- Overall, we rate the New Republic Left biased based on story selection and editorial positions that frequently favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: Medium Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
The New Republic is a liberal American magazine of commentary on politics and the arts published since 1914. Founded by major leaders of the Progressive Movement, it attempted to find a balance between progressivism focused on humanitarianism and moral passion. On the other hand, it sought a basis in the scientific analysis of social issues. According to their about page, “For over 100 years, we have championed progressive ideas and challenged popular opinion. Our vision for today revitalizes our founding mission for our new time. The New Republic promotes novel solutions for today’s most critical issues. We don’t lament intractable problems; our journalism debates complex issues and takes a stance. Our biggest stories are commitments for change.”
The current editor-in-chief is Win McCormack. You can view their Masthead here.
Funded by / Ownership
The New Republic has changed ownership many times during the 2000s, with Win McCormack purchasing the magazine in February 2016. Win McCormack is an Oregon-based publisher and editor-in-chief of the Tin House quarterly and Tin House Books. McCormack is also a political activist who served as Chair of the Oregon Steering Committee for Gary Hart‘s 1984 presidential campaign. He was chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon’s President’s Council and a member of the Obama for President Oregon Finance Committee. The New Republic earns revenue through advertising and subscriptions.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the New Republic produces high-quality, in-depth journalism that leans left in story selection. The New Republic frequently uses loaded emotional headlines such as this: White Nationalism Is an International Threat and this The Profound Emptiness of Beto O’Rourke. The New Republic also frequently publishes negative articles on Donald Trump: How to Piss Off Donald Trump. This article and most others are properly sourced to mostly mainstream left-leaning publications such as The Washington Post, Huff Post, and The Daily Beast.
Editorially, the New Republic typically endorses Democratic candidates such as Barack Obama. Further, editorials often align with liberal policies such as environmentalism, equal rights, and Universal Healthcare.
Failed Fact Checks
- None to date
Overall, we rate the New Republic Left biased based on story selection and editorial positions that frequently favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 5/13/2016) Updated (6/28/2020)