- Overall, we rate the Missouri Independent Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The Missouri Independent is an online news website from Missouri. Their about statement reads, “The Missouri Independent is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization covering state government, politics and policy. It is staffed by veteran Missouri reporters and is dedicated to its mission of relentless investigative journalism that sheds light on how decisions in Jefferson City are made and their impact on individuals across the Show-Me State.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the Missouri Independent is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. States Newsroom publishes 28 other publications. The Missouri Independent is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page. Initially, when they launched, they got fiscal sponsorship from the Hopewell Foundation; however, once the IRS approved their application for 501(c)(3) charity certification, they severed their ties with Hopewell Foundation. There has been criticism of their involvement with the Hopewell Foundation, and they have responded to the criticism here.
Analysis / Bias
The Missouri Independent publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from Missouri. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects the people of Missouri. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderate, loaded language Independence lawyer tied to utility projects that drew FBI scrutiny indicted for tax evasion.
Editorially, opinion pieces favor the left, such as this The angry grandmother’s ‘Twelve Banned Books of Christmas’. On the issues, the Missouri Independent promotes LGBT equality and has concerns about climate change. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this How the GOP’s expected red wave crashed on the rocks of the insurrection. The Missouri Independent generally reports news factually; however, story selection and op-eds strongly favor a liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Missouri Independent Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them High in factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean check record. (M. Huitsing 12/14/2022)
Last Updated on June 27, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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