Last updated on January 7th, 2022 at 09:10 pm
These media sources are moderate to strongly biased toward liberal causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by appealing to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports, and omit information reporting that may damage liberal causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Left Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate the Milwaukee Independent firmly Left Biased based on editorial positions and advocacy for progressive causes. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to consistent one-sided reporting and weak sourcing techniques.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Founded in 2015, the Milwaukee Independent is a progressive news and opinion organization/website. According to their about page, “The Milwaukee Independent is an award-winning and advertising-free daily news magazine that advocates for inclusive social understanding in Milwaukee by publishing positive news content covering a wide range of topics as a catalyst for community development.”
Funded by / Ownership
Milwaukee Independent LLC owns and publishes the Milwaukee Independent. They state on their about page “A fiscal sponsor provides its 501(c)3 status as an umbrella to the Milwaukee Independent until our 501(c)3 status is approved.” Membership fees and donations generate revenue.
Analysis / Bias
The Milwaukee Independent reports original news through correspondents covering the greater Milwaukee area. Articles and headlines do not contain emotional wording such as this METRO MILWAUKEE AREA ALLOCATED $7M IN WORKFORCE INITIATIVE GRANTS TO HELP EMPLOY HUNDREDS OF WORKERS. News articles do not provide hyperlinked sourcing; however, they provide quotes and attribution.
The website features opinion columns that exclusively align with the progressive left, often promoting anti-racism, equality, and workers’ rights such as this YOUR DISCOMFORT WITH TALKING ABOUT RACISM IS MAKING ME VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. They also routinely denigrate conservatives and their policies such as this WHEN CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS COME TO THE SOBERING REALITY THAT THEY ARE ANTITHETICAL TO JESUS and this PERPETUATING TRUMP’S BIG LIE: HOW REPUBLICANS ARE SETTING THE STAGE FOR ANTHER INSURRECTION IN 2024. The latter column comes from Progressive columnist and radio host Thom Hartmann. In general, the Milwaukee Independent aligns with the progressive left through editorial positions and advocacy. News is deemed mostly factual rather than high based on consistent one-sided reporting that favors the left.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Milwaukee Independent firmly Left Biased based on editorial positions and advocacy for progressive causes. We also rate them Mostly Factual rather than High due to consistent one-sided reporting and weak sourcing techniques. (D. Van Zandt 12/12/2021)