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.
- Overall, we rate Men’s Health Magazine Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them mostly factual in reporting rather than high due to occasionally promoting harmless pseudoscience.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rank: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1986, Men’s Health Magazine and its website cover various men’s lifestyle topics such as fitness, nutrition, fashion, and sexuality. According to their about page, “Men’s Health is the world’s largest men’s magazine brand and the number one source of information for and about men. It’s the brand for active, successful, professional men who want greater control over their physical, mental, and emotional lives.”
Funded by / Ownership
Men’s Health is owned by Hearst Communications, which owns newspapers, magazines, television channels, and television stations, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, and Esquire. According to Open Secrets, Hearst donated 70% to Republican candidates and causes in 2020. Advertising, sponsored content, and magazine sales generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
Men’s Health publishes short and long-form articles about men’s lifestyle, fitness, nutrition, fashion, and sexuality. Articles and headlines contain moderately loaded wording, such as this Troy Aikman Shared the Workout and Diet That Keeps Him Ripped at 55. All the articles reviewed were properly sourced from either peer-reviewed scientific information or credible media sources such as the Wall Street Journal.
Editorially, Men’s Health does not produce op-eds; however, they report on political issues when it relates to health that is negative toward the right such as this A New Study Links Donald Trump’s ‘Chinese Virus’ Tweet to Rise in Anti-Asian Hate Speech and I Helped Crush Trump’s Backward Trans Military Ban.
A study revealed that Men’s Health is not always reliable when it comes to science. The study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health indicates that for “recommendations from Men’s Health, evidence supported approximately 23% of the 80 recommendations, while evidence was unclear, nonexistent, or contradictory for approximately 77% of the recommendations.” In other words, Men’s Health Magazine mildly promotes harmless pseudoscience usually related to diet and holds a left-leaning political bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the last 5 years.
Overall, we rate Men’s Health Magazine Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favor the left. We also rate them mostly factual in reporting rather than high due to occasionally promoting harmless pseudoscience. (D. Van Zandt 04/16/2022)
Last Updated on April 16, 2022 by Media Bias Fact Check