- Overall, we rate the Kansas Reflector Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Kansas Reflector is an online news website from Kansas. Their about statement reads, “Through its opinion section, Kansas Reflector works to amplify voices of people whose lives are affected by public policies but who might typically be left out of public debate. We seek to increase Kansans’ awareness of how decisions made by elected representatives and other public servants affect our day-to-day lives.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the Kansas Reflector is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. States Newsroom publishes 28 other publications. The Kansas Reflector is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page. Initially, when they launched, they got fiscal sponsorship from the Hopewell Foundation; however, once the IRS approved their application for 501(c)(3) charity certification, they severed their ties with Hopewell Foundation. There has been criticism of their involvement with the Hopewell Foundation, and they have responded to the criticism here.
Analysis / Bias
The Kansas Reflector publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Kansas. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects the people of Kansas. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderate, loaded language Keystone Pipeline has history of spills, warnings and fines. Kansas spill is largest yet.
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this Libraries serve communities, not aggrieved parents. Kansans can learn from challenged books. On the issues, the Kansas Reflector promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this Kansas’ Dan Hawkins and Trump prove that political normalcy remains a distant dream
The Kansas Reflector generally reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds strongly favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Kansas Reflector Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 12/14/2022)
Last Updated on December 14, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check