- Overall, we rate the Louisiana Illuminator 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 Louisiana Illuminator is an online news website from Louisiana. Their about statement reads, “The Louisiana Illuminator is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization driven by its mission to cast light on how decisions are made in Baton Rouge and how they affect the lives of everyday Louisianians, particularly those who are poor or otherwise marginalized.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the Louisiana Illuminator 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 Georgia Recorder 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 Louisiana Illuminator publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Louisiana. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects Louisianans. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderate, loaded language Young Black and Latino voters seen as key in turning back midterm ‘red wave.’
They properly source, linking to the Louisiana Illuminator and credible sources such as whitehouse.gov, Washington Post, Politico, Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets), and bls.gov (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this Conspiracy theorists urge voting as late as possible on Election Day to ‘stop the steal’. On the issues, the Louisiana Illuminator promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this At Nevada rally, Trump brags about size of crowd on January 6. The Louisiana Illuminator 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 Louisiana Illuminator 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 11/13/2022)
Last Updated on June 2, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check