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 Journal (MJ) Left-Center Biased based on an editorial bias that favors a liberal perspective. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than high due to lightly promoting pseudoscience resulting in two failed fact checks.
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
Men’s Journal is a monthly men’s lifestyle magazine covering various men’s lifestyle topics such as Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Style, and Traveling. Like other male-targeted magazines, Men’s Journal includes stories about fashion and celebrities. Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner launched Men’s Journal (MJ) in 1992. In 2017, Wenner sold Men’s Journal to American Media Inc. It is now known as a360media.
Funded by / Ownership
Men’s Journal is owned by a360media (Accelerate 360), a unit of American News Company LLC. In August 2020, the American News Company changed its name to Accelerate360. Accelerate360 is owned by private equity firm Chatham Asset Management LLC, a New Jersey-based hedge fund that owns McClatchy, Postmedia, and Vericast. Men’s Journal is funded by advertising, subscription, and newsstand sales. Furthermore, Men’s Journal gets paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through links to retailer sites like Amazon, such as here.
Analysis / Bias
Men’s Journal publishes articles and editorials on environmental issues, such as “How Fully (Un)prepared Is America for a Supercharged Electric Vehicle Rollout in the Near Future?” This story is properly sourced from credible outlets such as Globalchange.mit.edu.
The primary focus of the magazine/website is on Men’s health and fitness, such as: “The Hamstring Workout That Helped Raiders Tight End Darren Waller Make His Big Comeback.”
Regarding politics, they sometimes publish stories about major political figures like Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump regarding their health, fitness, and fashion taste. In analyzing these articles, MJ utilizes emotionally loaded language, typically positive toward Democratic party politicians, like this article about President Biden’s fashion taste: “Joe Biden Proves the Short-Sleeve Button-Down is Timeless.” And this article about Obama’s fitness and health: “Obama Is Fit to Lead.” However, when reporting on former President Donald Trump, they report negatively, such as this “We Know He’s Huuuge, But Is He Obese?”
Finally, Men’s Journal has made false and misleading claims when reporting on science and health by promoting pseudoscience, as evidenced below in our failed fact checks. Generally, Men’s Journal is mostly fact-based and holds a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- Say goodbye to belly fat with this workout. – Misleading
- “Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000-2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants,” – False
Overall, we rate Men’s Journal (MJ) Left-Center Biased based on an editorial bias that favors a liberal perspective. We also rate them as Mostly Factual in reporting rather than high due to lightly promoting pseudoscience resulting in two failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 12/30/2022)
Last Updated on June 5, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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