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 appeals 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. Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
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 appeals 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.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Maryland Matters is an online news website from Maryland. Their about statement reads, “We will cover all the important issues: education and transportation, poverty and health care, energy and the environment, the business community and organized labor, and of course, politics. Maryland citizens will have the news they need to hold their government and elected officials accountable.”
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Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, Maryland Matters 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. Maryland Matters 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
Maryland Matters publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Maryland. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects Marylanders. Articles and headlines sometimes promote liberal perspectives through minimal, loaded language Dems take two more Senate seats, win Frederick County exec race.
They properly source, linking to 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 moderately favor the left, such as this Don Mohler: Advice to beleaguered Democrats as the campaign ticks down to its final days. On the issues, Maryland Matters promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they occasionally report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this Trump ‘chose not to act’ as U.S. Capitol underwent attack, Jan. 6 panel says. Maryland Matters generally reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds moderately favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Maryland Matters Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 11/19/2022)
Last Updated on November 19, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check
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