Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: Australia 19/180
Notes: Founded in 2005, MercatorNet is an Australian online magazine. MercatorNet describes their ideals as “Reframing ethical and policy debates in terms of human dignity, not dollars and cents or political calculation.” The editor of the website is Michael Cook.
In review, MercatorNet uses loaded language both in their headlines and articles. Story selection heavily favors conservative causes and a right-wing political agenda, such as: “The left is way more dangerous than loony white supremacists“, “Hilllary Clinton is right: You can be a feminist and pro-life” and “Is Trump the new Constantine?” MercatorNet also sometimes publishes Onion like satirical articles such as “Exclusive: Trump to get Nobel Peace Prize” MercatorNet typically sources to credible media such as The Conversation, The Guardian, Huff Post, National Review as well as national sources like The West Australian and occasionally a factually mixed source such as The Daily Mail. Overall, we rate MercatorNet Right Biased based on story selection that favors the right and High for factual reporting based on mostly proper sourcing. (M. Huitsing 11/21/2017)