These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Outside Online as left-center biased based on editorial perspectives that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to reasonable sourcing of information and a clean fact-check record.
Bias Rating: LEFT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Website
Traffic/Popularity: High Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Outside Online is an extension of Outside Magazine, co-founded in 1977 by Jann Wenner, William Randolph Hearst III, and Jack Ford. Larry Burke later merged the magazine with Mariah and retained the Outside name.
In February 2021, Burke sold Outside Magazine and TV to Pocket Outdoor Media, which has since been renamed Outside Inc. The website covers travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.
Funded by / Ownership
Outside Online is owned and operated by Outside Integrated Media, LLC, which publishes various outdoor-related magazines such as Backpacker, Climbing, and Ski. They generate revenue through advertising, subscriptions, and an online store on the website that sells outdoor gear, clothing, and accessories.
Analysis / Bias
Outside Online tends to have a left-leaning bias in their news and opinion articles, such as in the article: Biden Restores Three National Monuments Slashed by Trump, Including Bears Ears in Utah.” While positive language is used to describe President Biden’s actions, negative words like “slashed,” “significantly curtailed,” and “altered” are used to describe President Trump’s actions, indicating potential bias in favor of Biden’s decision to restore the monuments.
The article relies on quotes from various sources, including Utah’s congressional delegation, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory, to provide insight into differing perspectives. Information from the Interior Department regarding the size reductions of the national monuments under the Trump administration is also referenced.
In another article, they are negative toward the former President: “The Trump Presidency Is the Worst Ever for Public Lands.” The language used in the article, such as ” threatened,” destroyed,” and ” degradation,” is negative and could suggest a bias against Trump’s administration. The article also cites factually mixed sources, such as the Center for American Progress, and credible sources, such as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Boem.gov, and alaskajournal.com, to provide evidence to support its claims.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Outside Online as left-center biased based on editorial perspectives that moderately favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to reasonable sourcing of information and a clean fact-check record. (M. Huitsing 04/13/2023)
Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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