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 using appeal 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 Mic Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting for one-sided bias and two failed fact checks.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2011, Mic (formerly PolicyMic) is a media company that targets millennials. Mic was sold to Bustle Media Group in 2018. According to their about page “We work with creators to uncover issues and stories that matter through the lens of authenticity, inclusivity, and conversation. An audience-first, personalized approach allows us to speak to the many or the few, united by a boundless curiosity about the changing world and our place in it.”
Funded by / Ownership
Mic is owned by the Bustle Digital Group, which is owned by Bryan Goldberg. According to their about page “Bustle Digital Group is the largest premium publisher reaching millennial women. Every month, nearly 80 million readers turn to Bustle Digital Group publications — Romper, Elite Daily, and The Zoe Report — for impactful conversation around the interests and issues engaging women today.” According to the Wall Street Journal Bustle has received funding of 50.5 million dollars from a variety of companies. Revenue is derived from advertising, sponsored content, and product links.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Mic publishes news and commentary that is favorable to the left such as this Trump calls into Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre Pennsylvania GOP hearing for a rambling pity party. This story is properly sourced to Politico. In another story, Trump might pardon Michael Flynn as part of an 11th-hour pardoning spree. For context, Trump pardoned Flynn hours later here. In general, story selection always favors the left and usually is properly sourced.
Failed Fact Checks
- Eating alligator in New Orleans will help save the wetlands of Louisiana.– False
- GOP Bill and Sexual Assault – False
Overall, we rate Mic Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that favor the left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting for one-sided bias and two failed fact checks. (D. Van Zandt 12/15/2016) Updated (11/25/2020)