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 IBT Mixed for factual reporting due to a false claim and use of factually mixed sources and Left-Center biased due to story selection that slightly favors the left.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2006, The International Business Times / IB Times or IBT is an online news publication and according to their about page they provide “comprehensive coverage and analysis of the most important business, economic, political and technological issues around the world.”
Headquartered in New York, the founders of The International Business Times are Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis who also owns Newsweek Media Group. Currently the editor of The International Business Times is Peter S. Goodman.
Funded by / Ownership
In 2013, Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis acquired Newsweek and IBT Media re-branded itself as Newsweek Media Group in 2017. Recently, it is been reported by Newsweek that Etienne Uzac, co-owner of Newsweek Media Group and Marion Kim, the company’s finance director, both stepped down due to a long-term financial fraud probe. International Business Times is funded through online advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In review, IBT publishes slightly left leaning tabloid style, attention-grabbing stories, or those with shock value such as: “Passenger’s Repeated Farts Force Airline To Make Emergency Landing” and” “Dustin Snyder, Teenage Cancer Patient, Dies Weeks After Marrying Girlfriend.”
In their articles, The International Business Times publishes news stories utilizing credible news sources such as The Daily Beast and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They also utilize factually mixed sources such as Fox News and Daily Mirror. The International Business Times sometimes reports news such as “Man Claims He Time Traveled From 2048 To Warn Of Alien Invasion.” This story originally appeared in Huff Po as “Weird News”, however The International Business Times / IBT published this story as “National News.” Further, The International Business Times has made a false claim that was identified by fact checkers.
Overall, we rate IBT Mixed for factual reporting due to a false claim and use of factually mixed sources and Left-Center biased due to story selection that slightly favors the left. (10/12/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 2/11/2020)