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 appealing 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 Mediapart Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that strongly favor the left-center. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: France (34/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2008, by Marie-Hélène Smiéjan, Godefroy Beauvallet, and former editor-in-chief of Le Monde, Edwy Plenel, Mediapart is an investigative online news magazine based in Paris-France. Mediapart covers national and international news, politics, the economy, and culture. Mediapart allows subscribers to publish their own blogs under the section called “The Club,” which everyone can read without a subscription. Besides French, the news is published in English and Spanish. Edwy Plenel is the editor and publisher of Mediapart.
Funded by / Ownership
Mediapart is owned by Société pour la protection de l’indépendance de Mediapart (Company for the protection of the independence of Mediapart or SPIM) which is owned by Fonds pour une Presse Libre (Fund for a free press FPL). FPL is chaired by Michel Broué (mathematician, university professor) and SPIM is chaired by François Vitrani. For more information on the ownership structure of FPL and SPIM, please see here. With no advertising, Mediapart generates all revenue from subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Mediapart editorially holds left-centrists views and promotes progressive perspectives such as “In Iraq, being a feminist at the risk of your life” and “Searches, isolation, assaults: trans people denounce violence in detention.” Mediapart also publishes investigative articles such as “Rafale Papers’: France opens judicial probe into fighter deal with India, new revelations emerge,” “Children in care: the scandal of flouted court decisions,” and “French commentator Éric Zemmour accused of sexual violence against women.” They also publish articles critical of Centrist PM Macron with emotionally loaded worded headlines such as “Macron the ‘Sun President’ and his parallel universe.”
On topics such as immigration, Mediapart publishes articles, interviews with a pro-immigration stance such as “Show us respect and equality: filmmaker, feminist Samia Chala on why France must look in the mirror and lift the veil ban,” and “How France’s shameful deportations help Ramzan Kadyrov’s brutal Chechen regime.” They also report from a pro-science perspective on climate change “French court gives government ultimatum on climate change action.”
Mediapart sources properly through hyperlinking to credible outlets such as national newspapers like (left-center newspaper) Le Monde, (least biased) France 24, (right-center) Le Figaro, and sources such as the BBC, Times of Israel, and The New York Times. They also re-publish articles from the newswire service AFP. On international news, they are favorable towards President Biden’s Administration “Joe Biden’s economic bet.”
In general, Mediapart reports news factually and uses a wide variety of left-leaning and right-leaning sources; however, editorially, they promote liberal positions on most issues.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate Mediapart Left-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that strongly favor the left-center. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (M. Huitsing 7/7/2021)