- Overall, we rate Ohio Capital-Journal 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
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: MEDIUM CREDIBILITY
Launched in 2019, the Ohio Capital-Journal, based in Columbus, Ohio, is a news website covering political news from a liberal perspective. They are part of the States Newsroom Network, which consists of news sites based in 18 states’ capitals.
Their about statement reads, “The Ohio Capital-Journal is an independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to connecting Ohioans to their state government and its impact on their lives. The Capital-Journal combines Ohio state government coverage with incisive investigative journalism, reporting on policy consequences, political insight, and principled commentary.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page, the Ohio Capital-Journal is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. The website is transparent as they link to the States Newsroom donors page listing all donors over $500. Donors include Google Initiatives, Thomas R. Brown Family Private Foundation, and up until 2019, they were a part of the Hopewell Fund. The Hopewell Fund has donated 4.9 million to Priorities USA, a Super PAC supporting the Democratic party. Donations to States Newsroom generate Revenue for Ohio Capital-Journal.
Analysis / Bias
The Ohio Capital-Journal publishes original news reporting on politics and policy from the capital of Columbus. Coverage focuses on the legislature, the environment, and how national policy affects Ohioans. Articles and headlines promote liberal perspectives through moderately loaded language Doctors discredit Ohio transgender bill as extreme overreach. Proper sourcing is used linking to several house bills.
Editorially, the Ohio Capital-Journal files their opinion pieces under “commentary.” A review of dozens shows an imbalance of opinions favoring the left. For example, they promote LGBT equality, Ohio Republicans celebrate Pride by creepily bullying female athletes and trans people, and advocacy for gun control On gun violence, we’ve got to be mad as hell and say we’re not going to take this anymore. Finally, they frequently report negatively on Republican politicians, such as this The law-flouting, truth-denying, science-deriding Trumpian Republican extremists are the real RINOs. Generally, the news is reported factually; however, op-eds strongly favor a progressive liberal perspective.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate the Ohio Capital-Journal Left Biased based on editorial positions that routinely favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting due to a lack of transparency in disclosing their liberal perspective. (D. Van Zandt 06/10/2022)
Last Updated on June 28, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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