- Overall, we rate NC Newsline Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the progressive left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
NC Newsline‘ is a North Carolina public-policy think tank co-founded by Chris Fitzsimon and the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. The organization works in numerous public policy fields including issues of poverty, health care, mental health issues, transportation, and tax reform. According to their about page “NC Newsline, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center, is a news and commentary outlet dedicated to informing the public — including elected officials as they debate important issues — and ultimately to improving the quality of life for all North Carolinians.” They further state “The list of specific issues tackled over the years by the Policy Watch staff is a long one and includes state fiscal policy, voting rights, health care policy, K-12 and higher education, LGBTQ and immigrant rights, racism and racial discrimination, government and lobbying reform, environmental protection, reproductive freedom, sexual discrimination, affordable housing, gun violence, criminal justice reform, consumer protection and many, many more.”
There is a lack of transparency as they do not disclose their political affiliation or their donors.
Funded by / Ownership
NC Newsline is an affiliate of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. NC Newsline retains full editorial independence.
Analysis / Bias
In review, NC Newsline reports on public policy in NC from a progressive-liberal perspective. Articles and headlines contain moderate, but usually, minimally loaded language such as this Bill to allow concealed carry at churches with affiliated schools advances from committee. This story, like most, is properly sourced to credible media outlets such as local papers the Greensboro News and Record, Charlotte Observer and local TV stations. Story selection almost always favors the left.
Editorially, all information aligns with the political left such as reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, concern for climate change, income inequality, and gun reforms. In general, the news is reported factually, however, there is a significant lack of transparency regarding their mission and funding.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate NC Newsline Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the progressive left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to a lack of transparency. (D. Van Zandt 2/14/2017) Updated (04/28/2023)
Last Updated on June 27, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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