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 Kotaku Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Kotaku is a video game website and blog that was originally launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network. Univision Communications bought Gawker Media in August 2016 and rebranded it as Gizmodo Media Group. The current editor is Stephen Totilo.
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Funded by / Ownership
Kotaku is owned by G/O Media Inc. which is a media company that runs Gizmodo, Deadpin, Jezebel, The Onion, and other sister websites. G/O was formed in early 2019 when Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, purchased the websites from Univision. Revenue is derived from advertising, sponsored content, and sales of merchandise.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Kotaku primarily covers video games and entertainment news, however, they do occasionally cover politics when it relates to video games, internet or entertainment. Kotaku uses minimal to moderately loaded headlines such as this: Trump Says Video Game Violence Is ‘Shaping Young People’s Thoughts’. All information contained in articles is well sourced to credible media outlets or sources. Story selection moderately favors the left.
A factual search reveals they never failed a fact check by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate Kotaku Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 9/28/2018)
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