utilizes strong loaded words in both headlines and articles, such as “How the Trump Administration Is Siding With International Terrorists Over American Citizens.” However, they typically present both sides of political news, such as: “Deficits and Punitive Taxes: President Obama’s Latest Budget Looks a Lot Like His Past.” InsideSources usually use credible sources to support their information such as Weekly Standard, Washington Post, and Congress.gov. In opinion pieces regarding economics and climate change, InsideSources has a right-leaning bias and utilizes sources such as the corporately funded American Enterprise Institute, which does not always support the consensus of science when it comes to climate change. Some authors regularly downplay climate change and its impacts such as this Consider Polar Bears: Cute, Iconic — and Surprisingly Abundant. This story does not align with the consensus that Polar Bears are threatened by Sea Ice loss.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate InsideSources Mostly Factual for reporting rather than High due to not always aligning with the consensus on human-influenced climate change and Right-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the right. (M. Huitsing 11/22/2017) Updated (8/30/2020)