These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
- Overall, we rate Mental Floss Least Biased based on minimal news reporting pertaining to politics. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2001, Mental Floss is a lifestyle and entertainment website that caters to a millennial audience. According to their about page “Mental Floss delivers smart, fun and shareable content in an upbeat and witty environment. An encyclopedia of everything, we answer life’s big questions and uncover stories so interesting our readers absolutely must share them.”
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Analysis / Bias
In review, Mental Floss is pretty much what you would expect from the name of the site. Light news, entertainment news, human interest, heath and beauty tips, etc. In short, everything you’d expect from the Lifestyle section of your local paper. As such, it is better than average for this type of site. They do not publish hard news, nor should anyone expect them to. They do carry some light news, however, and what they do carry is factual and well sourced. Most of their external story links are to clickbait sites which, while less than I have seen on similar sites, do detract from the overall quality. While I will admit to a personal dislike for clickbait sites, I do understand why people carry them. They do help pay the bills, after all, and that’s something we can all relate to.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate Mental Floss Least Biased based on minimal news reporting pertaining to politics. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Kelley 3/3/2017) Updated (10/5/2019)