Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
The Monthly Review, established in 1949, is an independent socialist magazine published monthly in New York City. As of 2015, the publication remains the longest continuously published socialist magazine in the United States. The journal has an impact factor of 0.460. The current editor is John Bellamy Foster.
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Funded by / Ownership
The magazine and website are owned and published by the Monthly Review Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Revenue is derived through donations and subscription fees.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the Monthly Review publishes news and information related to Marxism, socialism, political economy, economics, social science, and philosophy. Articles and headlines often contain moderate loaded language and are well written such as this Paul Baran’s Economic Surplus Concept, the Baran Ratio, and the Decline of Feudalism. In another story they utilize in-depth sourcing see here: The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Fatal Health Inequities.
Editorially, the Monthly Review aligns with progressive and Marxist socialism through the support of climate change action, social justice, workers’ rights, and a strong focus on income inequality. In general, the information reviewed was factual and editorially aligned with the far-left, especially as it relates to economics.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate the Monthly Review Left Biased based on editorial positions that align with the socialist left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 12/15/2016) Updated (12/4/2020)