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 Law & Crime Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. 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
Law & Crime (formerly Law Newz) is founded and run by Dan Abrams, who is currently the Chief Legal Analyst for ABC News. According to their about page “LawandCrime.com is the only site and OTT Network that covers live court video, high-profile criminal trials, crazy crime, celebrity justice, and smart legal analysis. The site’s team of journalists and lawyers provide real-time news updates along with live courtroom coverage of the most fascinating trials and legal stories.” The current editor-in-chief is Rachel Stockman.
Funded by / Ownership
Law & Crime is owned by the Abrams Media Network, which also owns the left-leaning Mediaite and The Mary Sue. In 2017, A+E Network invested in Law & Crime and will provide trial coverage for its video streams. The website generates revenue through advertising and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website features links to watch live streams of ongoing court cases as well as a link that directs you to all the places you can watch, such as Pluto TV. The Law & Crime website also publishes news about court cases with occasionally sensational wording, such as this: ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Michael Gargiulo Found Guilty of Horrific Murders. They also report news that is related to law such as this: AOC Using Similar Argument to Trump to Insist She Can Block People on Twitter. This story, like most, is properly sourced to credible media outlets. Editorially, Law & Crime frequently report negatively on the Trump administration: Sorry, Trump: New York’s ‘Red Flag’ Law Doesn’t Let You Take Chris Cuomo’s Guns. The clearly labeled opinion piece is properly sourced to Cornell Law. In general, news reporting is factual and minimally biased, however, editorially there is moderate left-leaning bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Law & Crime Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 10/30/2016) Updated (9/14/2020)