Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: USA (45/180 Press Freedom)
Media Type: Magazine
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Thomas J. C. Martyn founded Newsweek in 1933 as a weekly magazine headquartered in New York City. Today, Newsweek is a news magazine and website covering news and analysis, international issues, technology, business, culture, and politics. Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961 and eventually sold to audio magnate Sidney Harman in 2010. The Daily Beast and Newsweek then merged in a joint venture and was named The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, which lasted for 2 years.
In 2013, Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis acquired Newsweek and IBT Media, re-branding themselves as Newsweek Media Group in 2017. Newsweek Media Group also owns the Latin Times and Medical Daily. Newsweek reported that Etienne Uzac, co-owner of Newsweek Media Group, and Marion Kim, the company’s finance director, both stepped down due to a long-term financial fraud probe.
Funded by / Ownership
Newsweek is owned by Newsweek Publishing LLC, which is co-owned by Dev Pragad and Johnathan Davis. Newsweek is funded through a paid subscription and advertising model.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Newsweek publishes national, and world news with minimal bias in wording such as this Republicans Lay Ground for Battle in Congress over Biden Stimulus Plan. News stories often use credible sources such as the Washington Post and New York Times. Coverage of political news tends to use more loaded language such as this Republicans Attack Joe Biden Stimulus Plan, Laying Ground for Congressional Battle.
Editorially, Newsweek features a wide variety of op-eds that range from right to left; however, in our review more aligned with the left such as this Media Have Every Right to Cancel Trump and this ‘Republican Mob’ Was Once an Oxymoron, Now It’s a Reality. They do present conservative voices as well, such as Alan Dershowitz and Newt Gingrich. In general, Newsweek reports news that is mostly factual and with a left-leaning editorial bias.
Failed Fact Checks
- Did Poland’s First Lady Refuse to Shake President Trump’s Hand? – FALSE
- Amazon Doesn’t Produce 20% of Earth’s Oxygen – FALSE
Overall, we rate Newsweek Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High due to two failed fact checks; however, they correct errors. (5/18/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 01/15/2021)